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Top Five: Go-To Websites

by Sven Larsen So I’ve been reading through my colleagues posts about their 5 favorite websites and you’ve probably had the same reaction that I’ve had. What a bunch of geeks! Just kidding guys. I love you. But there’s no question that working in a specific discipline like Design or IT focuses your digital consumption Read more

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by Sven Larsen
So I’ve been reading through my colleagues posts about their 5 favorite websites and you’ve probably had the same reaction that I’ve had. What a bunch of geeks!

Just kidding guys. I love you.

But there’s no question that working in a specific discipline like Design or IT focuses your digital consumption patterns.

As Chief Marketing Officer for Zemoga my main job is to tell the story of who we are and what we do here. To do that effectively, I need to have some grasp of almost every part of our operation (while not being an expert in any). As a result, I look for sites that can keep me on top of things without necessarily taking me on that “deep dive” that makes some of my colleagues dance with glee.

What do I look at on a day to day basis? here are some of the digital resources that help me sound like I know what I’m talking about:

1) SMASHING MAGAZINE – Ostensibly a site for web designers, Smashing magazine is written in a simple and accessible language that reaches out to people who don’t know their SQL from their GUI. In addition to technical articles on things like CSS or HTML5, Smashing takes a more general look at usability and function with articles on consumer purchase behavior or typography or how to create an e-book. While i may not always be the target audience for their daily posts, I definitely learn something from their site every day.

2) WARREN ELLIS – As part of my misspent youth at Marvel Comics, I got to befriend cutting edge author Warren Ellis before he went all Hollywood and started writing movies for Bruce Willis (ya know I love ya too, Warren). Warren’s site is an eclectic slice of cutting edge culture, people riding the bleeding edge of cool, and delightfully obscure and entertaining stuff like “Water supersaturation in the Martian atmosphere discovered”. Warren is probably one of the smartest folks I know and if you want to see an incredibly well curated yet deeply personal take on all things new and interesting you should give his site a look.

3) LYNDA.COM – Life at Zemoga can be pretty crazy sometimes. When my boss comes in and says “I just fired the video editor for that shoot. You need to learn Final Cut Pro in the next 48 hours”, Lynda.com is the site I turn too. They’ve got a full range of video courses on almost every piece of creative software out there. As we all become producers and broadcasters in the new connected era, lynda.com helps me continually add to my skill set and tackle whatever strange challenges life or my job throws at me.

4) DARING FIREBALL – Unrepentant Apple supporter John Gruber’s intensely personal take on technology is one of my favorite reads of the day. Not only does he provide cogent tech analysis that helps me make sense of the latest Facebook announcements or iOS updates, he also isn’t afraid to stake out a position in the digital world. His hilarious examples of claim chowder and calling out of senior tech execs always entertain. In some ways he’s the bitchy Partis Hilton of the tech world.

5) TSN.CA – You didn’t expect me to get through a whole post without mentioning hockey did you? TSN is still the best in the business when it comes to reporting on the NHL and all the hockey stuff i care about (Spengler Cup anyone?) and most Americans don’t. It also lets me keep up on the Rugby World Cup in a way that ESPN never would.

Hope this post gives you a little insight on where some of our weird ideas and fun factoids come from. Feel free to call me out the next time I insert some of this info into our next blog or presentation!

When From Bogota With Love first started, the Z-team made a point of sharing their inspiration with you, be it books, websites or music that was pushing the innovation and creative process forward. We’d like to pick that up again.

For the next several weeks, my fellow Zemogians and I will be sharing our Top Five. The series starts with our Top Five Go-To Websites.

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