Think Quarterly: Google’s Take On Digital Geek Media

| March 24, 2011 | Reply

The internet if as full of content as your Facebook page is of people you don’t know.  This makes it difficult to sift through the bad to find the quality work.  For this, I hand you Think Quarterly magazine, by Google.  If you consider yourself a geek at all, you will absolutely absorb the content.  What is Google’s next move?

We hear a lot about Google’s relationship with publishers, but this week the search giant also quietly launched its own online publication based in the UK. Think Quarterly, which calls itself a “a breathing space in a busy world” is, as the name implies, a quarterly online magazine. The design feels somewhat reminiscent of Wired, with a strong focus on infographics and large photos (but without ads). The articles come both from writers inside of Google and freelancers and the publication is designed and edited by creative agency The Church of London.

This first edition mostly focuses on the topic of “data,” but the articles run the gamut from a discussion of Near Field Communication to an interview with “data superstar” Hans Rosling. The bias is obviously towards Google products, though some of the interviews could easily stand on their own in other publications.

Google made some interesting choices in presenting these articles. You can read the magazine (62 pages in this first edition) either in a full-screen view that recreates the magazine experience on the screen (this looks best on a big widescreen monitor) or as traditional online texts. You can also subscribe to the publication’s RSS feed here.

It’s worth noting that a large part of the online reading experience is powered by Issuu and was not developed in-house by Google.

Source: News Grange

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Born and raised in Southern California, I am very open minded when it comes to tech.  I use both Android and iPhone, Mac and PC.  Also a motorhead and enjoy fast cars and bikes.