It’s our selection of interesting news headlines related to marketing, data visualization, privacy, architecture, as well as tools or other topics that are of interest to us.


Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) released their L.E.A.N. Ads program designed to address user-experience, lessen the interruption between the content on the page and the ads, and reduce the volume of ads (less is more). In IAB’s own words “The consumer is demanding these actions, challenging us to do better, and we must respond.”

Data Visualization

Russell Chun, Assistant Professor of Journalism at Hofstra University, provides 6 lessons about making data visualizations.

An interesting interview with journalist and educator Alberto Cairo on the “rules” of data visualization by the National Geographic. If you haven’t been following, the National Geographic has a new series on Data Points, focused on data visualization, information graphics, and cartography.

IA and UX

From Nublue, top 10 Mobile UX Nightmares in an easy to read infographic


Far-reaching implications of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor agreement that dissolved the 15 year EU-U.S. Safe Harbor agreement on October 6, 2015.

On the same topic, a thoughtful blog by Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft Corporation on the Court of Justice of the European Union ruling. This will be evolving news as the European Commission is expected to provide guidance soon. In the meantime, what does this ruling mean for your company and how data are managed?

Tools / Products / Services

Check out the Google Cloud Platform for exploring, analyzing, and visualizing data. This tool does overlap with Amazon QuickSight.