I collected mine here, but I'm curious to find out which articles you consider essential reading this year?
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I wasn't aware I was supposed to have one :( I swear some of these topics make me question my dedication to the craft :]
Anyway, my way of digesting content is simple: I skim over it, read parts that have words in it that look interesting, and close the article. I don't spend a full minute on an article unless it's ridiculously well written, a topic that makes me go "omfg gots to read" or if it's fiction.
This means I recall very little actual articles, very little names of people who wrote them, but I'll remember a ton of what made the article useful.
Should I need to find said article again, I'll Google for the stretch of the article. After all, it was good enough for me to remember what it was about!
tldr: no clue. I remember concepts, not articles.
Thanks for your comment! :)
No-one needs to have a favourite article. This year is the first time I gave it a try, but I think it's a tradition worth starting for the following reasons:
Rediscover a couple of gems by have another look at all these articles you bookmarked, linked, favourited, liked and voted up.
A moment of reflection, to spot trends, and to get to know yourself better. Of all the hundreds of articles, which one still stand out for you one year later.
An opportunity to give some credit to people who put in the effort to write all these articles.
The ability to look back over several years. Granted only Dan Saffer has been doing this every year since 2010, but I'm looking forward to 2020 and see which articles I liked 5 years ago and see how the world has (or hasn't) changed.
Oh, I'm not saying you're wrong. I'm just saying I don't have one :] I just don't work that way!
And I'll gladly skim-read whatever top 10, 20 or 50 you end up with!
Apologies if that first comment came across as anything nay-sayer-like. I just don't know if I've got anything for ya!
I remember concepts, not articles.
That should be made into a t-shirt.
Here are a few articles I have bookmarked this year. I will be back later to post some concepts...when I have remembered what they are.
Design Machines - An interesting take on the homogenisation of design, editorial methods as web inspiration etc.
Ideo Cars of the Future - Not a longform article as such, but still a very interesting read about 3 different transport solutions for the future.
Wait But Why - AI Revolution - A brilliant overview of AI, superintelligence and the singularity. The paperclip machine story is a particular highlight.
The fear of being right is pretty close to the best of the year.
Adrian Howard makes an excellent Lean UX xmas calendar this year with his favorite articles on the subject http://leanuxmas.com/