March, 2009

  • Steve Clayton

    How To Make Coffee



    Simple, elegant information design. I only wish a few of the high street coffee shops in the UK hung this on their wall instead of serving everything up as a latte/milky coffee. That bit where it says Steamed Milk and Milk Foam…they’re totally different from “milk”.

    Hat tip to Core77

  • Steve Clayton

    YouTube using Silverlight



    WOW. This little sliver of news from MIX09 this week slipped by me. YouTube are streaming March Madness live using Silverlight. If you don’t know what March Madness is, don’t worry (strangely I knew…) but that’s not the news. The news is this isn’t being delivered in Flash. The quality is stunning.

    Start of things to come on YouTube? I hope so….

    Hat tip to GigaOm and NewTeeVee

  • Steve Clayton

    New Microsoft Ad: Laptop Hunters

    <a href=";playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:0bb6a07c-c829-4562-8375-49e6693810c7&amp;showPlaylist=true&amp;from=msnvideo" target="_new" title="Laptop Hunters $1000 – Lauren Gets an HP Pavilion">Video: Laptop Hunters $1000 – Lauren Gets an HP Pavilion</a>

    I pal showed this to me yesterday whilst here on Microsoft Campus – and today it went public. Next stage of the Crispin Porter + Bogusky effect.

    I’m LOVING the new laptop hunters site to accompany this. Clean, elegant and simple.


    ….and finally check out the banner on WSJ

  • Steve Clayton

    Twitter Brevity



    From GeekAndPoke

  • Steve Clayton

    Generation F



    That’s the Facebook generation to you and I…though really just a smart way of naming Gen Y. Their rules are set forth by Gary Hamel in the WSJ management blog and I found them via my good pal John Caswell.

    1. All ideas compete on an equal footing.
    2. Contribution counts for more than credentials.
    3. Hierarchies are natural, not prescribed.
    4. Leaders serve rather than preside.
    5. Tasks are chosen, not assigned.
    6. Groups are self-defining and -organizing.
    7. Resources get attracted, not allocated.
    8. Power comes from sharing information, not hoarding it.
    9. Opinions compound and decisions are peer-reviewed.
    10. Users can veto most policy decisions.
    11. Intrinsic rewards matter most.
    12. Hackers are heroes.

    Gary has some detail behind each of them and they’re spot on for the world I live in. I like these two in particular


    2. Contribution counts for more than credentials.
    When you post a video to YouTube, no one asks you if you went to film school. When you write a blog, no one cares whether you have a journalism degree. Position, title, and academic degrees—none of the usual status differentiators carry much weight online. On the Web, what counts is not your resume, but what you can contribute.


    8. Power comes from sharing information, not hoarding it.
    The Web is also a gift economy. To gain influence and status, you have to give away your expertise and content. And you must do it quickly; if you don’t, someone else will beat you to the punch—and garner the credit that might have been yours. Online, there are a lot of incentives to share, and few incentives to hoard.


    Oh and check #11 too…

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