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There’s No BS in RSS (feeds)

Okay, so I cannot lie, I’ve heard of RSS feeds many times before. I’ve seen the icon million times and simply thought, “Why do I need that? I just go to the sites whenever I want news.” Pretty shortsighted, I know.

I guess that is why we are calling them “feeds” for this purpose and rightfully so, it sounds user-friendly and accessible! So other than organizing my virtual life and figuring out that they are awesome, what else have feeds taught me? Well, for one thing they taught me that my peers in ICM 501 are pretty engaging folks. While we all have at least one common interest (that being the course), I really enjoy having my feed organize all of the blogs to better keep up with everyone’s happenings in the course.

With that said, what “outsider” blogs am I subscribed to? One of the first blogs I have followed (even non-feed) is You The Designer. The site provides everything from Photoshop tutorials to design freebies for blogs (I may or may not have been inspired here). I have even been motivated to go out and buy some movie posters I forgot or didn’t know were awesome. I also like how the site does not post that often, so when they do, I usually take the time to read.

Another one of my favorites is called Logo Design Love. As a designer, I have worked for a national brand and also worked on several logo designs for people looking to brand themselves and their companies. The really short end of it is that I have always been fascinated with logos. As a kid, I would not be very chatty in the morning, so I would sit with my bowl of cereal and read (or inspect) the box. Logos have always captivated me. Whether it was cereal mascots, soda cans or the Ghostbusters logo, I was hooked. I even bought a throwback can of Pepsi today based on the retro look I grew up with and I don’t really even like soda…

So, Pepsi throws back, Walmart, Stop & Shop and Kraft Foods change their logos while Tropicana changes their logo drastically enough that they had to change back (as customers were confused last year).

Of course, these branding fun facts won’t interest all of you, but they do hold my attention. My point is to make the feeds your own (oh and help you multi-task more efficiently). Just another example on how we no longer have to seek out the news as much as the news (we want) seeks out us.

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