Brilliant Reads: your brain hates you, cards are the future, and which buzz monitoring tool is right for you.

Welcome to Brilliant Reads. This week your brain hates you, cards are the future, and which buzz monitoring tool is right for you.

Your brain hates you, and other hazards of metrics

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Image by dierk schaefer | CC BY 2.0

From steps taken and calories burned, to photographs liked and updates shared, it’s easier than ever to track and quantify every aspect of our lives. In this piece Jeff Eaton encourages us to keep sight of the bigger picture and respect the limits of our understanding.

Sagmeister and the ‘bullshit’ around storytelling

You are not a storyteller – Stefan Sagmeister @ FITC from FITC on Vimeo.

This post from the Creative Review blog looks at the controversy stemming from Stefan Sagmeister’s proclamation that the mantle of ‘storyteller’ has lost all meaning within the creative industries. The interview for FITC’s Camp festival in Calgary was designed to ruffle feathers at the conference where the theme is storytelling.

Israel, Gaza, war and data: social networks and the art of personalising propaganda

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Image by mikecogh | CC BY-SA 2.0

While war rages on the ground in Gaza and across Israeli skies, there’s an all-out information war unraveling in social networked spaces. A healthy democracy is contingent on having a healthy media ecosystem. As builders of these online networked spaces, how do we make sure we are optimising not only for traffic and engagement, but also an informed public?

Card Architecture > Card Design 

If you’ve used Twitter, Google, Spotify, Pinterest, Facebook’s Paper app or a host of newer startups, you’ve probably seen a card. Cards have quickly become a dominant design pattern for mobile devices because of how the design format is able to deliver information in an easily readable, scannable format that is easily navigable with a single finger, often the thumb. This article looks beyond the design of cards to the architecture behind them.

Buzz monitoring tool selection checklist 

Buzz monitoring and social media platforms may be used for publishing, monitoring, engaging, and measurement. Tools tend to focus on one or two of these areas, but many attempt to include features of three or even four. This checklist will help you choose which tool is best for your needs.

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