Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to Florence Knoll Bassett, Sweden's affinity for erotica, how germs communicate and more

Pioneer of Office Design, Florence Knoll Bassett Dies at 101 Anyone familiar with open floor plans, straight lines and simplicity within their office knows the work of Florence Knoll Bassett. The acclaimed architect and designer reimagined corporate workspaces through her system of “total design,” which removed heavier drapes and desks and championed sleek, modern additions. As the design director of Knoll Associates, for more than 20 years, …

Google Chrome’s Quest to Kill the URL

Driven by security concerns, a desire to curb fraudulent sites and phishing attempts, Google Chrome’s usable security lead Emily Stark and her team aim to rework how the browser presents web addresses. Their goal includes the removal of long and complicated URLs—and two projects are currently underway. First, the just-launched TrickURI will help developers confirm URL accuracy. Second, Stark’s team is developing an alert system …

Chrome’s “DoneGood” Extension Suggests Ethical Buys

After struggling to find companies they really wanted to support, Cullen Schwarz and Scott Jacobson co-founded DoneGood—a new Chrome extension that suggests ethical options when shopping online. Users can even select more specific criteria for DoneGood to find for them, from women- or minority-owned companies to cruelty-free and vegan brands. Schwarz tells FastCo, “Our overarching goal is always to make this as easy as possible, …