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Confusing visual brand

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Its a relatively small thing but the confusing visual brand in the current Labour leadership content is weird and will confuse voters. I have chosen to ignore for a moment the divisive nature of the current leadership battle. Or a membership that is fractured between a self-destructive underclass, a squeezed public sector and a despised metropolitan elite.

The thing that struck me about the hustings were not the words but the visual design. This wasn’t the socialist red that we saw from Kinnock onwards, but a dirty pink.
There was a union jack at the back that would have made more sense at a Conservative party conference. The politics of Labour are confused, but not half as confused as current visual branding.

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Links of the day | 在网上找到

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Press – Silicon Valley – Nieman Reports – interesting, smart read. I thought that press coverage of Silicon Valley has been sycophantic for decades. There were some noticeable exceptions like InfoWorld’s Notes from the Field in the early 1990s. More on Silicon Valley here.

This Is How The Majority Of The World Will Get Online, Google Hopes – BuzzFeed News – “My relationship to Google is like I’m forced to be married to someone,” said Rudiantara, who noted that his government eventually spoke to Google, who created the technology behind the maps and accounts that make the insanely popular game possible and had made sure the game was being played away from sensitive military sites. “We can’t say go to hell to Google or to technology. But we also cannot allow them to do everything they want to do.”

Microsoft helps Mac users ditch Evernote for OneNote with new tool | TechCrunch – never been a big Evernote fan, but this doesn’t look good for them

Chicago’s predictive policing tool just failed a major test | The Verge – this also has implications for the adoption of big data

The stuff we really need is getting more expensive. Other stuff is getting cheaper. – The Washington Post – really interesting paradox of western society

It looks like Watch battery life is still a problem Apple can’t easily fix | BGR – battery technology hasn’t really evolved significantly since lithium ion technology

Why Japan has more music stores than the rest of the world — Quartz – It’s not uncommon for a CD to be released in five different versions, featuring different covers, B-sides, or bonus DVDs.This speaks to a love of physical objects that’s characteristic of Japanese and also German culture, says Mulligan. These two countries have a shared preference for cash over credit cards, and also the strongest sales of physical music in the world. – It reminds me of the UK before chart regulations redefined what length a single could be way before digital formats

China rings up US$32.4b sales of smartphones in second-quarter | SCMP – huge volumes, not so huge margins

Nationwide looks to appeal to A-level audience with Snapchat Geofilter and Lens campaign | Social Media | The Drum – desperately trying to be down with the kids

0.13.0 Binary Safety Warning | – this is their equivalent of a warrant canary. Shit is about to sideways in cryptocurrency and all those fintech startups looking at blockchain will also be tainted by concerns. For the US cracking bitcoin allows them to attack the deep web and tax evasion. It also allows economic warfare against China which currently dominates bitcoin. From China’s perspective cracking bitcoin could help on tigers-and-flies investigations and capital flight

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Things that made my day this week

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Fire in the Booth – Charlie Sloth gets an assortment of drum and bass MCs including Skibadee for some non-stop skills. Fire in the Booth certainly lives up to its name.

In terms of skills there aren’t that many rappers who could hold a candle to auctioneers styling over hip hop beats. The delivery on this is superhuman.

Lowe’s the DIY chain has made good use of 360 video now available on Facebook. More on Facebook here.

McMansions 101: What Makes a McMansion Bad… – or a great 101 guide to design principles

Orzo a Mexican American DJ producer did a good cover of Bamboleo that is available as a free download