Smashing Conference Roundup: Oxford 2015

Smashing Conference roundup: books, tools, photos from Oxford 2015

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I attended Smashing Conference, an event for web designers and developers. Here’s a roundup with tools, tweets, quotes, links and slides.

Marked with #mustwatch are the talks that have been of the most interest for me personally. The videos of these talks should be available soon enough, and I will update this post with the links when they are released.

My early morning in Oxfordshire (got up at 4am to get there by 7:30 from London).

Early morning in Oxford

TL;DR

Read a lot to write better.
Crowdfunding and flexible pricing for publishers.
Users will use your app “wrong”, use the tools to see how.
Dispel your mistaken assumptions.
Solve real human problems.
Do the hard work to make it simple.
Use srcset for optimisation and picture element for art direction.
Web or native — try hybrid apps.
Everyone should have a different favourite browser, because web standards.
Debug HTTP and SSL with the tools.
Use flexbox in production right now — progressive enhancement (watch this video to learn how).
Make web apps work offline. Service workers!


Links & Tools

silverbackapp.com — usability testing
fullstory.com — collect data about how users interact with your site
uie.com – usability materials
webpagetest.org — detailed page speed testing
luckymarmot.com/paw — REST API analysis for Mac, starting at $29.99
getpostman.com — API debugging
restclient.net — a debugger for RESTful web services
telerik.com/fiddler —web debugging proxy for any browser, system or platform
ngrok.com – a simple command line tool for allowing outside access to your local-environment
charlesproxy.com – enables a developer to view all of the HTTP and SSL / HTTPS traffic between their machine and the Internet
nwjs.io — framework for building hybrid apps (desktop applications in node.js)
addyosmani.com/blog/video-javascript-memory-management-masterclass — Javascript memory management masterclass by Addy Osmani
keynotopia.com — Keynote and PowerPoint UI design templates for everyone, not just designers
popapp.in — Useful for pen and paper wire-framing
jakearchibald.github.io/svgomg/ – edit and optimise SVG’s, example for talk on service workers
developer.chrome.com/multidevice/android/installtohomescreen


Recommended Books

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Attendees

Talks

Christopher Murphy — “A Good Writer Is a Good Thinker”

@fehler | A writer, designer and educator. Publisher of @readtinybooks and @getglyph.
Slides: Dropbox

How to read better. Enhance your writing by improving your reading skills and developing a richer mind.


Meagan Fisher — “Getting Personal: The Why and How of Designing for People”

@owltastic | web designer, lover of owls
Slides: Dropbox

Sketch by @richwells

Seeing things with your users’ eyes (and all the other means of perception) as a natural part of your workflow.

  • Ask questions to understand context.
  • Listen for unmet needs and goals.
  • Observe frustrations and successes.
  • Dispel your mistaken assumptions.

Richard Rutter “Don’t give them what they want, give them what they need”

@clagnut | UX designer & web typography evangelist. Co-founder @Fontdeck & @Clearleft.
Slides: Dropbox

Great talk from perspective of designers and developers who worked on re-structuring and re-designing (i.e. making simpler and faster) the website of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (rbkc.gov.uk)

Btw, do you know why Chelsea mansions are sooo expensive? :) Partly because of this:

Chelsea house plan

The tips are:

  • Continually design with data, anticipate needs.
  • Do the hard work to make it simple.
  • Reduce, reduce, reduce again.
  • Be consistent.
  • User task is first, our message is last.
  • Don’t repeat effort.

Yoav Weiss “Responsive images are here”

@yoavweiss | browser tinkerer, WebPerf freak, RICG implementer
Slides: http://yoavweiss.github.io/smashingconf_oxford/#/

Hilarious, educational talk about responsive images, picture element and srcset. And previous version of this talk (from Smashing Conf 2014 Whistler) is already on vimeo.

#mustwatch


Peter Bilak “Rethinking publishing”

@PeterBilak | designer @typotheque, publisher @WorksThatWork
Slides: Dropbox

New approaches to publishing.


Natalie Yadrentseva “Visualisation that takes us beyond the numbers”

@natalieyadren | Data Visualization. Product Specialist. Agile.
Slides: Dropbox

Data visualisation is a whole world. I had to miss part of this talk, but it surely was thorough. Reminded me of this :)


Tom Giannattasio — “Beyond the browser with hybrid apps”

@attasi | The creator of Macaw
Slides: http://macaw.co/hybrid/

Sketch by Elisabeth Irgens ‏— @elisabethirg


Bruce Lawson “Is Blink the new IE6?”

