The world is flat, at least for now

September 18, 2013, is a date that may (or may not) go down in web and app design history: the day Apple's iOS7 was released. That's the day the earth (or at least the web-o-sphere) went flat. The iOS redesign was in large part the trigger for a new trend toward flatness and simplicity in design.

What do I mean by "flat"? No beveled edges, no (or minimal) shadowing, no more buttons made to look raised with shiny surfaces and chrome rims. No more skeuomorphism, the practice of designing virtual objects to reflect their real-world ...

No one wants to get "blasted"

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better.
—George Orwell

I recently read a very good blog post by Jason Rodriguez in which he argues that use of the word blast in reference to email messages "shows a lack of respect for the subscriber. It shows that you don’t care about the relationship into which you were invited." In his view, marketers who "blast" are " ...