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April 8, 2014
So Wikipedia redesigned last week, but you’d never notice on your own because all they did was barely change the fonts (old version above; new version below). Why didn’t they go much further than that? Because EVERYONE WOULD NOT STOP COMPLAINING.

So Wikipedia redesigned last week, but you’d never notice on your own because all they did was barely change the fonts (old version above; new version below). Why didn’t they go much further than that? Because EVERYONE WOULD NOT STOP COMPLAINING.

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August 13, 2012

Remember how that design firm recently did a spec redesign of Wikipedia to show what they think could be done with the product? Strangely enough, an actual Wikipedia designer was making a redesign pitch of his own around the same time. Compare and contrast. (via Hacker News)

10:57 // 1 year ago
August 8, 2012
thenextweb:

This creative agency thinks it can redesign Wikipedia to be more usable, and it’s on to something (via Creative Agency Launches “Wiikipedia Redefined”)

But really, does Wikipedia need to be redesigned? It’s not the prettiest site on the internet, but unlike Craigslist, it’s easy to use in its current form. It feels like a great promotion for the creative agency, however. Thoughts?

thenextweb:

This creative agency thinks it can redesign Wikipedia to be more usable, and it’s on to something (via Creative Agency Launches “Wiikipedia Redefined”)

But really, does Wikipedia need to be redesigned? It’s not the prettiest site on the internet, but unlike Craigslist, it’s easy to use in its current form. It feels like a great promotion for the creative agency, however. Thoughts?

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May 24, 2012
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April 15, 2012

How Atari — Atari! — predicted the laptop, iPad and Wikipedia 30 years ago

Bob Stein, who worked at Encyclopedia Britannica as well as Atari during its glory days, worked with Alan Kay, along with Disney animator Glenn Keane, on a series of illustrations back in 1982 showing off his idea for an “Intelligent Encyclopedia,” one which can tell you about earthquakes, stocks, and history, all within the palm of your hand. Laptops didn’t look like this for nearly a decade, and the ideas behind the encyclopedia eventually showed up on Wikipedia two decades later. But, really, what Atari was working on was essentially an iPad with a keyboard. “The most interesting thing for me today about these images is that although we foresaw that people would be accessing information wirelessly (notice the little antenna on the device in the “tide pool” image),” Stein notes, “we completely missed the most important aspect of the network — that it was going to connect people to other people.” Stein’s ideas aren’t a total loss — the guy did essentially invent the multimedia CD-ROM and co-founded The Criterion Collection — but just think if he actually implemented this idea.

11:45 // 2 years ago
March 27, 2012
It’s the culmination of a very, very long trend. In a way, it’s a sad moment, but it’s the way technology moves on. Even if we think Britannica is what we want, we really want Britannica on an iPad or a phone, accessible to us all the time, not in dusty books on the shelf – no matter how beautiful those might be.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales • Discussing the recently-announced plan by Encyclopaedia Britannica to end the publication of its print edition. Wales made the statement in Nigeria, where he’s currently at in an effort to push the user-edited encyclopedia’s growth, particularly an edition in the Yoruba language. But unlike the U.S., where internet access is common, most people use the internet on phones in Nigeria, growth is difficult to encourage. The Yoruba language edition, for example, is mostly getting built up by a single dominant user. It’ll be interesting to see what Wikipedia represents as it continues to grow worldwide.
21:05 // 2 years ago
January 19, 2012

Wikipedia’s blackout funnels huge number to look up congresspeople

  • 8 million users looked up their House Rep. by Wikipedia yesterday source

» Well, that sure worked: During the “great blackout” yesterday, one of the only things you actually could do with Wikipedia was get the information about your local congressperson, so to lodge a complaint against the SOPA and PIPA legislations that were the order of the day. This stripping down to such a basic, singular function proved to have just the effect Wikipedia had hoped for, as evidenced by the figure above; this surge in popular outcry clearly rattled quite a few on Capitol Hill, as numerous former supporters have changed their tunes.

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15:32 // 2 years ago
washingtonpoststyle:

Our inaugural Wikipedia, at 12:01 am, on the occasion of the site’s return.
Don’t judge. We never saw that show.

And a million schoolkids breathed a sigh of relief. (BTW, in case you missed anything from Wednesday’s Great Blackout, here’s how our day went.)

washingtonpoststyle:

Our inaugural Wikipedia, at 12:01 am, on the occasion of the site’s return.

Don’t judge. We never saw that show.

And a million schoolkids breathed a sigh of relief. (BTW, in case you missed anything from Wednesday’s Great Blackout, here’s how our day went.)

0:07 // 2 years ago