A Simple Suggestion

Ah, Bing. From the moment it was launched, the design community frowned upon Microsoft’s attempt at a search engine. Its comically poorly stretched word-mark typography. Its overdesigned landing page. And then there was the question of it copying Google search results.

Yes, it’s been a rocky ride for Bing. For Microsoft in general, really. Never has the company faced challenges on so many fronts.

In response to these challenges, Microsoft (quite impressively) is moving forward with a surprising amount of consistency in style and design. ‘Metro’ is the name of the game, and you can see it on your Xbox, on your PC, on your phone… heck, even Microsoft’s main website has funky colored squares now.

Yes, it’s hip to be square. But wait, Bing remains… well, Bing. A few days ago, Bing unveiled their new, ‘uncluttered’ search experience. As you may notice, it’s nothing like anything Microsoft is putting out right now.

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Coachella 2012

Coachella 2012 was an interesting music festival experience. As a European, I’ve been to many music festivals, some small, some large. Since I moved here, I’d only attended Outside Lands, a festival in San Francisco’s beautiful Golden Gate Park. Personally, I think that without camping, one can’t really say it’s a ‘true’ music festival, and by that measure Coachella was my first festival in the United States.

I shot some photos with a new camera, as I wasn’t going to bring my 5D Mark II, I got a chance to put the Fuji X10 through its paces. I wasn’t disappointed.

All photos in this post were taken at the second weekend of Coachella with the Fuji, by me or Bre. Friendly notice: these photos are not yours. Don’t use them in your work or republish them without my permission. But you knew that, right?

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