An idea for more meaningful ‘like’ buttons

The inadequacies of the various ‘like’ buttons that appear all over the web have been noted before, but a post from Ed Walker tonight inspired me to mock up an idea I’ve had for a simple way to bring some more semantic meaning to these buttons. Ed says:

What is the recommended button there for? The equivalent of a Facebook like? A chance to show you appreciate the story, the author or the subject?

I’ve spotted a trend on WalesOnline, whenever we report the death of a young person […] we don’t get comments (very rarely) but we do get a lot of recommendations. Constantly in the most recommended lists, knocking rugby stars and political debates down a peg or two. Facebook is for posting the RIP messages and joining groups expressing your sorrow, sharing that grief with your friends, but local media sites are the way to show the wider world (outside of the Facebook login) that the death of a friend/relative is important to the community.

It seems in the case of the death of young people it’s a way of showing you care. It says to us as editors that you think this story is important, you’re showing us it should be high up the news list and it should be featured.

(via Generation grief: A modern way of letting go –

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Free Museum San Francisco

Free Museum San Francisco

This guide called The Free Museum San Francisco is a public art tour of the city designed and curated for Arkitip Intel’s Newspaper Supplement. The only caveat being that it requires a bit more will-power (or, ideally, a bike) to view. Each artist is distinguished by a unique pattern and demarcated in the legend of the map.

Side note: this was the first printing of Mike Abbink’s Milo Serif typeface, which holds its own on the page, even when competing with an eclectic mix of patterns. Kyle is hard at work on the annotated espresso version of the tour.

(via Free Museum San Francisco –
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