Weekend reading list – week of September 8

September 12, 2014

Every week, TP1 shares our top 5 reads pulled from local and international sources. Here’s your can’t-miss content for the week of September 8.

Coding for kindergarten
According to popular wisdom, programming is an extremely difficult skill best reserved for a small portion of the population. The team that developed the ScratchJr app wanted to prove the opposite by teaching children ages five to seven how to program their own interactive stories and games.
→ Read and watch on the MIT blog

Hey, typeface enthusiasts!
Have you always wondered how the Futura font was developed? Then you’re going to love the Typendium app, which tells the story of the world’s greatest typefaces through short essays and illustrations.
→ To download

Smart chopsticks
Baidu, the Chinese tech giant, revealed a prototype for “smart” chopsticks, which can detect contamination levels in food. They were created to combat one of China’s most notorious food scandals: “gutter oil” (cheap cooking oil made from food waste)
→ Read it in Time Magazine

The Capitol comes alive
In anticipation of the soon-to-be released third movie in the Hunger Games franchise, the Watson Design Group studio has created (Site of the Month on Awwwards), an experiential website that brings the fantastic universe of this cult hit to life. In addition to slick artistic direction and fluid navigation, the content strategy will definitely create a frenzy with Hunger Games fans.
→ See for yourself, visit the site

Connected Africa
As Facebook’s mission is to make the world a more connected and open place, the company was pleased to announce that as of last June, 100 million people on the African continent are using Facebook every month—80% of which comes from mobile.
→ Read on Facebook Business

Happy reading!
– The TP1 team