An interesting read about how Basecamp acquired hey.com for their email product. They don’t reveal the sum they paid, but guesses are invited, so I’m throwing my reckoning of $500,000. Whatever it cost in the end though, I bet it was a tense and niggly 18 months. It resonates particularly with me today, after spending yet more… Continue reading Buying domain names for daydream projects: The big money edition
I finally updated my phone. The old iPhone 7 had a damn good 5-year stint, and hobbled across the line with a tired battery, a broken microphone (an issue that plagued the iPhone 7, so I read), and a case with all its silicone worn off. Worst of all, in the last weeks, the glass… Continue reading Browser Tab Amnesty #2
As each new generation inherits the world, vital knowledge is forgotten. Richard Fisher explores the language that has emerged to describe that phenomenon. — Read at BBC Future I’ve had this thought a number of times over the years. It’s always felt more to me like a generational dementia though, which in turn, feels like… Continue reading Generational amnesia: The memory loss that harms the planet
Collected hyperlinkable references from Teams, Friday 13 November 2020, with Kingston School of Art, BA Graphic Design Level 6. Shared here in blog post form, in my own little push, to the platform of presenting and following up on a lecture.* It’s Mice ThatA record from the day that mice took over It’s Nice That.… Continue reading Push the Platform lecture links
TL;DR. Please share with me, your recommendations for sources of insight and inspiration in the (broad) world of UX**, for people that aren’t into it yet, but that want to be. Think about the little details though, not just classic beginner books. What are the niche little resources that you perhaps take for granted? Essential… Continue reading Getting started in, and keeping up with the world of UX
This article about the importance of repair, and a possibly emerging trend toward a celebration of maintenance (see Festival of Maintenance) has aligned with a few other philosophies on my mind of late. Firstly, Kintsugi: … the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum… As a philosophy,… Continue reading Repair is as important as innovation
I previously tweeted this link, but adding here for reference. Shh! Don’t Tell Them There’s No Magic In Design Thinking by Jared Spool, is a wonderfully level headed read on the topic of “Design Thinking”. To those of us who’ve been doing this for a long time, design thinking doesn’t mean anything new. But it also doesn’t… Continue reading Design Thinking is a reframing of design
I was sure that I’d posted about this before, but apparently not. The Box that Changed Britain (which can currently be seen on YouTube) is BBC 4 documentary about the shipping container. Poet Roger McGough narrates the extraordinary story of how a simple invention – the shipping container – changed the world forever and forced Britain… Continue reading The Box That Changed Britain (and the world)
The people at growthrock.co have shared their AB test and results for work on the kotn.com website. A really great and simple example of what AB testing is, and how useful / insightful it can be. Add to The $300 Million Button classic for future case studies.
Just on the phone with Virgin Media, and heard the hold music (Opus No. 1, by Tim Carleton and Darrick Deel) that was reported on in the Stuck in the Middle episode of This American Life. Cisco have an article about it now as well. And once again, it’s now my earworm.