Geoff Teehan explains Facebook’s new reaction buttons (“Not everything in life is Likable”) // Empty State: Mobile App “Nice-to-Have” Essential // Apparently Les Claypool has his own wines // triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13 // The Complete Conceptual History of the Millennium Falcon // Japanese Artists Show Off Their Workspaces // Scientists believe they have confirmed Banksy’s real identity // The simple (but powerful) 15-minute ‘mind capture’ ritual
The Website Obesity Crisis // How to Optimize Your T-Shirt Designs for Max Wearability (don’t forget to break the rules once you know them) // Conversation As Interface —Landscape & Future of Mobile Design // Redesign concepts for popular websites #1 // Complete Beginner’s Guide to Information Architecture // The Commericial Zen of Muji // Crafting Your UX Portfolio — A Weekend Guide to Getting It Done // CBGB is Reborn … As a Restaurant in Newark Airport – NO. NO. NO. //
Study Finds Social Media Leads To Sleep Disturbance – stay the fuck off Facebook and you’ll feel better // Video: Apollo Robbins, professional pickpocket on the art of misdirection (via Open Culture) // Seth Godin on how famous colleges and in the industrial-education process are not preparing students with practical skills // Frank Chimero tells the story of how he discovered the caption that works on every New Yorker cartoon // Antoher Kickstarter hardware project burns through their money: Jolla announces that it is unable to fulfill all Jolla Tablet crowdfunding perks // So, what exactly is branding? // “Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for” (via swiss miss)
Quartz says traditional home pages are obselete // Apple Watch Scooped Up Over Half The Smartwatch Market In 2015 // The new Google Ventures logo is nice and gestalt-y // “Resilience is a skill, one that’s probably more valuable than most.” —Seth Godin // The Allegory of the Cave, Monty Python styley (via Open Culture) // only in 2016 does Android get forced icon size consistency (it’s about time, guys) // boredom helps creativity (agreed! don’t be afraid of it) // Snapchat Explained… Using Snapchat (video) // Shot: home for fingers over lenses, severed limbs, missing heads, misfires, bad crops, oddly lit, badly composed, inadvertent close-ups and all photographs so bad they can only be described as Shot (via Coudal) // The less you hear about a relationship, the better it’s going.
Admir Hadzic has a gorgeous portfolio site
Zack Grossbart on P Vs. NP – “Right now we assume that P does not equal NP. This means that some problems are easy and others are hard. We think our secrets are safe, but we can’t prove it.”
See the invisible wireless signals around you with this augmented reality app
434 Talks for Designers from 60 ux/ui conferences all over the world
NYTimes – Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. – Sherry Turkle looks at how technology has affected our abilities to communicate and empathize with others.
I have waaaaaay too many tabs open in Safari and they have been open for way too long.
Lucky for me and you, I find good shit and good shit doesn’t go bad.
Jony Ive’s Secret Coffee Ritual – Good coffee-making tips here
exquisite texts — “text +1 (718) 404-9006 and write some damn poetry”
This is What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising — “an athlete’s fitness drops faster the fitter they are” Solution? Stay active, even if it’s in little ways.
Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days — Keeping this on file for something I’ll be launching soon
The Pixar Theory of Labor — I haven’t finished this, but what I have read is interesting.
Koken — “Content management and web site publishing for photographers” — I want to try this.
Andrew Ambrosino reimagined Apple Music and iTunes — I love projects like these.
Microsoft, Capitulation and The End of Windows Everywhere – Like IBM, Microsoft isn’t going away, but Windows is.
Seth Godin: When considering a new project, it might help to make three lists:
Rives: The Museum of Four in the Morning – What a great speaker
After you watch the above video of Rives, you can read this poem
Marco Arment: The ethics of modern web ad-blocking
Ars Technica: Op-ed: How I gave up alternating current *__*
Ars Technica: Filmmakers fighting “Happy Birthday” copyright find their “smoking gun” It’s bullshit that the Happy Birthday song isn’t in the public domain.
MIT Technology Review: Tech’s Enduring Great-Man Myth
I have a problem with links. I collect too many of them and don’t post them. Think of the Hoarders TV show, but instead of a house full of shit, I have a folder full of links. So here comes a purge. Some of the things that have caught my eye over the past several months:
“Valley Uprising is the much-anticipated documentary from Sender Films about the epic history of climbing in Yosemite National Park and the counterculture roots of outdoor sports.”
Coastermatic — “Your instagrams in stone, coasters.” Christmas gift ideas. People always need coasters.
Sound City Project — “By using a combination of a panoramic view with high quality 3D sound recorded using a custom “soundhead” prototype, you can select places on a map and give yourself a better idea of what it’s like to actually be there.” If you’re the type of person who likes ambient sound while they work, this site is great. A tumblr about beautiful maps
Neil Gaiman (YouTube): You Learn By Finishing Things Michael Mark Cohen
Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For — I am a white, middle class male professor at a big, public university, and every year I get up in front of a hundred and fifty to two hundred undergraduates in a class on the history of race in America and I ask them to shout white racial slurs at me. The results are usually disappointing.
On Mindfulness and Quality — “Think of a tool you’re fond of. What is it that brings about the feelings of endearment? Does it perform a function exceptionally well? Does the quality of the build make the task more enjoyable? Does it feel solid?”
