Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

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A later than usual look at things that have made my week:

  • The V&A’s exhibition, British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age is a beautifully curated tour through British product design in the post-war period. I was bowled over by some of the post-war furniture design which showed a smart use of wood and minimalist use of materials. It made modern design look unfocused and flabby
  • Starbucks wi-fi. I stayed at a disappointing hotel in Manchester earlier this week and Starbucks wi-fi helped me to remain connected when the hotel infrastructure let me down
  • Mendeley is a social bookmarking, social search and referencing tool that would have been a life-saver when I was writing my chapter in The Social Media MBA, instead of wasting four hours on a Saturday at the end of July last year
  • I listened to J Dilla’s Donuts album for the first time in years and fell in love with the sublime production all over again
  • I finally invested in a case for my iPhone and got one of the promotional Van’s cases, the waffle sole seemed like the ideal way to hold the phone securely on plastic surfaces like my desk at work and a car dash when I use it as a GPS device

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