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Weekly Inspirations: May 20th, 2016

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

Agencies on Canal Street Are Waging a Post-it-Note War, and It’s Awesome

A full-blown Post-it note art war had erupted on Canal Street in New York City, with a number of agencies participating—including Havas Worldwide, Horizon Media, Cake Group, Biolumina and Harrison and Star. (Update: Getty Images has also been involved.) On social media, the posts have been tagged #canalnotes and #postitwars and have been flooding in. It’s a wonder any client work was getting done at these shops last week. This war seems destined only to get bigger, both on Canal Street and elsewhere after agencies hear about it. In fact, we have word that at least one of the Canal Street agencies is planning the next big step in the #postitwar.
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Worona: Turn your WordPress into an App

Worona is an open source WordPress plugin that enables users to convert their WordPress Blog into a native mobile App. Worona is divided into 2 different parts: the WordPress plugin itself, which prepares the content of your WordPress site to be sent to the app, and the native app coded using Corona SDK. The functioning of Worona is pretty easy. In this first release, Worona plugin takes all the posts from your site,
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Infinite Scrolling, Pagination Or “Load More” Buttons? Usability Findings In eCommerce

What is the best UX pattern to display products on an e-commerce website: pagination, a “Load more” button or infinite scrolling? At Baymard Institute, we’ve conducted several year-long large-scale usability studies of more than 50+ leading e-commerce websites. We tested (among other things) these three design patterns for loading products, both on desktop and mobile.
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How ‘The Simpsons’ Will Pull Off a ‘Live’ Episode

This Sunday, the long-running Fox animated show will attempt something new, when the last three minutes of the show will be done live. The show’s plot will center around Homer joining an improv comedy troupe after being burned in public by his boss Mr. Burns. At the end of the episode, he’ll appear in a “top secret bunker” and viewers can call a telephone number and ask Homer questions — anything topical is on the table, including events from the day. Homer’s voice actor Dan Castellaneta will answer the questions on the spot that viewers at home will see and hear Homer answer.
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The 23-Point UX Design Checklist

During the design process, some flaws in your product will go unnoticed. Those little (or sometimes big) things can do a lot to hurt the experience that the user has while using your software. This article is a list of points for you to check before the design is signed off.
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Please don’t learn to code

There’s an idea that’s been gaining ground in the tech community lately: Everyone should learn to code. But here’s the problem with that idea: Coding is not the new literacy. If you regularly pay attention to the cultural shenanigans of Silicon Valley, you’ve no doubt heard of the “Learn to Code” movement. Politicians, nonprofit organizations like Code.org and even former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City have evangelized what they view as a necessary skill for tomorrow’s workforce. There may be some truth to that, especially since the United States’ need for engineers shows no sign of slowing down. But the picture is more complicated.
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