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Publishing Paradigms for Longform Web Content
Transitioning from a blog to an online magazine

https://www.opoloo.com/blog/articles/publication-paradigms-learning

by +Guenther Beyer 

These are some of the things we’ve learned over the last years, working with publication systems internally and for client.

Have you seen the internet lately? There’s high quality content all over the place — most of it in good old letters, supported by carefully selected images. But setting up those publications is hard: it takes time, expertise and care to make them great. Let’s talk about some timeless paradigms for online publishing that go beyond just setting up a scraggy blog.
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LINES 1.0 — A simple publishing engine, built with Ruby on Rails

https://www.opoloo.com/blog/articles/lines-1-0-better-responsive-publishing-for-ruby-on-rails

Our open source publishing platform LINES has evolved into a Ruby gem that you can plug into your Rails system. You may use it as the foundation for your blog or client work. It’s customizable and establishes a simple, comprehensive publishing process from writing to reading.

See it in action: https://www.opoloo.com/blog/
Fork it on GitHub: https://github.com/opoloo/lines-engine
Download the Gem: https://rubygems.org/gems/lines-engine
Get more info: http://lines.opoloo.com
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Making Time: Redesigning a Calendar Experience for Android
on +Smashing Magazine

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/07/redesigning-a-calendar-experience-for-android/

In UX design, few things are more intricate than time and personal time management — only a good arsenal of mobile design patterns and information architecture principles can save you. This is the story of redesigning the UX for a popular calendar tool on Android: Business Calendar. We’ll cover designing systems, interaction design problems, scaling across screens and platforms, research, big business decisions and their outcomes.
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What is Information Architecture?
I mean, really: what is that?

https://www.opoloo.com/blog/articles/what-is-information-architecture

The entirety of information architecture is hard to communicate to outsiders. Oliver Reichensteins unofficial axiomatic dictum that information is like cleaning your kitchen, has helped me give people an idea of what I spend my time with.

#informationarchitecture  
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The Surveillance State
An introduction

http://www.opoloo.com/blog/articles/the-surveillance-state

New on Opoloo’s blog, this article dissects the way institutional surveillance works, along with some handy tricks for beginners on how to keep your personal details to yourself.

Because it’s not what they do with your data now, it’s what might be done with it in the future:

In 1933, during the last census in the Weimar Republic, all citizens were asked about their religious affiliation. This information was later used by the nazis to find and murder fellow Jewish citizens.
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What is a Metaphor?
I mean, really: what is that?

http://www.opoloo.com/blog/articles/what-is-a-metaphor

New on Opoloo’s blog: an investigation about metaphors as a concept in the digital space and beyond.
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The Frankenstein Reboot
Redesigning BeyondPod for Android

http://www.opoloo.com/blog/articles/the-frankenstein-reboot

With 2 million active users, BeyondPod is one of the most popular podcast apps. It has been around since the beginnings of Android and as time’s moving swiftly in the app universe, it had become a veritable Frankenstein’s monster over the years.

Together with the company, we took the app apart bit by bit, rethought and reassembled it to turn the monster into a real people person again, someone you’ll enjoy being around and spending your precious time with.

In Opoloo’s fashion, we’d like to share +Guenther Beyer’s  extensive case study with you, covering all project phases from research & analysis, to strategy, information architecture, interface design, polish, and shipping. You’re welcome, enjoy and go beyond.

Special thanks to +Stefan Kyntchev alias “Dr Frankenstein”.
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The Things We Need to Talk About
A short motivation to the people behind technology
by +Guenther Beyer

http://blog.opoloo.com/articles/the-things-we-need-to-talk-about

There’s no denying it: times are tough on a geo-political scale. Let’s stop wasting air and instead consider some of the things that really matter. Let’s talk about what technological responsibility means.
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Androidicons Goes Open Source

All good things don’t come to an end—some just continue in a different form. We’ve decided to make our popular Android Developer Icons an open source project. You may now download the set for free and do with it whatever you like, including the icon font.

Thank you kindly for supporting us over the years.

Head over to our blog to read up on everything:
http://blog.opoloo.com/articles/androidicons-goes-open-source

Or download the set right here:
http://androidicons.com/

By the way: yes, that’s a smiley icon with a mustache and a gag-ball.

#iconset #android #androiddeveloper #icon #opensource  
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Hook 010
Opoloo’s Friday Link Digest on Information Architecture

http://blog.opoloo.com/articles/hook-010

Achieving a great information architecture for a digital product is hard, but it’s always worth the effort. So this Friday we wanted to share with you some valuable resources on IA that may have an effect upon how you think about design and development as well.

Among the inspiring people in this week’s Hook are:

+Andrea Resmini
+Luca Rosati
+Oliver Reichenstein
+Abby Covert
+Ryan Singer
+Peter Morville
+Darren Northcott
+Andrew Maier

Enjoy.
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