Joseph Eichler was the only merchant builder in America who built modernist style homes on a large scale, designed by skilled architects and using quality materials. His contemporary houses have not been equaled since, and 50 years on they still look ‘modern’.
When I’m a grown up I want to design modular prefabricated homes.
Video of my presentation at last weeks Conversions@Google conference.
“In his Building a Testing Culture presentation at Google Conversions 2017 in Dublin, Ireland, Stuart Frisby discussed the culture, process, and team structures needed/used at Booking.com to support thousands of optimization tests.”
“Inspired by the recent work that Github and Medium have done to improve their fonts and thus the reading experience on their sites, we at Booking.com got to thinking about our own long-established font choices.”
These shipping container kit houses are lovely. I’d love to buy one and plonk it down somewhere in the countryside.
a recently discovered cache of post-war British photography depicting war damage, slums and new developments across England.
Visit: The JR James Archive
“it costs about £38,000 ($54,000) to be a gay man in England; women in the US tech industry pay a tax of between $100,000 and $300,000; and women in tech in Hong Kong or Singapore face an even steeper $800,000 to $1.5 million.”
Clint Mansell has released the original score he wrote for the beautiful San Junipero episode from the most recent season of Black Mirror. It’s lovely.
“The Pure Land school established on this basis may be called the way of salvation by a “power outside of ourselves,” or “other power” (i.e., the power of Amida Buddha). Buddhism is the teaching of the Buddha and the teaching by which to become a buddha, that is, Buddhism is the way through which everyone, regardless of age, sex, race, or ability can be liberated and attain enlightenment.”
Visit: Jōdo-shū Buddhism
There are countless places we’ve seen in New Zealand this past ten days where one of these would be the perfect way to enjoy the views and the sounds of the landscapes here. Just need to find the right spot, and a generous benefactor.
Visit: The VIPP shelter
Spark is easily the best email client I’ve ever used on iOS - so I’m excited to see they’ve released a macOS version. If you’ve not tried it out, you should give it a try, even if just for some design inspiration - the things it does with quick replies and the smart inbox are really clever ways of addressing fundamental flaws in the way email works.
Visit: Spark for macOS
The soundtracks to YouTube goal compilations are hardly the last bastion of good taste — all dirty house drops and tired Requiem for a Dream imitations — but if anyone deserves to have their scoring output set to Mozart’s Divertimento in D major, it’s the greatest footballer ever to come out of Guernsey.
“Long ago I wrote about how bad user experiences feel like fighting your way uphill and good ones feel like you’re coasting downhill. An uphill UI feels like you’re fighting against the app; a downhill UI makes it feel like the app is helping you along. I spent an hour or so kicking the tires with Microsoft Teams, both on the Mac and iOS, and it’s definitely a fighting your way uphill feeling.”
Farnley Hey is one of Britain’s most celebrated Modern houses. This four-bedroom home with spectacular views over the Pennines was designed by the architect Peter Womersley in 1954 as a wedding present to his brother. Maintained in remarkably original condition, it is a magnificent example of Mid-Century Modern architecture. It was one of the first post-war buildings to be listed (Grade II).
I bought an Amazon Echo in the UK this week, and am trying to figure out how to set it up to work properly from The Netherlands. This post explains how to update the timezone - but Amazon seem to have crippled changing address info using the same approach in the latest version of the Echo software.
For Amsterdam, the correct timezone designation is ‘Europe/Amsterdam’.
Visit: Editing Amazon Echo Timezone
Julia Autz documents Transnistria, a breakaway republic steeped in Soviet nostalgia.
Japanese in its written form is beautiful in a way that latinate languages never could be, but the web has rarely treated it well.
“Jacob Olie (1834 — 1905) was a photographer from Amsterdam known for his scenes of everyday life there. These amazing photos are from his work of this city before 1900.”
Visit: Vintage Everyday
Mac OS X Dictionary containing Emoji and their meanings. Clever.
Maybe this is the almost interface-less web browser I’ve been looking for.
My wife is exhibiting this series of serene, minimalist seascapes at the upcoming Annual Dutch Art Fair later this month. Go check them out if you’re in town.
Visit: Victoria Clarke
Qrates looks like a really cool service - it’s a small-run on-demand viynl pressing service & crowdfunding platform for independant musicians. I’ll be off writing some more music so I have something to stick on a record.
This neat little mac menu bar app is a wrapper the overcast.fm web app which utilises the system media keys and doesn’t kill your podcasts when you accidentally close the wrong browser tab.
Download your pinboard bookmarks as webloc files with Mac OS X tags
If you’re into breakaway republics, failed states & unrecognised secessionist movements, then this my friend - is the Wikipedia page for you: Wikipedia: UNPO
“I don’t think it should be considered a device exclusively for the luxury end of the market,” says Stuart Frisby, principal designer at Booking.com which has just launched its Booking Now for Apple Watch app. “There was a time when luxury travel really meant staying in a five-star hotel and having a very typical high-end experience. What we see more and more is that time and convenience have become greater luxuries, so apps which make travellers’ lives easier when booking accommodation are highly valued.”
When me and my then-girlfriend decided 6 weeks after meeting that we should move to New Zealand for a couple of years, I thought that would be the craziest travel adventure I’d ever say yes to, but it wasn’t.