Weekend reading list – week of October 3, 2016

October 7, 2016

Each week, we share the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of October 3rd 2016.

Red Bull Music Academy comes to Montreal
For the new edition of Red Bull Music Academy, happening in Montreal until October 28, the brand’s blog will be publishing a new article every day that combines creativity, innovation and music. Topics include the amazing emergence of electronic music in Quebec shortly after the Refus global movement, how Haitian roots influence our beatmakers and the renaissance of post-rock in Montreal’s Mile-End following the 1995 referendum. Something for everyone!
Read it on Red Bull Music Academy Daily Pocket

The economic consequences of ordering your food online
Don’t feel like cooking and can’t bear to leave the house? No problem! If you have a credit card, there are numerous mobile apps to help you order your choice of meals online. A little too easy, perhaps? Journalist Leah Finnegan certainly thinks so. With services like UberEATS racking up the sales, what slice of the pie is actually going back to the restaurateurs?
Read it on Eater Pocket

ASOS: The human cost behind a bold promise
The ASOS website is a reference point in the online clothing retail industry. In addition to offering a wide variety of products, the brand has also made a bold promise: delivery in 48 hours, no matter where you live in the world… But at what cost? Journalists Laura Silver and Sara Spary explain the human cost of this company’s promise.
Read it on Buzzfeed Pocket

No good data? Then no good UX
To make good UX, is it enough to just be a good interface designer? According to Dan Turner, an expert in user experience, an effective web ergonomist absolutely needs to develop a passion for data analysis. If you’re not looking at the data, it could lead to costly (and easily avoidable) mistakes.
Read it on A List Apart Pocket

Using technology to fuel propaganda
Face2Face is software that enables you, with a little source material, to (quite realistically) modify someone’s face in a video. Why? To improve dubbing in movies and video games. What could possibly go wrong? Well, if it’s used to spread misinformation and propaganda…
Read it on The Washington Post Pocket

In your earbuds: The Science of Social Media
Love marketing and social media? Look no further! The Science of Social Media will be your new favourite podcast.

This week’s favourite thing
Who says that fashion and technology don’t mix? Karl Lagerfeld certainly doesn’t think so. During this year’s Paris fashion week, to introduce Chanel’s new spring-summer collection, the luxury designer transformed the Grand Palais into an enormous data centre and the models into robots. A room full of servers has never looked so chic!