@brucel | Opera Software. UK Web standards lovegod. Co-wrote Introducing HTML5.
Slides: http://brucelawson.github.io/talks/2015/blink-ie6/

#mustwatch

And the best slide of the conference goes to

Service Workers


Chris Heilmann “Welcome to Planet Fintlewoodlewix”

@codepo8 | developer evangelist – all things open web
Slides: Dropbox

The most enjoyable mystery speaker! Great talk, slides and the followup discussion.

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Zoe M. Gillenwater “Enhancing Responsiveness with Flexbox”

@zomigi | Author of books Stunning CSS3 & Flexible Web Design. UX Designer at Booking.com
Slides:
http://www.slideshare.net/zomigi/leveling-up-with-flexbox-smashing-conference
PDF:
http://zomigi.com/downloads/Leveling-Up-With-Flexbox_SmashingConf_140319.pdf

Deep flexbox talk with production code examples. Enjoyed it. There’s a great followup blog post in Zoe’s blog: http://zomigi.com/blog/leveling-up-with-flexbox/

Video of the talk:
https://vimeo.com/channels/smashingconf/124796320

#mustwatch


Lorna Mitchell — “Debugging HTTP”

@lornajane | PHP and API specialist dev/consultant, book author
Slides: https://speakerdeck.com/lornajane/http-debugging

Sketch: Lorna Jane — Smashing Conference

This was interesting. Lorna introduced many useful tools have been mentioned (HTTP related links in the beginning of the post).

Stages of debugging – Denial – Frustration – Disbelief – Testing (curious stage) – Gotcha

#mustwatch


Paul Lewis — “Making a Silky Smooth Web”

http://www.aerotwist.com/ | Googler who noodles with code and design, helps people fix performance, UX and UI issues.
Slides: https://speakerdeck.com/paullewis/making-a-silky-smooth-web Website: http://aerotwist.com/

Slide text: We can do better

Great talk on performance. Also, check out this super smooth website: aerotwist.com

#mustwatch


Polle de Maagt — “Crafting for #WORLDDOMINATION”

@polledemaagt | Changes companies like IKEA and KLM to be less about ads and more about acts
Slides: (to be updated)


Rachel Ilan Simpson — “User reach for designers & engineers”

@rilan | UX Designer on @googlechrome #MakeMunich cofounder & Head of http://www.designj.am
Slides: (to be updated) “User research is going to change what you make and how you make it.”

– What users are thinking?
– What is this?
– Do I trust you?
– What are you offering me?
– How do I get it?
@rilan

Didn’t expect another talk on user research to be so engaging. Lots of user research tools mentioned. And this awesome animation.

#mustwatch


Jake Archibald — “The UX of offline-first”

@jaffathecake | Developer advocate at Google.
Slides: (to be updated)

Great talk and the followup discussion. Will update this post with a video link as soon as it’s available. Check back in a couple of weeks maybe.

#mustwatch

Photos

Photos from Smashing Conf Oxford 2015 gallery by Marc Thiele:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk9fLuZ7

Markus … erhm Umbrella, I mean

Sketches

Smashing sketches by Elisabeth Irgens:
http://elisabethirgens.com/2015/oxford/

Follow me on twitter to get updates.

Laundrapp Logo

Laundrapp review

Laundrapp is a new UK based service with a neat app for arranging laundry pickup and delivery. You select laundry type from given packages and book time slots for collection/delivery.

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Smash Up — Card Game

Card game: Smash Up

On my trip to Bristol I had a chance to play a card game called Smash Up (released in 2012). It’s fun, easy to pick up and takes about an hour to finish. It’s been recently localized for German, Japanese and French.

In Smash Up players take two factions. The factions represented in the game are Aliens, Dinosaurs, Ninjas, Pirates, Robots, Tricksters, Wizards, and Zombies.

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Songkick logo

Songkick

I’m enjoying Songkik a lot lately.

It allows you to track favorite artists and concerts nearby. And it seems to be aware of every single gig in the area. Just select your location, add artists you want to track (or import them from last.fm, Facebook or iTunes), and it will timely alert you about their concerts around you.

