Amazon’s first Go storefront is set to open on Monday in Seattle. I first heard about this about a year ago. Not being a fan of lines, I like the concept. However, I ask the same question now as I did then: Why make customers scan their phones to enter the store?
I suspect the barriers exist to prevent theft. But, it seems like a step that could be avoided or at least made less like entering the subway.
via Dave Winer
The New Yorker has an interesting article about Scripto, an App that Stephen Colbert helped build.
This is a reminder of two things:
- If the tools you’re using aren’t working so well, try building your own
- Software doesn’t need to be built with the intention that it can be used by everybody, limited audiences are okay
via Dave Winer linkblog
Cards Against Humanity’s Pulse of the Nation presents some enlightening information about our country, like this nugget:
By the way, this poll’s scrollytelling is a good example of the form. I like how they’ve included some navigation and wayfinding to overcome some of the drawbacks of these scroll-only interactions.
via Flowing Data
Brad Frost posted a detailed write-up of his process for writing and publishing his book about Atomic Design. It’s a good read if you’re interested in doing the same—or just interested in the process. I like how he wrote this book in the open, allowing people to suggest edits along the way.