July 25, 2011
It is noteworthy when the design of an experience is so compelling that you feel wonder and delight. When designed right it feels totally natural, some might even say it is truly ‘intuitive.’ No training is needed, no set-up, no break in flow, the tool fits seamlessly, improving without disrupting your experience; it’s like a little bit of magic.
Principal Interaction Designer at Cooper
Source: “Passive magic, design of delightful experience”
Via: Jeremy Jaymes
July 17, 2011
“It’s true that various media require differing degrees of commitment—releasing files to a printer is a nail-biter of a moment for many of us; the same with anything relatively permanent such as signage. There’s a retail store on Broadway that makes me cringe every time I walk by: Damn, I should’ve made that logo a little smaller; definitely should have tightened up the letterspacing between that I and A. And perhaps it’s because most of my projects of late have been web-based products that I find myself missing the idea of designing in a way that involves some degree of …
Source: “The Merits of Commitment” by Mimi O Chun
July 16, 2011
“It is not the critic who counts, nor the [individual] who points out how the strong [individual] stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the [individual] who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who knows great enthusiasm, great devotion and the triumph of achievement and who, at the worst, if [s/he] fails, at least fails while doing greatly—so that [their] place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Source: “…the best Theodore Roosevelt quote ever” by Tyron Bache
July 16, 2011
Matt Tanase, Co-Founder of Slicehost, on Getting It Done: “It’s hard to fathom for someone not wanting to do their own thing. … Half the battle is just starting something and showing up. So many people talk themselves out of everything. You can ‘what if’ yourself to death. Just start moving. Start putting one foot in front of the other. And work really hard. There aren’t short-cuts. There’s nothing easy. We worked our asses off. I work my ass off now. I don’t have to work my ass off, but I’m still doing it because there are no short-cuts. Just show up and start working, and sometimes good things can happen.”
Source: “Founder Stories”: Slicehost interviewed by 37signals
July 12, 2011
To act, that is true intelligence. I will be what I want to be. But I have to want whatever that is. Success means being successful, not just having the potential for success. Any large area of land has the potential to be a palace, but where’s the palace if no one builds there?
Source: “The Book of Disquiet”
Via: e lucevan le stelle
July 11, 2011
“Ultimately, we found that, especially in the beginning, you have to be willing to look past the initial bottom line and focus on building the best team you can build who can put out the best product possible. The profits will follow. We’ve now been focusing all our efforts and dedicating profits back into the studio for four months… and now there are monster clients knocking at our door. We’ve raised our prices twice since starting and we still turn away more work than we take on. We’re on the cusp of innovating things that could change the way the world interacts with the internet as we know it. All of this, I attribute to building a great culture where people can take ownership of the studio, enjoy coming to work and are pushed to put out better work than the last time.
So how do you know if you’re building a great culture? Well, what I have learned from my experiences, the experiences of those I trust around me, my life and business mentors and movies… you know it in your heart, you can feel it… and for those of you who are less sentimental, it’s instinct.”
Source: “Building Culture” by Roman Titus, Founder of Nelson Cash
July 9, 2011
“Photography is one of the most popular hobbies on the planet, but you’d never know it by reading most photography blogs, podcasts, books and tutorials. It’s mostly treated as a profession, where the goal is either making money or collecting more equipment. But that’s just not realistic for the vast majority of photographers.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with making money, but that mindset has led an entire generation of photographers to concentrate on what sells, not what moves them.
An entire generation is being led to believe that the features on their cameras are more important than the photos they produce.”
Source: “A Lesser Photographer” by CJ Chilvers
Via: Minimal Mac