After setting this up, you’ll end up with quite long list of events for the next year. Screaming “It’s my favorite band! I want to go!” (probably) to every single one of them.

Cool stuff, check it out.

Link: songkick.com

Starbucks Powermat UK

Powermat for iPhone with cinnamon syrup

So, I went out for coffee and came back with a Starbucks powermat wireless charger ring.

Starbucks Powermat UK

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a wireless charger for phones and tablets. To charge a phone you plug in your ring and place it on a powermat spot to start charging.

Starbucks Powermat UK

Powermat chargers have been previously launched in the US. And since the end of January powermats are avaliable in the UK (ring — £10, charging — free) in ten London Starbucks coffee shops. One of them is, luckily, in my building.

Powermat rings exist for variety of devices. Mine was not on the display at first, but they brought it from the back-office when I asked.

There is also a powermat app that lets you know when your battery is running low and where the nearest powermat spot is located.

I used it couple of times already. Pretty neat, huh.

Oscar Prediction 2015

My Oscars 2015 winners predictions

Here comes the time for my long-lasting tradition of posting this year’s opinion based Oscar-predictions. And this time it comes with a bonus list of “to watch” and “don’t watch” movies selected from the nominees.


Best Picture

Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

  • American Sniper – Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan
  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales and Jeremy Dawson
  • The Imitation Game – Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman
  • Selma – Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
  • The Theory of Everything – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten
  • Whiplash – Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster

Best Director

Winner: Richard Linklater – Boyhood

  • Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
  • Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Best Actor

Winner: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking

  • Steve Carell – Foxcatcher as John Eleuthère du Pont
  • Bradley Cooper – American Sniper as Chris Kyle
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game as Alan Turing
  • Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Riggan Thomson

Best Actress

Winner: Julianne Moore – Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland

  • Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night as Sandra Bya
  • Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything as Jane Wilde Hawking
  • Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl as Amy Elliott-Dunne
  • Reese Witherspoon – Wild as Cheryl Strayed

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: J. K. Simmons – Whiplash as Terence Fletcher

  • Robert Duvall – The Judge as Judge Joseph Palmer
  • Ethan Hawke – Boyhood as Mason Evans, Sr.
  • Edward Norton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Mike Shiner
  • Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher as Dave Schultz

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Emma Stone – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Sam Thomson

  • Patricia Arquette – Boyhood as Olivia Evans
  • Laura Dern – Wild as Barbara “Bobbi” Grey
  • Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game as Joan Clarke
  • Meryl Streep – Into the Woods as The Witch

Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo

  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  • Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
  • Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson from Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

  • American Sniper – Jason Dean Hall from American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
  • The Imitation Game – Graham Moore from Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
  • The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten from Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking
  • Whiplash – Damien Chazelle from his short film of the same name

Best Animated Feature Film

Winner: Song of the Sea – Tomm Moore and Paul Young

  • Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
  • The Boxtrolls – Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner: Ida (Poland) in Polish – Paweł Pawlikowski

  • Leviathan (Russia) in Russian – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Tangerines (Estonia) in Estonian – Zaza Urushadze
  • Timbuktu (Mauritania) in French – Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Wild Tales (Argentina) in Spanish – Damián Szifrón

Best Documentary – Feature

Winner:Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutsky

  • Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
  • Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
  • The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado and David Rosier
  • Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

  • Best Documentary – Short Subject

    Winner: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

    • Joanna – Aneta Kopacz
    • Our Curse – Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki
    • The Reaper (La Parka) – Gabriel Serra Arguello
    • White Earth – J. Christian Jensen

    Best Live Action Short Film

    Winner: Aya – Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis

    • Boogaloo and Graham – Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
    • Butter Lamp (La Lampe au beurre de yak) – Hu Wei and Julien Féret
    • Parvaneh – Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
    • The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

    Best Animated Short Film

    Winner: Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

    • The Bigger Picture – Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
    • The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo and Daisuke Tsutsumi
    • A Single Life – Joris Oprins
    • Me and My Moulton – Torill Kove

    Best Original Score

    Winner: The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhannsson

    • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
    • The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
    • Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
    • Mr. Turner – Gary Yershon

    Best Original Song

    Winner: “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie – Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson

