Moving World Wednesday 2013/10/16



Hello everyone, here’s this week’s roundup of business, tech and creative news from across the Moving  World! Many thanks to all who submitted links!



Significant business moves as Angela Ahrendts leaves Burberry for Apple, while Christopher Bailey is appointed as new CEO in her place. Ahrendts is joining Apple to lead their retail operation, overseeing both the online and physical stores. In an internal memo to the Apple team, CEO Tim Cook says Ahrendts was “the best person in the world for this role.” Apple have recently acquired a selection of high fashion rollers, including Paul Deneve, ex-head of Yves Saint Laurent, and senior people from Nike and Levis, adding to rumours they’re gearing up to launch the next big thing in wearable technology.

Much of the press on this story highlights that there are now only just two women CEOs in FTSE 100 companies. But three wasn’t too much better than two, surely? MB has also been interested in the trend – barely commented on in coverage we’ve seen – that another creative lead has stepped into a business leadership role, as ‘creativity’ moves out of the design department and into the forefront of the business.


Yahoo Fail

Yahoo have launched a redesigned and rebuilt Yahoo Mail, introducing Conversations to ease reading of email threads and a new interface designed to make ‘sending emails as efficient as possible’. It is the latest in a series of design refreshes and changes that Marissa Meyer has overseen since becoming CEO of Yahoo last year – and she seems to be maintaining her controversial streak.

Users have flocked to Yahoo Mail’s bug reporting site to express their disappointment, anger and frustration at the changes. Whilst normal for any major change in a product with a huge user-base, there seems to be some more controversial changes happening such as ‘inactive email addresses’ being reset, addresses removed from user’s contact books and the addition of hidden interface elements (whereby clicking to open an email can actually delete it).

A large number of users are complaining that “it may look nicer, but it doesn’t work as well as it did before,” proving consumers are increasingly switched on to the UX and UI of the products they use, and are using this knowledge to loudly articulate their frustrations.


Happy Ada Lovelace day

15th October marked Ada Lovelace day, the annual celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths, named after the mathematician who created the first algorithm meant to be processed by a machine in the 1800s. To celebrate, Brown University and Wikipedia organised a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon; a day to mass-create or update the Wikipedia pages of female pioneers. Female contributors were asked specifically to join, after a survey showed that only 13% of the information site’s contributors were female.


You May Have Missed

WHSmith takes an expensive stance on self published adult e-books by taking it’s entire website down, currently at 2 days and counting

The NHS has chosen open source over enterprise

Inside the Hot Wheels Design Studio

An in-depth appraisal of the iOS7 user experience

Tweet at this plant and try to coax it to grow

Square launches Cash, a peer to peer payment system

These cuttable, printed sensors make everything touchable (Link thanks to Mat)

Oooohh…. Spinny light thing

Movies with a 270-degree view to open in South Korea

Banksy sets up stall in New York selling ‘fake’ Banksys for $60, and not very many of them

Protesters on Google+ are replacing their profile pictures with Eric Schmidt to make him the face of its ‘shared endorsements’ scheme

Some people not taking the time to read ‘Burberry’ and seeing ‘Blackberry’ instead got a very different interpretation of events indeed…