Subcompact Publishing The New Revolution

Source: Smashing Magazine

The digital realm has established virus like symptoms. New innovative ideas continue to grow and spread throughout the web precipitously. There is a new trend in publishing that is quickly spreading throughout the web this very moment. “Subcompact Publishing” is a form of micropublishing that puts focus on text-based stories while avoiding rich-media add-ons to help bring an expansion to the way stories are told and sold.

Subcompact publishing was first introduced by a few seminal articles written by former Flipboard designer Craig Mo. Subcompact publishing brings the notion that people are cagey of flashy websites and apps, they are more interested in something that works and delivers with out add-ons to use certain apps.  Subcompact and long-form publications don’t reject photography or illustration, their approach leans more towards written pieces over photo essays and videos. The elements of subcompact publishing are what clutch users attention. These elements include flat hierarchy, scrolling, minimalism, 7-inch tablets and typography. With elements like the ones listed above user-friendly and user engagement isn’t too far. This will help resolve the usual issue of people leaving webpages before exploring the entire page.

Source: Smashing Magazine

There are many journals and magazine such as The New York Times’ “Snow Fall,” The magazine, Quartz and Epic who have adapted to subcompact publishing style. The article “Recent Trends In Storytelling and New Business Models For Publishing,” published on Smashing Magazine by Jose Martinez Salmeron not only highlights the spread of subcompact publishing, but also raises an important question about the future of print journalism. Check out the article to get the full details. But for now, are you going to get affected by the digital virus and incorporate subcompact publishing as the format for your blog or webpage, the next time you have a story to tell?

Even Zuckerberg Encourages Us Not To Use Facebook So Much

dotsTake a deep breath, look up and count the beautiful things that surround you. When was the last time you did that? Can’t remember, well it’s time you stop being like “Dot.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s sister Randi Zuckerberg has written a children’s book about a little girl named Dot who is obsessed with her phone. Neatorama finds it anomalous, that the sister of an Internet dynasty whose goal is turning the world into a bunch of Facebook-using smartphone addicts would write a children’s book that urges people to put down their phones and experience real life.

The Google smartwatch could be ‘ready within months’

Source: The Verge
Source: The Verge

The rumors of a smartw­atch from Google might not be rumors anymore. An anonymous source from The Wall Street Journal said that the watch could be “ready within months” and will likely “be able to communicate with other devices such as a smartphone.” Although this new smartwatch is said to run Android, I hope it won’t be like the disappointing Samsung Galaxy Gear, which users reported had a poor battery life, substandard performance, and an incompatibility with non-Samsung devices.

The Google smartwatch will focus on the functions of the Google Now personal assistant, which allows quick updates at-a-glance. Such information would include weather updates, travel alerts, and news tailored to you from your email, Internet browsing history, and location. It all sounds great now, but I wonder if Google will address the problems Android had with its smartwatch or push the promotion of its watch in favor of releasing a new product sooner. Regardless, this technology could be less than a year away – are you ready for the smartwatch? Read more about this intriguing technology on The Verge.

From Gawker: College Students Mistakenly Believe They’re Ready for the Workplace

Nothing could be more relevant to my inescapable future than my soul crushing anxiety about getting a job after graduation. It’s not a secret that college graduates today are facing one of the harshest job economies the US has seen in decades. Chegg, the well-known textbook rental company, organized a survey that compared how prepared students believed they were for the workplace versus how prepared hiring managers thought they were. They found that there was “a gap between the skills hiring managers reported seeing in recent graduates and the skills the students perceive themselves as having mastered.” This is quite a disturbing void. The survey covered skills such as compelling, concise slide presentations, organization, prioritizing work, summarizing data, public speaking, managing a meeting, creating a budget, and communicating clearly among many others.

Source: Chegg
Source: Chegg

In every category, there was at least a 10% difference between the student’s and hiring manager’s assessments of a student’s skills. My first reaction is to disregard these findings and reassure myself that I could survive and thrive in a workplace. However, that probably just means that I’ve lumped myself with every other like-minded, hopeful college student. But what are we supposed to do? Back down from challenging situations? Not apply for jobs because we might not be fully qualified? No. The most important point to take away from this study is that college students today don’t give up. We work hard because that’s the kind of environment we were faced with in school; it’s the kind of world we’re going to have to face outside of college too. However, there’s only so much us students can learn in college. Hands-on, interactive learning is invaluable. So, yes, maybe those students weren’t really prepared for those jobs, but they strived to excel and who’s to say they weren’t willing and ready to learn? Read the full study here and Gawker’s summary here.