    • “Glory” from Selma – Music and Lyric by John Legend and Common
    • “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights – Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
    • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
    • “Lost Stars” from Begin Again – Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

    Best Sound Editing

    Winner: Interstellar – Richard King

    • American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
    • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock
    • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
    • Unbroken – Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

    Best Sound Mixing

    Winner: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

    • American Sniper – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
    • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
    • Interstellar – Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
    • Unbroken – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee

    Best Production Design

    Winner: Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

    • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
    • The Imitation Game – Maria Djurkovic (Production Design); Tatiana Macdonald (Set Decoration)
    • Interstellar – Nathan Crowley (Production Design); Gary Fettis (Set Decoration)
    • Mr. Turner – Suzie Davies (Production Design); Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration)

    Best Cinematography

    Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Emmanuel Lubezki

    • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
    • Ida – Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski
    • Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
    • Unbroken – Roger Deakins

    Best Makeup and Hairstyling

    Winner: Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

    • Foxcatcher – Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

    Best Costume Design

    Winner: Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
  • Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges
  • Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard
  • Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran

  • Best Film Editing

    Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling

    • American Sniper – Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
    • Boyhood – Sandra Adair
    • The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
    • Whiplash – Tom Cross

    Best Visual Effects

    Winner: Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
    • Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

    To watch

    • Into the Woods
    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • Interstellar
    • Whiplash
    • Nightcrawler
    • Song of the Sea
    • Maleficent
    • Gone Girl
    • Inherent Vice
    • The Lego Movie
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Feast
    • The Theory of Everything
    • Big Hero 6
    • The Bigger Picture
    • A Single Life
    • How to Train Your Dragon 2
    • Boxtrolls

    Don’t watch

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • American Sniper
  • The Judge
  • Foxcatcher
  • Remote control sockets

    Remote control sockets

    Last week I installed remote control sockets remote control sockets for light switches at home. It’s amazing such a little thing can make a difference.

    I like that it’s absolutely easy to install and use. You don’t really need an advanced “smart home” tech to have remote access to the switches. A socket (and an appliance connected to it) can be turned on/off at the touch of a button, and it’s both cool and convenient.

    The range of the remote control is about 30 meters. It operates on radio frequency, works through walls, doors & floors, no line of sight needed. LED lights indicate remote control signals and socket states. Multiple sockets can be grouped together listening on a single button click to create zones.

    Amazon Sockets

    The manual says that max load is 3120W per socket, so it’s good for lamps, lights, air conditioning, heaters and sound systems. If you google “remote control sockets”, you’ll see them avaliable on every major marketplace. I bought mine from amazon.co.uk, but they are also sold in electrical departments of convenience stores.

    Olloclip lens set for iPhone 6

    Olloclip review

    In the #2014 rewind my favourite gift of 2014 was lense set for iPhone 6 (olloclip). Here’s a little olloclip review that I wrote after using it for about 3 weeks.

    What does olloclip do?

    Olloclip is a lense for mobile devices. It allows you to take photos with settings that are not originally shipped with a smartphone camera: fisheye or macro pictures for example. It’s made from aircraft grade aluminum and precision-ground, coated glass optics. Custom lense sets exist for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch & Samsung Galaxy S. Olloclip family includes fisheye, wide-angle, macro and telephoto lenses.

    Olloclip — wearable lens set for iPhone 6

    History

    Olloclip started on KickStarter. The concept campaign founder Patrick O’Neill evolved his olloclip product idea into a reality. Since then, olloclip modifications have been released for a variety of devices and has attracted a legion of passionate users.

    How does olloclip work?

    First, you need to attach a lens on top of the phone camera. For iPhone 6 it works really smooth, considering that you device doesn’t have any case on.

    After attaching the lens olloclip lenses the camera autofocuses through the olloclip lens. It’s pretty straight forward: fisheye displays a fisheye picture, wide angle gives you wide angle (kind of like what you can achieve with the panorama option, but the camera doesn’t have to be rotated) and macro lenses produce a magnified image.

    Case study

    I’m using a basic thin transparent phone case, and olloclip surprisingly works with it (although, they don’t guarantee any support for phone cases on the website). The clipping process is just no very smooth with a case (obviously) and you have to adjust the position of the camera manually. Unfortunately, it won’t work with most cases being designed to work with a naked, caseless mobile device. However, there’s a case designed by olloclip team themselves with a rotating corner that allows to instantly clip on an olloclip lens without removing the case.

