Flipboard has been my go-to newsreader since its debut almost three years ago. The user interface offers a winning combination of attractive and functional design that should be studied by digital designers everywhere. It is the only media consumption app (aside from Safari) that has earned a coveted place in my iPad's dock alongside the calendars and todo lists and other GTD apps.
And now it has become a promising app for media creation. Earlier this year it introduced the ability for users to create and edit their own magazines. While the editor is still fairly rudimentary, the ability to "flip" pages from the web as well as from within the flipboard app is convenient and the automatic layout engine usually does a better job than I would if I spent hours trying to arrange articles myself.
I had been searching for a magazine devoted to the least defined of my fields of interest -- the Digital Humanities -- in the hopes that someone could curate content in this area of interest for me. Given the constituency that makes up the early adopters of new media forms, tech topics are typically the most abundant. I was therefore surprised not to find anything related to the tech-adjacent topic of Digital Humanities. So I started my own publication.
I'm curating it as much for me as for the tens of readers who have flocked to the Flipboard Digital Humanities Magazine. I have not yet tried out the collaborative magazine feature, but this is perhaps where the greatest potential lies -- especially for use in scholarly collaborations and as a means to expand teaching and learning outside of the classroom.
In an era of information abundance in which things are streaming at us from all directions, curation of content becomes increasingly vital. Flipboard is one of many exciting projects in their early stages of figuring out how to curate this content to cut down on the noise without cutting out the variety. And at this moment, it's my favorite.