The Future of Web Design
“If you think math is hard try web design.”
― Trish Parr
Think of how you use a paper map compared to how you use Google maps. Or look at a printed resume versus a LinkedIn profile. How is a file cabinet in comparison to DropBox? Each of these situations show the central benefit of a website.
In part 1 we took an in-depth look at dedicated servers, the solution where a company’s data is stored on physical hardware locally (in the building) using custom software. We found this solution to be costly but secure and flexible. In this post we are going to be looking at a new spin on flexibility called cloud computing, an emerging off-site IT solution for all types and sizes of companies. Furthermore, we intend to answer the question: I know cloud computing will work for advanced organizations in larger metros, but is it viable for a company located in Johnson City, Kingsport, or Bristol?
“We’ve never sold anything as a company that people could try on before.”
– Tim Cook, to sales staff at a London Apple Store, reported by The Telegraph.
The Apple Watch was one of the century’s most anticipated technology products. When the company that could form its own country and compete with other mid-sized (actual) countries, decided to design and produce a wearable, the world watched (pun intended, please laugh).
But did the Apple Watch live up to the hype?
— Periscope (@periscopeco) March 13, 2015
Periscope is the, if you will, lead surfer on the new wave of content marketing and social media. It (and its twin brother, Meerkat) are the first pioneers to introduce live-streaming video sharing to the masses. I hopped on the app to try it out and this is what I discovered.
But first —
“I don’t need a hard disk in my computer if I can get to the server faster… carrying around these non-connected computers is byzantine by comparison.”
– Steve Jobs, late chairman of Apple (1997)
Steve Jobs imagined cloud computing fourteen years before it became a reality. In his mind, optimal efficiency and effectiveness were the result of as little hardware as possible. As we can see from the iPhone, iPad, and soon the Apple Watch, Jobs employed minimalism to achieve the sleekest, simplest design for his products.