Duds

But for the design community, the issue is larger than anyone’s feelings, or even the success or failure of these apps. I worry about the reckoning to come when Square sells to Apple for less than its investors had hoped, or when Medium shuts down or gets acquired (or pivots to provide something other than an attractive, New Yorker-themed CMS for writers, the poorest people in the first world).

What defines the web.

We shouldn’t think of “the web” as only what renders in web browsers. We should think of the web as anything transmitted using HTTP and HTTPS. Apps and websites are peers, not competitors. They’re all just clients to the same services.

Typekit practice

Volumes have been written about typography, yet every good designer will say there are no rules; there is no magic formula for success. Typography simply takes practice. Typography is a practice.

Publishing cycles

A digital product that only updates once a month is a relic. A lot of what was done in wave 1 of app magazines ignored the lessons of web over the last 20+ years. I am incredibly optimistic about magazine-like storytelling on digital devices, but binding them to print production cycles in monolithic downloads must evolve.

Scrolling vs. Paging

In this study, we examined the use of paging vs. scrolling in reading passages, including participants’ reading comprehension in paging and scrolling conditions.

Pixarian

Our conversations revealed recurring themes about applying Pixar's principles in other organizations: delight and storytelling as driving forces, the elimination of ego as management strategy, the idea that creativity can come from anyone, and the balance between patience and action. Each is a philosophy and approach that former employees have adopted in their new organizations to create revolutionary products and strong teams, and can be translated into any business, including yours.

Stop counting clicks

For 20 years, publishers have been chasing pageviews, the metric that counts the number of times people load a web page. The more pageviews a site gets, the more people are reading, the more successful the site. Or so we thought. Chartbeat looked at deep user behavior across 2 billion visits across the web over the course of a month and found that most people who click don’t read. In fact, a stunning 55% spent fewer than 15 seconds actively on a page.

Zuckerberg's letter to shareholders

Unlike most companies, Facebook views its "business" as a way to fund its product. This is profound and important, especially for investors who believe that products are just tools with which to build businesses and generate cash for shareholders.

Interference is expensive in design

Nothing is more destructive to good design than group thinking and collective decision making. Why? As I said, to most people good design is invisible. Group decisions focus on the visible, bad aspects of design.

The most interesting chart I've seen all day

Realizing that Windows is not a hegemony will unleash market forces that nobody can predict.

Makes it feel like the new Surface is at least a year too late to the party.

Busyness

Almost everyone I know is busy. They feel anxious and guilty when they aren’t either working or doing something to promote their work. They schedule in time with friends the way students with 4.0 G.P.A.’s  make sure to sign up for community service because it looks good on their college applications

That's why my plan is being idle on a bike the next two weeks.

Uniqlo

Yanai, though, cannot resist the American market. Around the corner from his Tokyo office, there's a large map of Manhattan. There are push pins marking Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Forever 21, Gap, Hollister, and a half-dozen other brands that could be considered immediate competitors. Significantly, there's one outlier marked: the Apple Store. When I ask Yanai about this, he replies simply, "People have only one wallet."

Great interview with Tadashi Yanai, founder of Uniqlo, my main source of basic clothing.

Hiring

Good, creative writers are the backbone of our business. We try to hire and retain the best of them.

Hacking an ATM

At the Black Hat conference in 2010, an ATM designed and built by my employer was setup on stage, and a security researcher demonstrated an exploit which emptied out all its cash. For many months prior, I had been my employer's designated point-man in responding to this attack...

It's a great story, and you can also find the presentation on YouTube.

As obvious as it's not

The creators of Greatness appear to be just as oblivious to the importance of what they are doing as everyone else is.

Avoiding a new depression

And there are lots of things these people say that sound very wise and sensible. But it's all upside-down; it's all wrong. Yet the power of their orthodoxy – even when it's failing – is quite awesome.

Counter intuitive to a lot of people, but I wish more people would listen to Krugman.

GTD has never really worked for me.

I think GTD can work for those who have more straightforward jobs, like sales. In sales, you have a bunch of calls and emails to make and you need a system to follow up on all your leads. However, in creative work it’s much more fluid and rather than having a 100 leads to follow up on, you need focus to drive development and innovation on a project.

Even if my to-do’s were structured, the biggest challenge in doing creative work is eliminating everything but the problem.

