This week, the Many got an addition to the ranks in the form of Leila Johnston, who does an amazing range of things, right from being a published author to writing for Wired UK and being the founder of the Hackers! newspaper. We’re super-happy to have her with us. I sat down with her for a bit to see what makes her tick, and what she’s looking forward to at Made by Many.  Here goes:


What’s your favourite book?

I have many: Corvus by Esther Woolfson, Digital Retro by Gordon Laing, Room by Emma Donoghue, and both of Cath O'Flynn's  gorgeous novels.


Videos of the week: design (2)

Staying with the design theme, here are some videos on design for when you have a few minutes to spare:

August De Los Reyes, Design Director at the Artefact Group in Washington D.C, outlines his vision for 21st Century design in a talk at MIX 11, Microsoft's conference for designers & developers last month. The video simultaneously shows his slides running through as he talks - very useful and something which most recorded talks don't offer.


Making an Androidy Android app for vinspired

Last year we made a well-received iPhone app for vinspired. The idea behind the app was to make it even easier for young volunteers to find volunteering opportunities and to document their activity and to share it with the world. We recently started work on an updated version of that app – look out for it in the App Store in the next few weeks – but we haven't been idle in the intervening time. Today, vinspired are announcing BlackBerry and Android versions of the app at ND11.


Slideshare presentations of the week: design (2)

Here are a few interesting presentations on design that I came across recently:

1. Minneapolis-based web design & strategy agency Livefront gave a presentation on design at Minnebar 2011 , a technology and design unconference in Minnesota. In it, they talk about the need to move from 'prescribed' design to 'responsive' design by paying attention to what is happening on the web and mobile.  

More below.