Communication Between Designers and Engineers
short, useful talk from WWDC17
"Jakob’s Law of the Internet User Experience states that “users spend most of their time on websites other than yours. Thus, a big part of customers’ mental models of your site will be influenced by information gleaned from other sites.”
another great "crafting your life" read
this framework is amazing. strikes me as even more valuable if it's applied to your overall behavior and thinking, as opposed to just your career
awesome work being done by Mozilla. brave to open up a potentially divisive process like this
A good reminder to actively seek and read books that challenge your worldview
"Facts decay over time until they are no longer facts or perhaps no longer complete. Information has a predictable half-life: the time taken for half of it to be replaced or disproved."
TIL: (1) Multiply instead of drop shadow; (2) hue mathematics; (3) hang the bullets
10/10 read. feel like prototyping some animations now
"the biggest key to successful side hustles that i’ve seen? understanding that you’re not starting a startup."
when a best practice is not best practice
"The gradients we identify as beautiful are similar to what we see in nature. Conversely, a combination of colours our eyes have never seen before would rightly evoke feelings of discomfort and unease."
"Don't just use apps, study them."
I rarely enjoy long lists, but this one is fantastic
fun to see how app designs have evolved
can’t wait to try this exercise one day
“What emerges is the realization that the team could make their design’s experience much worse. No matter how bad they think it is now, there’s always room to make it much, much more miserable for the user.
That realization is important, because if they can make it worse, that means they can make it better. And if it’s this easy to imagine a worse experience, how hard is it to imagine a better one?”
Awesome to see how Apple’s brand aesthetic has evolved
“Work in pulses. Chunk your time. Do a daily brain dump to get things off your mind. Keep a notebook with you. If you feel worried or stressed, write it out in your worry journal. Add more of a routine to your day to help avoid decision fatigue. When things are automatic, they don’t consume as much energy.”
this is an awesome awesome update
"Design for AI applications will have to consider not only a product’s appearance, but how it feels and understands the person, how it complements our life and becomes its part. The AI-driven interface of the future gives what you need, at the right time and in the form which you personally feel comfortable with receiving information."
great case study by AJ&Smart
Roman Mars is incredible. A fun and interesting TED talk. The San Francisco flag redesigns are awesome
"Jordan has a complex relationship to freedom of speech. He wants to effectively silence those left-wing professors by keeping students away from their courses because the students may one day become “anarchical social revolutionaries” who may bring upon us disruption and violence. At the same time he was advocating cutting funds to universities that did not protect free speech on their campuses. He defended the rights of “alt right” voices to speak at universities even though their presence has given rise to disruption and violence. For Jordan, it appears, not all speech is equal, and not all disruption and violence are equal, either."
scooters - Uber's second chance?
"What remains under-appreciated is habit: your typical tech first-adopter may have no problem checking multiple apps to catch a quick ride, but I suspect most riders would prefer to use the same app they already have on their phone. To that end, there is certainly a strong impetus for Bird and Lime to spread to new cities, simply to get that first-app-installed advantage, but this is where Uber has the biggest advantage of all: the millions of people who already have the Uber app."
"The consideration missing in this calculation is that learning is not and should not be about the end goal of being great. Learning is valuable in and of itself if – and it’s a big if – the learning is interesting. The challenge of getting better at something, of understanding something better than you did before is – though cliche – it’s own reward."
Maybe don’t short everything, but otherwise some interesting thoughts
Wild. Local government is what affects our lives the most, yet gets away with absurd levels of corruption because we pay close to no attention
useful if you’ve ever wondered why your designs for iOS look a little off in production
“Recently I gave a talk to a group of design leaders, where I presented a list: (1) User, (2) Business, (3) Team, (4) Self. This list represents, in rank order, how I believe we as designers should prioritize our work”
“When we really dig into growth problems, we often see that enough people are actually coming to the products. The real growth problems start when people land…and leave. They don’t stick. This is an onboarding problem, and it’s often the biggest weakness for startups.”
“Centralized platforms often come bundled at launch with compelling apps: Facebook had its core socializing features and the iPhone had a number of key apps. Decentralized platforms, by contrast, often launch half-baked and without clear use cases. As a result, they need to go through two phases of product-market fit: 1) product-market fit between the platform and the developers/entrepreneurs who will finish the platform and build out the ecosystem, and 2) product-market fit between the platform/ecosystem and end users. This two-stage process is what causes many people — including sophisticated technologists — to consistently underestimate the potential of decentralized platforms.”
