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Flash Reads 01/10

Welcome to Flash Reads!

With our lives in a fast paced orbit around social media, we often flit between the barrage of headlines on our feeds without so much as a second glance. So here’s what we propose: every fortnight, set aside fifteen minutes and enjoy this list of carefully curated articles from the web. Each issue, look forward to a total of three articles — one design or marketing related, one entertainment or lifestyle related, and one world issue — to tickle your mind.

In this issue: Are the new SMRT train screens really that bad? Like honestly, what’s there to do in a museum? And, Otto Warmbier, the untold story.

1. SMRT In-train Screen Redesign

With COE priced at such premiums, most of us have turned to public transportation. For good measure too, our train system, while not always reliable, does comfortably get you to most places in Singapore. With the introduction of the new in-train screens, commuters now get even more information at a glance, but is it really information they want?

“We found out two main user needs for the MRT screens: to find out where they are, and to find out how far they are from the destination.”

You can read the full article here.

2. Museums Are Boring AF

Museums. We’ve all been here, be it for a date or just because there’s nothing better to do in Singapore. But for those of us who don’t understand art, why are we even there?

“Yet there is something about the design of a museum’s space that provides an escape into another world, setting the mood for unexpected conversations with fellow visitors.”

You can read the full article here.

3. The Untold Story of Otto Warmbier, American Hostage

A moment of folly ultimately doomed Otto Warmbier to be nothing more than a political pawn, even as he lay none the wiser.

“We tell stories so that we can make sense of irresolvable unknowns and then act.”

You can read the full article here.

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