The Olive Reading List: August 8, 2013

Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve been reading, watching, and discussing in the Olive studio this week:

Website Launch Checklist: 25 Things to Test Before Your Site Goes Live

Preparing to launch a website can be a nerve-wracking experience. Have you proofread all of your site’s content? Has your code been properly structured and minified? Are your web fonts rendering properly on every browser? There are roughly 10,000 things to check before making your site live, but these 25 provide an excellent starting point.
— Erik Norsted (@enorsted)

Taming the Email Beast

Email has changed our expectations of communication; most of us feel like we need to be constantly available. We are tied to our email-enabled devices, and we have to check email every time the bell rings.
— Luke Prosser (@lukeprosser)

250 Pastas You Should Eat Before You Die

I’ll happily undertake an experiment to determine the success of the design rationale for each pasta shape.
— Shawn Lockhart (@ShawnALockhart)

“Designers shouldn’t code” is the Wrong Answer to the Right Question

A reiteration of the importance of designers being multi-faceted; the world of digital is immense and varied. If nothing else, designers should at least be knowledgeable in coding for the sake of understanding the limitations and possibilities of the web.
— Michaela Frokjer (@michaelafrokjer)

The UPS Store becomes first major US retailer to offer 3D printing service

Will easily-accessible 3D printing change the way we work? We’ll find out when 3D printing comes to the masses through the UPS store.
— Peter Robelia (@PeterRobelia)

How GM Makes a Car Sound Like What a Car is Supposed to Sound Like

Every car has a soundscape. Even noise is designed.
— Tom Keekley (@tkeekley)

The Personal Television Revolution Is Horrifying — And Brilliant

What we might be missing in our lives, now that we all have our own TVs and devices.
— Valerie Bradt (@valeriebradt)

Google’s Data-Trove Dance

Internal debates arise over using collected information and protecting privacy.
— Jonathan Sollie (@solliedesign)

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