Sharing His ‘Like’

On Valentine’s Day, Nick Bergus came across a link to an odd product on Amazon.com: a 55-gallon barrel of ... personal lubricant.

Bill Murray

If you—movie director, journalist, dentist—want to speak to him, you don't go through any gatekeeper. You leave a message on an 800 number. If Bill Murray wants to speak with you, he'll call you back.

Coffee geeks

The Steampunk allows a barista t0 adjust the temperature, time, volume and agitation of each brew before manually plunging the coffee grounds into the chamber.

So many of my friends would probably love this, luckily I'm not that particular.

Is Facebook overvalued?

No one is going to invest in Facebook shares today if its price will be 30% lower in five years. So, in order to entice someone to invest in it today, Facebook needs to offer a handsome return. Assuming that its five-year return is equal to the stock market’s long-term average return of 11% annualized, Facebook shares currently would need to be trading at just $13.80.

Video banned from YouTube because it was on TV.

Your company NBC just up and blocked our video and claimed that we are copyright infringers! But we are not! We made it! And this is the video that you said you loved! Now, if you try to watch our video (and again this is the video that had nothing to do with you until you used it in your show without asking) on YouTube it’s just a big black sign that basically says, “the makers of this video stole this video from NBC, so you can’t watch it!” Jay, what in the hell is going on here?

This must be done with some sort of fingerprint technology, which means any YouTube video featured on a mainstream tv-channel might suffer the same fate.

Threats to Apple

The smartest people will always want to be working on the smartest thing. Sometimes that comes together in one amazing project. iOS has been that project for this decade.

Working on iOS 4-5 years ago must have been one the most interesting jobs in technology, today, I'm not so sure.

8-bit Radiohead

Ever listen to Radiohead's Kid A or OK Computer and thought, "I wonder what this would sound like as 8-bit Atari or Nintendo music?" Probably not.

OK Computer is probably the album I've listened to the most in my life.

Great work

At its core, Kickstarter is a very simple idea. We believed that if we could just get it out there into the world, and get people to use it, that their success would beget more success, and more attention.

Growing up as Justin Bieber

That, right there, is a proper 18-year-old, someone who probably knows how to draw an excellent dick on a grease board. To be a real man, you gotta be a real boy first.

Tiny details

My point, and I do have one, is that details matter. Details matter, in fact, a hell of a lot.

Obsessive + Visionary = Greatness

Critics

“That’s not working”, he would say. Sometimes he’d walk off leaving you to sort it out. Other times, on asking why, he’d sit down and go through the problems with you.

This resonates with me, and I hope with all people I work with. If you don't accept that, you'll often see me as a jerk.

How reality TV should be.

The audition was the strangest one he’d ever been to. he producers of the popular Japanese TV show called Susunu! Denpa Sho-Nen (Don’t Go For It, Electric Boy!) were looking for someone who was willing to be locked away in a one-bedroom apartment for however long it took to win a million yen (then the equivalent of about $10,000) worth of prizes in magazine contests.

If that opportunity ever opens up again, I'd love to be in the casting committee.

What non-tech people don't get.

I realised that the difference between a superstar tech team and a good tech team is the difference between Facebook and a shipwreck.

The loss due to mediocracy.

How good is that?

There are algorithms that can automatically hint typefaces, and they do a fairly good job. I am not satisfied with ‘fairly good’ and assume that my customers will not be either. Auto-hinting is a lot like auto-translation. Auto-translation will get you the gist, sometimes a hint of the subtlety, but often something hilariously wrong.

Still desperately want his fonts on the web though.

Sound of silence

Reading the transcript of the Retraction episode of This American Life is one thing; listening to it is another. The most interesting bits were the silences, not only because Daisey is so clearly uncomfortable answering the questions, but also because we’ve been trained as radio listeners to abhor silence — it makes *us* incredibly uncomfortable.

Daisey tries to walk a tightrope, without one.

Skateboarding

Er også kunst.

Diablo III

Finn fram kalenderen og en tusj med én gang: Datoen å merke seg er 15. mai.

Fy som jeg gleder meg.

The new iPad

Even if you have perfect vision, indulge me here for a second. You know when you go in for an eye exam and you’re asked to look at a combination of letters and numbers on a chart against a far wall? You read the first few lines, then realize you actually can’t go any further. Then you get prescribed glasses (or contacts) and you can all of a sudden read every letter and number. And even the ones you could read before are now so much clearer.

