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Resource Roundup for April 29, 2011

Last week, there were a bunch of articles on tracking and privacy being passed around. I’m glad to see this topic gaining interest and remaining in the zeitgeist:

Frog Design’s Ben McAllister asks Why Does Data Tracking Bother Us? in a post about the hidden future costs of tracking technology.

Along a similar train of thought, WIRED UK columnist Russell Davies asks How Would You Feel if I was Reading Your Email? in an article about the more mundane future of a culture grown used to tracking.

After reading these two posts, among others, I couldn’t restrain myself and posted my own analysis/rant about privacy, Privacy is Not a Place. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, you might also want to check out my article from last fall on tracking, called If They Are Watching, Should You Watch Too?

Moving on from privacy, here are a few other links of interest:

Frank Chimero discusses Designer’s Poison in a post about the AIGA-sponsored Twitter event, One Day for Design.

David Baker tweeted a link to an electric post from Julien Smith about “not giving a…” well, let’s just say, “not caring what other people think.” I agree with David; it’s pretty good.

David Sherwin, designer at Frog and author of Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills, recently had an article published in The Atlantic Monthly called The Creativity Killer: Group Discussions on how we can be intentional about creating the right environment for ideation.

Last week’s episode of The Spark podcast was all about joy, enchantment, and work. The bit that I think will be of interest to you is the 22-minute interview with 37 Signals founder Jason Fried, who candidly discusses different ideas he’s tried out in order to cut down distractions and make the workplace productive again.

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