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February, 2011

What's Inspiring Me?

Noah Brier discusses his current inspirations, including Tumblr's focus on visual web design and the impact of mobile devices on web design language.
I did a short interview over at PSFK in preparation for a panel I'm going to be on at SXSW. One of the questions was about what's inspiring my work these days. My answer:
That's a tough one. I really like what the folks over at Tumblr are up to. Their commitment to design and creating a more visual web is inspiring. I love Instapaper/Readability/Kindle and the whole family of textual mobile apps that are allowing me to shift my reading across any device I want. I don't know that I'd say I'm inspired, but I'm excited by this first wave of "iPad magazines" or whatever we're calling them these days. While I think there's still a long way to go to being truly useful, I like the ideas and experimental nature of apps like Flipboard and The Daily. Finally, as a general trend, I am inspired by the ever-expanding design language on the web. It seems as though the rise of mobile devices have kicked web-designers a bit and helped them imagine an interactive world that's different than the one they've been designing for over the last 10 years. I think Twitter.com and Gawker.com are pretty good examples of this shift in mindset.
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