Goldman Sachs evility

I knew it was time to leave when I realized I could no longer look students in the eye and tell them what a great place this was to work.

The greatest reason why I believe Apple should not release a 7-8" iPad.

The iPad’s equivalent to the iPod’s music is applications. That’s what we use them for, that’s what we spend our money on. But here’s the problem: applications designed for the large iPad are not necessarily going to work so well on the small iPad. Let’s say the small iPad’s screen resolution is 1024×768, so it could run current iPad apps at a reduced physical size: many applications are going to be way too small.

Great content

The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus.Technically I suppose Google has always been an advertising company, but for the better part of the last three years, it didn’t feel like one. Google was an ad company only in the sense that a good TV show is an ad company: having great content attracts advertisers.

The best process is no process.

It happens quietly, but the projects that could be the most disruptive to the company begin in silence. Someone, somewhere has a bright idea and a handful of talented engineers are whisked off to a different building behind a locked door. Their status is “elsewhere” and their project is “need to know.”

Issues with Facebook Connect

I have always been bewildered by the way Facebook implemented Facebook Connect. It is an awesome idea in theory, and could potentially become the de facto standard login system for the web, but it has developed a terrible reputation for giving connected apps the ability to post to your Timeline and spam your friends. It has happened to me so many times that I don't even bother connecting to apps anymore unless I trust them 100%.

His proposed solution would make me use Facebook Connect ~infinitely more.

In perspective

The iOS platform overtook the OS X platform in under four years and more iOS devices were sold in 2011 (156 million) than all the Macs ever sold (122 million).

In the future OS X will be for geeks.

And instead of a room full of writers, journalists, and analysts, it was just me, Schiller, and two others from Apple — Brian Croll from product marketing and Bill Evans from PR.

I think the way Apple chose to release this story is more interesting than the content of it. OS X isn't important enough for a keynote, but their relationship with the geeks definitely is.

Management

Very few company founders start out with management experience, so they tend to make it up as they go along. Sometimes they try to reinvent management from first principles. More often than not, they manage their startups the way that they’ve seen management work on TV and in movies. I’ll bet more entrepreneurs model their behavior on Captain Picard from Star Trek than any nonfiction human.

Now, a bunch of them will model themselves after Steve Jobs - and fail.

A boy named Sue

My belief is that he wanted interaction, but he was too young to really know how to ask for it. So I’d take a day or two to prepare, then go back to his office and say, “Steve, when you came by the other day, I wasn’t able to tell you these things, but this is why I did what I did.” He’d look at all of it and say, “OK, that’s fine. That’s great. Keep going.”

Defend what you do.

Ask.

I have noticed one overarching theme among smart people: they ask questions. When someone explains something new to me, I’ll usually just nod my head like I know what they’re talking about. If I don’t understand something, I’ll just Google it later. After all, I don’t want this person to think I’m a moron. Smart people are different. If they don’t understand something, or even if they think they understand something, they’ll ask questions.

It really is the best way to learn.

Cash is not king.

The riskiness of an investment is not measured by beta (a Wall Street term encompassing volatility and often used in measuring risk) but rather by the probability -- the reasoned probability -- of that investment causing its owner a loss of purchasing power over his contemplated holding period. Assets can fluctuate greatly in price and not be risky as long as they are reasonably certain to deliver increased purchasing power over their holding period. And as we will see, a nonfluctuating asset can be laden with risk.

$1 a century ago is $0.038 today.

The annual report from Berkshire Hathaway is a must-read, every year.

Webmail dekket av DLD.

Kripos vil at Datalagringsdirektivet også skal gjelde nettbaserte e-posttjenester.

Jeg lurer på hvordan de ser for seg at det skal implementeres om man bruker https.

Salattråkking.

Vi merker oss at produksjonsselskapet Mastiff som står bak programformatet Ingen grenser, avviser at de selger freakshow. Da spør vi hvem som skal definere det? Iallfall ikke dem som reiser rundt og tjener penger på å vise frem mennesker med synlige og fysiske annerledesheter.

...skriver Berit Vegheim som er daglig leder i Stopp Diskrimineringen.