The Olive Reading List: February 26, 2015

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

25 Fantastic and Funny Photos Celebrate Photoshop’s 25th Birthday

Photoshop turned 25 last week. From an artistic trompe l’oeil to the outright bizarre, the ability to trust a photograph has greatly diminished in the last quarter of a century. Celebrate this amazing and indispensable designers’ tool with a few enjoyable images to brighten your day.
— Jessie Reagen

The Velveteen Rabbit, Reimagined with Uncommon Tenderness by Beloved Japanese Illustrator Komako Sakai

The classic tale that “speaks to our deepest anxieties about the effects of technological progress on our humanity”—newly and beautifully illustrated.
— Dani Adelman (@DaniAdelman)

Martin Scorsese Emphasizes Doing Over Dreaming In New Apple Spot

I found the latest Apple iPad commercial to be really catchy and inspiring, especially the speech in it by Martin Scorsese. So much so, I wanted to share it in my post this week.
— Ben Oberg (@benoberg)

What 5-Year-Olds Can Teach Us About Life After 50

This article is important for people of any age who may have lost some of their childhood wonder. This piece reminds us to be curious about the world around us, talk to strangers, take care of ourselves, take chances, and pursue our passions. Kids do, and say, crazy things, but their intentions can teach us lessons about the world that we may have forgotten as we grew up.
— Katie Yohn (@KatieLyohn)

Survey Questions That Work: How to Unlock Your Customers’ Deepest Desires

Whether you’re considering a new product launch or a new brand strategy, it’s always best to hear directly from your customers rather than rely on guesses and intuition. In other words … survey. Here’s how to do it.
— Erik Norsted (@enorsted)

An Exploration Of Carousel Usage On Mobile E-Commerce Websites

The use of carousels on websites has a bad wrap, but a new study reveals that when used correctly, they may just boost click rates and, ultimately, purchases.
— Leah Alsum

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