Exploring the sites in this article, my favorite so far is the Theologos jewelry site. It’s like they designed the site to be more like a movie about jewelry.
“We need to embrace the idea that UX is necessarily multi-disciplinary—not just within different communities of practice, but within individual skill sets. People are surprised to hear that I speak at conferences about content strategy and yet still do interaction design work for clients. Why can’t I love them both? I loved them both when I called them information architecture.”
I don’t even like news or sports but this photo sucked me right in. Very cool stuff in the post, too — click through and check out the video.
So many great answers to this question on Quora. Great read for anyone looking to build a design team, or for anyone involved in educating future UX designers.
So far, I have found myself subscribing to the “assume your equity is valueless and be pleasantly surprised if you find otherwise” argument when joining a startup and understanding what the options they offer you are worth.
This article describes another way to look at it, that actually makes sense. At the end, though, it’s still just a guess.
“Liked items are for advertisers, they’re not for you. In Facebook’s estimation, you don’t need to remove a page you no longer like, because you are never going to visit it anyway.”
“We’d like somebody who writes <b> instead of <B>, but not someone who writes, say, <strong>. We’d like someone who isn’t all “durrrr” when they look at Photoshop, but we’d prefer someone who typically inflicts their general averageness on HTML instead of graphic design.”
Someone was talking about this use case the other day — how to deal with all your “note to self”s — this could be your answer. Program this app to send them all to evernote (or whatever cataloging method you prefer) and prefix them with a tag that works for you.
Link: Cordless Dog: Stay →
I use a laptop at work with a separate monitor. I often unplug and go into the conference room to project my screen, then re-plug in to my monitor when done. Then, if I work from home, I’m working on the laptop alone.
Every time I unplug from a display or a projector, I have to reconfigure my windows to where I had them. It’s time consuming and kind of silly.
That’s why I can’t believe it took me so long to download the trial of Cordless Dog’s Mac application, Stay. It’s genius. You set up your windows the way you like, then hit Save, and it automatically puts them back if you switch displays. I don’t know how it does it, it just works.
Totally worth the $15, but they have a 30-day trial just to make sure.
“No one crumples a blank sheet of paper”
A sketch from J.K. Rowling’s notebook, revealing how she planned out the story while writing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Really nice, straightforward case study of the newly released ngenworks rebrand.
Inbox Who Cares — How I manage my email
Gmail’s latest iteration on their fabulous webmail service, Priority Inbox, has opened a whole new world of email management for me. I was never very good at Inbox Zero, as much as I like the theory.
I know the idea was to spend as little time as possible dealing with email, but even the time it would take to delete, manage, and archive emails was too much for me. YES, some emails are not even important enough for me to spend the energy it takes to target my mouse pointer over the little checkbox next to the title in the list and then point to the “delete” button. EVEN THAT IS TOO MUCH EFFORT.
I don’t get so many emails that I always need to tag them or put them in special folders. I can scan the list and deduce from the sender and subject line whether I want to read them or not.
Apparently, the magic gmail genie can do this too. With priority inbox enabled, it does a surprisingly good job of putting the emails I would have wanted to open and read in a special section at the top of my inbox, called “important and unread”. I don’t have to do anything. It’s amazing. And if it makes the wrong choice, I can easily educate it so it will choose right next time. IT IS AWESOME. (Note: I have not been paid to write this. Though I wouldn’t turn down such an offer in the future.)
The rest of the emails I get throughout the day are easy for me to scan and make sure nothing’s getting missed. Once I’ve done that, I never look below the line again. I leave them unread, unarchived, undealt with, who cares. These emails are not important. Once I scan them and choose not to read them, I don’t want to spend another second thinking about them. SO I DON’T. BAM! It’s so efficient!
All I have to think about are the emails in the Priority Inbox section, which only stay there if unread. Once I read them, if I want them to stay above the “who cares” pit of nothingness, I can star them. Or I can tag them, label them, put them in a folder, whatever works. Or I just reply and understand that they will float back up again if the conversation continues.
Gmail marks the unread count appropriately for this system. I can ignore how many emails I leave unread in the regular old inbox (current count: 102), but pay attention when I have two emails unread in the Priority Inbox. (That almost always is at zero.)
One other thing I do, which may or may not work for someone else: When I subscribe to a mailing list or get a newsletter or promotion, I set up auto filters to filter those emails into folders so they never even reach my inbox. I sort of forget about them most of the time. But I can go back and scan through if I feel like I’m missing out.
Email shouldn’t be a chore. I am rebelling against the idea of email management while still managing to get through all my emails just fine. I read everything I need to. I haven’t missed anything yet. I keep expecting it all to come crashing down, but so far, it just hasn’t. So, who cares?