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A few good reads

I’ve been way behind on my RSS feeds.  Trying to catch up lately.  Here are some recent good reads.

 

Infovis: http://www.perceptualedge.com/blog/?p=1770

Stephen Few verbosely explains the same issues I’ve been seeing in recent research on chart junk in visualizations.

 

UI Design: http://goodui.org/

This is a great site for reminding you of design principles.

As an aside, though, in its own design it misses the excellent idea of “table of contents” or “collapsible sections” for insanely long pages.  I’ve been to a lot of startup sites that subscribe to this absurdly long page design, and they almost always lose my interest before the action item appears.  It’s almost as bad as making me watch a video just to maaaaybe find out whether the product has three features I require.

 

Startup: http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/10/price-elasticity-economics-set-prices.html

This explains the concept and importance of price elasticity for pricing your products, how Apple can get away with jaw-dropping prices in some markets, but must rein in the prices just a bit in other markets.  Likewise manufacturers of facial tissue or twist ties must price largely according to competitors’ prices and the fairly minor differentiations in the products.

 

Quantified Self: http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2013/10/17/by-whom-for-whom-science-startups-and-quantified-self/

Whitney Erin Boesel led a breakout session with Jakob Eg Larsen at QS Global 2013 on “QS Researchers”, focused on the intersection of academia and Quantified Self.  She posted an excellent report on the discussion, including some possible action points.

 

Personal: http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/10/digital-afterlife-services.html

A handy overview of how to arrange for a digital executor, potentially in addition to your estate executor.