    Features

    There’s a variety of products in olloclip family. Different lens sets, different colours, and different phone models to be installed onto.

    My model specifically is the 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus. It features front and rear-facing camera design. One lens system contains four unique lenses that work with both iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) and the larger iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 inch). The package also includes a wearable pendant.

    The lenses included into my 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus are:

    • Fisheye
    • Wide-Angle
    • 10x Macro
    • 15x Macro

    Pictures taken with olloclip

    Examples of pictures that I made with these lenses. Hundreds of pictures are posted under Instagram #olloclip hashtag and on flickr link given at the bottom of this article.

    Eye — Olloclip Macro by Jucke

    Olloclip — Macro lens 15x on iPhone 6 by Jucke

    Pigeon portrair with olloclip fisheye lens by Jucke

    Hair — Olloclip Macro by Jucke

    Opinion

    Olloclip is a great gadget for mobile photographers. I definitely recommend to check it out!

    Also, I’m probably not the only person who is expecting the telephoto lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus to come out next, and I’m looking forward to try it!

     

    2014 rewind

    #2014 rewind

    From 2013 resolutions: moved from Moscow to London. Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels. Dover, Cambridge, Chester, Coventry. New job. Plane spotting. Got a bike, but take a train (this is a south-west train service to Waterloo only), tube (please, mind the gap between the train and the platform) and a night bus (seats are avaliable on the upper deck).

    So.


    City of the year: London, Amsterdam
    People of the year: colleagues, new people in London
    Language of the year: British English
    Food of the year: fish&chips, cheddar, wild rocket, danish waffles
    Drink of the year: ale
    TV series of the year: Fargo, Black Mirror, True Detective
    Accomplishment of the year: moving to London
    Songs of the year:
    “Far From Any Road” by The Handsome Family (http://youtu.be/Sp0BjFl-a1Y)
    “Take me to church” by Hosier (http://youtu.be/tR8b-3FqQqE)
    “Once Upon A Dream” by Lana Del Rey (http://youtu.be/TZ44x0GnKh4)
    Книга года: “What I talk about when I talk about running” by Haruki Murakami
    Perfume of the year: Chloe
    Beauty product of the year: Lolly Tint by Benefit, More Brows by ModelCo
    Store of the year: Uniqlo, Hema
    Quote of the year: “Hey, dude, you really shouldn’t drink and horse.”
    Purchase of the year: iPhone6
    Gift of the year: ollo clip
    Evil of the year: nationalism
    Concert of the year: Six Organs of Admittance (25th October, London)
    App of the year: Slack
    Clothes of the year: plaid shirt
    Luck of the year: getting a visa in March in a closed visa centre in Kiev
    Fail of the year: fitness
    Game of the year: Monument Valley
    Animal of the year: fox
    Technology of the year: grunt
    Amusement of the year: spotting planes from a bridge
    Place of the year: Cineworld, Wetherspoon, Pure Gym, Shakespeare’s Globe
    Museum of the year: Museum of Brands (http://www.museumofbrands.com/)
    Performance of the year: Skylight by David Hare (http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/produ…/ntlout6-skylight)
    Website of the year: github.com
    Gadget of the year: drone
    Desktop app of the year: Mou, Text Expander
    Event of the year: Farnborough Airshow 2014
    Loss of the year: voluntary
    Actor of the year: Matthew McConaughey
    Actress of the year: Emily Blunt
    Powersong of the year: “Firework” by Katy Perry (http://youtu.be/QGJuMBdaqIw)
    Movie of the year: Nymphomaniac, Million Ways to Die in The West, Gone Girl, Boyhood, Only Lovers Left Alive, Lego, Edge of Tomorrow
    Meme of the year: ice bucket challenge (remember that?)
    Youtube video of the year: Action Movie Kid http://youtu.be/34Q0BB8-2nA
    Cover song of the year: “Wrecking Ball (The Country Version)“ Gregory Brothers http://youtu.be/X7JgVqbh8nE

    Jesus is now 2014 y.o. Hurray!

    Best movies and TV series 2014

    Best movies and TV series of 2014

    This is my personal list of 12 best movies and 12 best TV series of #2014.

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