This week - Facebook Paper hates your cartilage, free design prototyping, and Science FTW.
If you are a designer that actually cares about the advancement of your art, and have moved into prototyping out your interactive designs - such as an app - then it is at least worth the time to check out Origami. This is a free design prototyping service that allows you to create an interactive mock-up without having to encumber your creative process with those pesky development skills. Granted, this is a Mac OSX application, so if you are windows-based, well, you've got bigger problems my friend.
This week Facebook released its Papers application, which is an interactive timeline approach to your Facebook feed with a decidedly Windows 8 feel to it. Despite the fact that you can already view all the information provided via both the desktop website and the existing Facebook mobile app, clearly Facebook felt that a more visually appealing, tactile magazine format was needed for the cultured hipster on the go. Not everyone is enamored by this release, however. Most notably, those who prefer their thumbs arthritis-free. Click thru to read an interesting piece on the ergonomics of Paper and how design could cure the problem.
Anyone who grew up in the late 80's and early 90's knows that not only is Bill Nye the world's best science teacher, but he provides you with ample opportunities as an adult to appreciate his brilliance both in scientific debate and via social media. He is the Betty White of public access television. February 4th, ole Bill had the opportunity to debate evolution versus creationism with creationist Ken Ham at the Creationist Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. Talk about lacking home court advantage here... Now, many who support creationism claim Nye's defeat in this debate, which is understandable given the look of frustration on his face nearing the end of the evening. Personally, I have more respect for a man who maintains that you could change his position by providing him with evidence of the contrary, than a man who says you will never change his mind at all. The essence of a true scientist is to take an inquiring mind, provide evidence and data, and come to a logical conclusion. If you don't come to a logical conclusion, you just keep researching. I admire his "we may never know for sure" position on this, while still respecting someone's faith that a higher power had a hand in it all. We work in statistical data every day here at Inovāt, so maybe we are predisposed to believe that science explains it all. Follow the link to view the entire debate.