The Olive Reading List: March 13, 2014

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

This 4-Year-Old Makes Paper Dresses With Her Mom — And They Keep Getting More Amazing

This 4-year-old named Mayhem is a paper dress wizard – creating new ones each day with her mom. It’s amazing to see how creative they are, and even how complex some get. A fun and inspiring read!
— Jessie Reagen

The Real Victim Of The Comcast-Time Warner Merger? Digital Innovation

When we have a ‘broadband system that’s slower than Romania’s (a country whose GDP per capita is less than a quarter of ours)’ and I somehow pay $65/month for my connection, that makes me worry. I worry about the lack of competition and what that means for connection speeds, customer service, interactive design and the Internet as a whole.
— Jonathan Sollie (@solliedesign)

The Trippy ’60s, Courtesy of a Master

“Mad Men” goes psychedelic for the upcoming season’s poster with the help of Milton Glaser. Are they hinting that Don will drop advertising and open up a biodynamic food store in the Village? We’ll see…
— Peter Robelia (@PeterRobelia)

Debunking the UX myth. Over again.

Let’s face it, many people throw the “UI” and “UX” labels around without really understanding what they mean. Yes, they are related and they sometimes overlap, but let’s all at least try to get on the same page here.
— Erik Norsted (@enorsted)

The Book That Lies Behind The Success Of HBO’s “True Detective”

Fascinating commentary on the idea that it’s sometimes what isn’t there that makes modern design so appealing.
— Dani Noyes (@DaniNoyes)

19 Daily Habits Of Artists That Can Help Unlock Your Creativity

These are more like philosophical statements than actionable habits, but good reminders nonetheless.
— Shawn Lockhart (@ShawnALockhart )

Souhan: Osenieks gets one last moment on the Barn floor

Having grown up playing sports and always keeping an eye on the Gophers basketball team, I appreciated the Oto Osenieks moment on “Senior Night.” It’s often too easy to lose sight of the human element of sports and to get caught up in only the winning and losing. I enjoy hearing about behind the scenes stories and seeing gestures like what happened with Oto Osenieks during his final game at the Barn.
— Ben Oberg (@benoberg )

MIT Students Invent a Universal Language Made of GIFs

The research tool/game these MIT students created to explore the expressive qualities of the GIF is both fun and admittedly a little addicting. Who knows? Maybe through GIFGIF we’ll have a brand-new, meaningful way to communicate.
— Katie Yohn (@KatieLyohn)

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