“Someday, they will be used by the machines in our network, on our desk, in our garage, and in our pocket to exchange value and achieve consensus at blinding speeds, anonymously, and at minimal cost.”
"Now here’s the issue: We know that things can go too far on the Right and we know that things can go too far on the Left. But we don’t know what the markers are for going too far on the Left. And I would say that it’s ethically incumbent on those who are liberal or Left-leaning to identify the markers of pathological extremism on the Left and to distinguish themselves from the people who hold those pathological viewpoints. And I don’t see that that’s being done. And I think that’s a colossal ethical failure, and it may doom the liberal-Left project."
"If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all this building, it’s that reality has a surprising amount of detail.
This turns out to explain why its so easy for people to end up intellectually stuck. Even when they’re literally the best in the world in their field."
"Once you quit a full-time job, you just need a small positive savings rate to stick around and keep trickling into investments. This will automatically become a cash snowball as you go about your daily retired life. By the time you’re old enough to need it, it will be bigger than you can possibly need."
Android is adding some neat new features to liberate you from your phone. And they are fairly heavy-handed -- I love it
"Ask yourself, “how does this decision I’m making look in the context of all of human conditions in the world right now, and throughout the many thousands of years of human history?” Is there really a big difference between the fancy neighborhood and the normal one now? Between home-brewed espressos or Starbucks? Or even between choosing the 2001 car and the 2013 one?"
this is seriously cool. lightning network having good user experience was far from a given. crypto UX slowly moving forward
“The whole point of money is that it solves the double-coincidence of wants problem that makes barter massively ineffective. Requiring customers purchase your tokens in order to use your services is a huge barrier to mainstream adoption.”
“As tempting as it may be to believe that products can virtually design themselves using a nifty engineering-led, Darwinistic process, such beliefs are misplaced and will not lead to the creation of great products.”
"As you can see, the 4% value is actually somewhat of a worst-case scenario in the 65 year period covered in the study. In many years, retirees could have spent 5% or more of their savings each year, and still ended up with a growing surplus."
"One of their innovations was to plan a lifetime family career — together. Most of us well-meaningly want to support our partner and their careers. But thinking about two careers individually and then trying to marry them together is often a design challenge. Matthew and Kate started with designing a life, and retrofitted to identify careers that might deliver it. They devised a single vision for their couple — and the family they had just started. They thought of it as a team vision, like they might at work. What were their respective strengths, and their respective dreams? How could they use each other to guarantee the success of their broader vision, while minimizing some of the risks they might bump into along their road?"
"Thinking time is non-linear. The time you spend thinking – walking around a problem in a three-dimensional way and exploring all of the various perspectives and mental models – pays you back tenfold in the end. The problem for those who are shortsighted is that this time will appear as a negative for a while because it looks like nothing is getting done."
an interesting—and pessimistic?—prediction: due to the open-source nature of crypto, companies will copy the best tech out there for each problem. as a result, success in the crypto space will not be technological or product superiority, but network size and superior go-to-market strategies.
"Over the next few years, we’re going to see many teams get wiped out by competitors who literally steal all of the inventor’s technology. The hedonic treadmill that is capitalism dictates that this will happen. It’s going to be brutal."
“Almost all of our U.S. dollars, about 90 percent, are purely abstract — they literally do not exist in any tangible form. James Surowiecki reported in 2012 that “only about 10 percent of the U.S. money supply — about $1 trillion of the roughly $10 trillion total — exists in the form of paper cash and coins.” (The number now appears to be about $1.5 trillion out of $13.7 trillion.) There is nothing stopping our banking system from creating more dollars whenever the mood strikes. Of the $13.7 trillion in the M2 money supply as of October 2017, $13.5 trillion was created after 1959—or, to put it another way, M2 has expanded by almost 50 times.”
"But for too many dual career couples, even in an era of supposed equality, two individuals can end up competing for short-term trade-offs rather than cooperating for longer term, mutually beneficial gains. Couples end up negotiating, based on current realities, rather than pacing themselves for the long (and lengthening) haul. This translates into decisions based on who has the higher income, the assignment abroad, or the babies."