Over the weekend someone searched for ‘museum of Modern Betas‘ and found my blog. This was because I posted about the site back in 2008.
MoMB is a site dedicated to listing sites and web-based applications in beta.
I haven’t been back there for a long time. So I decided to pay a visit and went through the first 10 pages of displays.
All good museums make you think and generate ideas. MoMB is no different. It’s interesting to look at individual examples but also to reflect on the trending subjects, styles and functions.
Here are 3 that I picked out:
It’s a US site that I think would have gone down well here in the UK.
Basically, people pledge to do something for a $5. But forget social conciousness; this site is all about commerce and is dominated by people who will either draw you, sing for you or tweet about you.
Really liked this incredibly simple site, where people with difficult names explain how to pronounce them via audio.
3. Website in a box
As long as there has been the web, there have been sites-in-a-box. These services seemed to disappear with the onset of blogging but my visit to MoMB reveals that a new generation of sites-while-u-wait are springing up.
This splendid totem of absurdity and goof is by NIARK1, an ace illustrator from Paris.
His work often features intense and colourful characters. It’s fun and it’s rich and more can be seen at www.niark1.com.
This particular illustration is the perfect accompaniment to full-on week.
I originally found it on Behance.
I don’t know who this is by, which annoys me becuase I like it.
Usually, I like to say a bit about the illustration, photo or what ever it is. All I can say is that I found it on ffffound.
In an earlier post, I wondered if these desktops reveal anything about my state of mind. Not sure. This illustration reminds me of times when you find yourself thinking so hard about something that you wander almost aimlessly, or when you smell something that triggers a memory and transport you to an earlier time or aniother place in your life.
* ‘Street Bubble’ is what I’ve called it. If anyone finds out the designer, let me know. I think it may be a book cover.
‘Our public services face an unprecedented set of challenges… Reform can’t confront these challenges effectively; radical innovation in public services now needs to move from the margins to the mainstream. The question is what analysis and principles should inform this radical innovation.’
The answer, argued in this discussion paper, is co-production. It defines co-production and sets out an emerging sector through case studies in order to build a better understanding and stronger evidence base for a method that asks both those delivering and using services to contribute in equal measure.
‘The quality of Departments’ work depends on their ‘human capital’, built up over a long period through appropriate recruitment, career management and training practices. The Centre has an important input to make in all of these areas.’
The Better Government Initiative aims to canvass the widest possible range of views, and to publish concrete recommendations which will be of practical interest not only to all three major parties, but also to the public more widely. The ‘Report on Departments‘ provides an interesting insight into the balance between the Centre and Departments, and makes a series of cross-cutting recommendations to optimise their relationship.
‘The seventh annual Audit of Political Engagement, is the most important since the series was launched in 2004. It is published after a horrendous year for Parliament and just ahead of a general election.’
The Audit of Political Engagement series is a longitudinal study, providing an annual benchmark to measure political engagement in the UK. Each Audit presents the findings from a public opinion poll survey, providing detailed commentary on a range of indicators that have been chosen as key measures. These indicators enable tracking year on year the direction and magnitude of change since the Audit was first published in 2004.