Jason Fried at Basecamp explains how, when designing a UI we usually go right from a quick paper sketch to HTML/CSS. We skip the static Photoshop mockup.
Aeon: We prize originality, yet humans are natural-born copycats and only good imitators survive. Is it time to celebrate the rip-off? They’re being provocative and snarky by using the term ‘rip-off’. Not new news. Everything is a remix, remember?
Jason Santa Maria: Correspondence with an Ex-Designer — “This month I want to share a letter I received from ex-designer, now sheep farmer, Ruth, in reply to my post from a few months back where I wondered what comes next after being a designer. Ruth kindly shared where her life led, and what the other side might look like. I was moved by what she wrote, not only because of her direct experience, but just to hear that I wasn’t alone with my own fears about exhuastion and nourishment.”
“Huds and Guis was created to form a collection of the most beautiful and innovative examples of HUD (Heads-Up Display) and GUI (Graphical User Interface) design.”
Ben Thompson: How Apple Creates Leverage, and the Future of Apple Pay — “This reading of Apple’s partnership abilities, though, mistakenly rests on the assumption that business deals grow out of personal affinity. The truth is that while personal likability may help on the margins, the controlling force in Apple’s negotiations is cold hard business logic. Thus, in order to understand why Apple has been so successful in previous partnerships – and, looking forward, to better estimate the chances of Apple Pay becoming widespread – it is essential to understand how the company acquires and uses leverage.”
Dustin Curtis thinks Amazon is an echo chamber — “They make a product, they market the product on Amazon.com, they sell the product to Amazon.com customers, they get a false sense of success, the customer puts the product in a drawer and never uses it, and then Amazon moves on to the next product.”
Portishead’s “Dummy” at 20. Sheesh. I’m old, but what a great fucking album. Techcrunch is launching a new show called
“Built In Brooklyn” all about startups from that borough.
An awesome, letterpressed, linear calendar I bought by The Made Shop (I might steal the format for my own calendar)
Google removes underlined links – I’m saving this post for an upcoming essay on ‘authentic digital experiences’ (spoiler: having or not having underlines on your links doesn’t make your digital experience any more or less authentic).
Amazon Prime price jumping to $99 in the US – I’ve been a Prime member for a few years now. I’m fine with the $20/year hike. Still a great deal.
A message from 1996:
IDC predicts that by January 1997, up to a fifth of America’s top 500 companies boasting Web sites will have either closed them down or frozen their growth. Although more people are expected to peek at the Web this year, many will cancel their subscriptions and go back to watching television.
Neil Young launched a Kickstarter for his Pono Player – As I write this it’s at 9,261 backers with more than $3 million dollars. This would be considered a failure for Apple or Samsung, but this is great news for Neil. Niche music, technology, films, etc can exist in this world. Not everything has to be a blockbuster.
Links, links, links. Life is a series of links. Shit happened this week. Here’s a few things that caught my eye:
Tobias Frere-Jones is suing Jonathan Hoefler (via everywhere). The typography duo that brought you THE typeface of the 2000s—Gotham—is in court. This should remind you never to be envious of a perfect company or perfect marriage. They don’t exist.
DENHAM PSYCHO (via Quipsologies). Well-executed (no pun intended) hipster remake of the business card and axe scenes in American Psycho (It’s incredible how many guys in San Francisco look exactly like the ones depicted in this video).
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee with Jay Leno. This episode is great. Most of em are. I’m happy Jerry is back with a new season.
MAMP. It let’s you use your Mac as a server for local testing. I’m using it to work on a new WordPress site. It’s been around a while, but it’s new to me (Hey, cut me some slack, I’m a designer, not a dev).
One-third of the 8,500 or so taxi drivers in San Francisco … have ditched driving a registered cab in the last 12 months to drive for a private transportation startup like Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar instead. Woah.
The Bacon Method. Set oven to 400 degrees. Toss in tray of bacon. Set timer for 20 minutes. Then you have perfectly cooked bacon.
If I keep letting all these saved links pile up, my computer will most definitely burst. Some of these have been sitting around a while, sorry if you’ve seen them already.
The Car Crush – “I believe there is a car crush waiting out there for everyone, and if I’m doing my job then you will find it here.” Amen.
X: The Unheard Music – I’m a documentary junkie, I have to carve out some time to check this. via The Loop
Speaking of documentaries, PressPlayPause looks interesting too, and you can decide if you want to download it for free or buy it on iTunes or Amazon. Bold move.
Designers’ Friend – Super nerdy portfolio site.
Brackets: From Comp To Code – Badass tool for devs working with PSDs from us nit-picky designers. On that note, Macaw looks cool too.
Small Victories – “Small Victories is a simple way to make a website out of the contents of a Dropbox folder.” Interesting.
Videry – Curated Videos for Designers
Tip: Prevent iPhoto from opening when you plug in your iPhone – Wow. Thank you 37Signals, this has been driving me crazy as well. I haven’t tried this yet, but I hope it works. Unlike my Canon Rebel, I actually like to keep my photos on my iPhone to share and show people (I also liked keeping photos on my Treo before it too).
Blogs can kill brands – I’m not sure blogs can kill brands, but the the good ones most certainly have a lot of influence. I understand why Eric Karjaluoto gave it that title, it’s much more effective than Blogs Have A Lot of Influence Over Brands.