Ello

The concept of an ad-free social network could really take off as a backlash against the current norm of Twitter, Facebook, etc. Business and advertisers have completely invaded our personal connections.

I would be surprised if Ello gains mass appeal. It feels more like a designer's portfolio site than a social media site. The design and UI (user interface) reminds me of Cargo Collective, a popular portfolio creation service. Ello feels too designer-y, like it's trying too hard to be cool. I think most people won't "get" it.

However, it definitely could find an audience and gain traction among a certain user-base, which might be the goal. The new trend in social networking is specialized niche networks that cater to connecting specific demographics based on interests or commonalities.

Seems to me that Ello is catering to anti-mainstream hipsters who want to share their artistic filtered photos and latest gluten-free, vegan-friendly restaurant find ;)

Netflix Should Use a Dark UI

I don't think the redesign is as poor as this article claims, but I agree that it's lacking the nostalgic quality that the former logo possessed. I do like how sharp and highly legible it appears on-screen. However, as someone who uses Netflix primarily through the browser, I think the new website is too bright. Most people watch Netflix at night, when their eyes are tired, right? So the site should use a dark UI, not a light one that's hard on the eyes. Where was the UX designer on that one?

Netflix Has A Boring New Logo It Doesn't Want To Talk About

In–App Purchases

Does anyone else hate in-app purchases as much as I do? When used correctly, they are a welcome addition to the free–to–play model. However, I think the current pricing structures in most games are absolutely ludicrous. Or are people willingly shelling out fifty American dollars for a marginally better racing kart in Angry Birds Go?

Apple to refund at least $32.5M for kids' in-app purchases

Nothing to Lose

The story behind LOST is fascinating; it is truly hard–to–believe that it even aired with any amount success. I identify with Lindelof’s struggles as a young creative, but my biggest takeaway from this is that everyone involved built this with the attitude that they had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

The origins of Lost, as told by the people who made it.