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It has been a busy two weeks and I hope you all are ready for a great set of links. First up is discussion about Instagram’s new icon & UI. There has been a lot of reaction to the logo, which is typical, but I am always curious to see how users react to a new app icon. Especially since we are in the midst of massively redesigning FlightBag’s icon.


1. Designing a New Look for Instagram, Inspired by the Community
I am not a fan of the new icon background, though I do like the flatness of logo as well as the internal UI changes they made. They stripped color and focused upon the core, the photographs.

1.1 Instagram Announcement

1.2 Instagram’s new logo embraces color, ditches polaroid

2. Eulogy for The New York Times R&D Lab
A department charged with helping the company survive.

3. What is Code?
A long, but very good read.

4. The nit-picking glory of The New Yorker’s Comma Queen
I love oxford commas. Good grammar and punctuation are increasingly rare, Mary Norris talks about why they matter.

5. Tim Ferriss Interviews Mike Rowe
Great interview and story. Mike Rowe pulled himself up by his bootstraps.

6. Angular 2
Angular 2 is coming.