Weekend reading list – week of November 2

November 6, 2015

Each week, TP1 shares the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of November 2.

After Michael Sam’s kick-off
Once upon a time there was Michael Sam, the first National Football League player to openly acknowledge he was gay. That public coming-out looked as if it would mark the end of one of the biggest taboos in the world of sports. And yet, very few professional athletes have come out of the closet since then. What’s going on?
Read it on the ESPN site

Going hands-free
For centuries, the rich and powerful always had their things held by someone else: having nothing in your hands was a luxury. So how did we go from that hands-free ideal to always having a device at our fingertips?
Read it on Aeon

How much should a logo cost?
While some people pay $5 for a logo on Fiverr, others invest thousands of dollars. Faced with such a wide price range, it’s not always easy to know where to turn!
Read it on the InVision blog

Eradicating poverty one connection at a time
The World Bank has set its sights on eliminating extreme poverty within 15 years. To understand how it hopes to achieve that goal, you first have to know that the lives of the world’s poorest have fundamentally changed in recent years. Thanks to the easy accessibility and rapid adoption of new technologies, we are witnessing the end of marginalization of the most disadvantaged peoples.
Read it on Wired

Understanding Steve Jobs
Doing justice to one of the last century’s most influential thinkers is no easy task! But that’s the challenge taken on by Danny Boyle, the man behind the feature-length film Steve Jobs. Interview magazine talks to the director about the challenges involved in painting a realistic portrait of Apple’s legendary co-founder.
Read it on Interview

Reading recommendation of the week :
Brick by Brick: How Lego Rewrote The Rules of Innovation and Conquered The Global Toy Industry, by David C. Robertson. Brick by Brick is about innovation, especially the need to make creativity a prerequisite for managers and to test concepts out with users. This book focuses on Lego’s rigorous approach to channelling creativity and tells the story of one of the most remarkable business transformations seen in recent decades.


Read and recommended by Jean-Yves Perrodin, TP1’s UX lead.

In Your Earbuds :
The Nerdist is a podcast hosted by stand-up comedian and television host Chris Hardwick. He and his panellists discuss geek culture with plenty of humour.
Listen to it on Nerdist

Happy reading!

– The TP1 team

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