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July 10, 2014
lindseyaustinson:

"If the user can’t use it, it doesn’t work." - Susan Dray
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lindseyaustinson:

"If the user can’t use it, it doesn’t work." - Susan Dray

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June 30, 2014
The difference between a Designer and Developer, when it comes to design skills, is the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it.
Scott Hanselman (via maxistentialist)
June 27, 2014
Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.
May 19, 2014

Big Ideas & Tricks

wilwheaton:

“Sometimes in meetings, I sense people seizing up, not wanting to even talk about changes, so I try to trick them. I’ll say, ‘This would be a big change if we were really going to do it, but just as a thought exercise, what if …’ Or, ‘I’m not actually suggesting this, but go with me for a minute …’ If people anticipate the production pressures, they’ll close the door to new ideas—so you have to pretend you’re not actually going to do anything, we’re just talking, just playing around. Then if you hit upon some new idea that clearly works, people are excited about it and are happier to act on the change. Another trick is to encourage people to play. Some of the best ideas come out of joking around, which only comes when you (or the boss) give yourself permission to do it. It can feel like a waste of time to watch YouTube videos or to tell stories of what happened last weekend, but it can actually be very productive in the long run. I’ve heard some people describe creativity as ‘unexpected connections between unrelated concepts or ideas.’ If that’s at all true, you have to be in a certain mindset to make those connections. So when I sense we’re getting nowhere, I just shut things down. We all go off to something else. Later, once the mood has shifted, I’ll attack the problem again.”

— Pixar director Pete Docter

(Source: maxistentialist)

May 6, 2014
The phone company gave birth to Unix. Now there is no phone company and Unix runs on your phone.
May 2, 2014
thisfeliciaday:

explore-blog:

Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull on failure and why fostering a fearless culture is the key to groundbreaking creative work – absolutely fantastic read.

Brilliant and so true.

thisfeliciaday:

explore-blog:

Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull on failure and why fostering a fearless culture is the key to groundbreaking creative work – absolutely fantastic read.

Brilliant and so true.

(via thecakeisalie)

March 27, 2014
March 21, 2014
Education is what people do to you, learning is what you do to yourself.
MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito at #TED2014. Pair with this excellent read on how to fuel the lifelong engine of learning beyond formal education.  (via explore-blog)

(via jenninsandiego)

March 19, 2014
March 4, 2014
alexob:

Green energy from the bottom of the sea
First we got wind turbines to generate energy and now it seems scientists have found a way to tap the energy force of waves….
The device, pictured above, involves two air chambers: as a wave passes over the top of the first chamber, the pressure inside increases, forcing air through a passageway to the second chamber. Inside the passageway is a turbine, so the passing air is actually what generates the electricity. As the wave continues on, it raises the pressure inside the second chamber, pushing the air back through the turbine — importantly, it is a bidirectional turbine — and back into the first chamber. Another wave, another cycle. Repeat.
Find out here how powerful this device can be.

alexob:

Green energy from the bottom of the sea

First we got wind turbines to generate energy and now it seems scientists have found a way to tap the energy force of waves….

The device, pictured above, involves two air chambers: as a wave passes over the top of the first chamber, the pressure inside increases, forcing air through a passageway to the second chamber. Inside the passageway is a turbine, so the passing air is actually what generates the electricity. As the wave continues on, it raises the pressure inside the second chamber, pushing the air back through the turbine — importantly, it is a bidirectional turbine — and back into the first chamber. Another wave, another cycle. Repeat.

Find out here how powerful this device can be.

March 2, 2014
March 1, 2014
When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don’t consider the bloody ROI.
Apple CEO Tim Cook • In a passionate rebuttal of a question during a shareholder meeting. The question, from a representative of the conservative think tank the National Center for Public Policy Research, questioned the company’s decision to go green and asked the company, point-blank, to only do things that improved the company’s ROI. (Short version: They are conservatives, and they are trolling.) Cook went further, adding: ”If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock.” (via shortformblog)
February 27, 2014
The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders.