Friday Review

The Boy Who Cried War

Welcome to Friday Review episode 2, where I take a quick look back at the week and pick out a few highlights – this week we’re looking at the importance of user interfaces, plus; why I went to Parliament, what I’m reading now, stories in Portuguese, and a few interesting jobs I’ve seen advertised. This one is called…


The importance of User Interface

  • This week a nuclear warning was triggered in Honolulu, in part due to poor design and user interface – cue global vindication of UI designers on Twitter:

  • Accenture released an interesting document stating that AI is the new UI, discussing the rise in voice activated tools like Alexa and Google Home and how they are affecting the way we interact with technology.
  • This article argues that Google are eating Apple for breakfast (or lunch), in part due to the continuous improvement of voice interaction with their products (‘Ok Google’ is better than ‘Hey Siri’).
  • Finally, sort of related to UI: Screenshots of Despair is a collection of signs and notifications that demonstrate that if you’re an interface and you can’t think of anything nice to say, it’s better to say nothing at all:

Charity launch at Parliament

At Overture London (the branding agency at which I work) we’ve been working in partnership with the Social Mobility Business Partnership, an initiative setup to increase social mobility (that is, the movement of people within or between social strata in a society). SMBP are especially trying to improve chances for young people in impoverished backgrounds to make careers in the fields of law, accounting and business.

As part of our partnership with SMBP we built them a shiny new website, and I visited Parliament to attend their launch event on Tuesday evening.


Currently I’m reading two books on the go (one with each eye):

  • The Rules of Work, by Richard Templar. So far I’m deeply unimpressed by this internationally bestselling book. A vapid, obvious set of rules seemingly designed for selfish people to trick others into putting them into a higher position than their ‘moron’ colleagues. I’ll finish it, but unless something changes my review isn’t going to be exactly glowing.
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne. Continuing with classic fiction from last week, this original sci-fi novel has been keeping me well entertained on my bus journeys from Peckham to Shoreditch every day.

Plus, I’ve written a review of the book I read last week: Far From the Madding Crowd. (TL;DR – I really enjoyed it).

Reading in other languages

When you’re learning a language as a child, one of the fastest ways to develop your language and vocabulary is to read a lot.

Whilst learning Portuguese with Duolingo, I’ve become more interested in reading some basic books to improve my overall knowledge of the language (my uncle, for example, now reads the papers in German, French and English which is pretty amazing).

If you’ve tried to read Harry Potter in another language, you’ll appreciate the difficulty of finding suitable stories that provide the correct level of challenge: HP is difficult largely due to the high percentage of made up words!

Stories by Duolingo provides free, online, interactive stories that are both engaging and fun – I’ve already done a couple and they feel like a great way to get you into the language and to stretch yourself – plus, you occasionally interact with the story to ensure you understand what you’re reading!

Highly recommended:

Interesting creative jobs Spotted this week

Do you have a job or internship in the creative industries you want to advertise on Friday Review? I’ll feature some of the most interesting ones I hear of.

I’m excited about

I’ve had my first signup to my email newsletter – you know who you are 🙂

Why don’t you join my lonely subscriber by sticking your email in the pink bar at the bottom of my website? Go on. Go on. Go on go on go on go on go on go on go on go on…….

And finally

This micro story left me feeling better about the future of living under our robot overlords. See you next week!