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.

Mohit

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.
https://medium.com/@ianspalter/designing-a-new-look-for-instagram-inspired-by-the-community-84530eb355e3#.j2py5ds8g

1.1 Instagram Announcement
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFRO_5WBQfc/

1.2 Instagram’s new logo embraces color, ditches polaroid
http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2016/05/12/48787/instagram-s-new-logo-embraces-color-ditches-polaro/

2. Eulogy for The New York Times R&D Lab
A department charged with helping the company survive.
https://medium.com/@riordan/eulogy-for-the-new-york-times-r-d-lab-c8d6301450ab#.vmqe7hrf5

3. What is Code?
A long, but very good read.
http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-paul-ford-what-is-code/

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.
http://www.ted.com/talks/mary_norris_the_nit_picking_glory_of_the_new_yorker_s_comma_queen

5. Tim Ferriss Interviews Mike Rowe
Great interview and story. Mike Rowe pulled himself up by his bootstraps.
http://fourhourworkweek.com/2016/05/04/mike-rowe/

6. Angular 2
Angular 2 is coming.
http://www.infoworld.com/article/3065233/javascript/angularjs-2-reaches-beta.html