This week, Melanie and Emily offer their opinions and insight on a variety of topics, including the ousting of Apple iOS miracle worker and polarizing executive Scott Forstall, the design debate over skeuomorphism, presidential campaigns and voting in the digital age, and commerce as content.
I. Adventures in Mobile Payments Part 3: SUCCESS
Melanie and Emily offer a happy update on their ongoing pursuit of mobile-friendly vendors. Square and Level-Up
II. Apple Kicks Scott Forstall to the Curb; Skeuomorphism
After refusing to sign a formal apology for Apple Maps, among other things, iOS chief Scott Forstall was ousted from Apple. Em and Mel discuss one of his Jobs-like signatures, skeuomorphic style (replicating the shape of necessary parts of old forms in a new medium where those elements are no longer required). Forstall was a mobile software leader and prolific inventor but also a divisive figure. “Forstall’s name is second on the patent that lays out exactly how the iPhone and iPad work. The first name on that patent is Steve Jobs.”
III. Commerce as Content (and vice versa)
Pinterest, Fab, and Shopkick
IV. Digital Media and the Presidential Election
Electronic voting, ballots, and recounts. Security and hacking at the polls. The future of voting.
- Twitter mood predicts the stock market – Johan Bollen, Huina Mao, Xiao-Jun Zeng. 10/14/2010
- Will Apple’s Tacky Software Design Philosophy Cause a Revolt? -Austin Carr, fastcodesign.com, 9/11/2012
- SNL Louis CK clip referenced in episode:
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