Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Dogs and Apples
There’s an odd sentiment among nerds that Steve Jobs (and the fine people at Apple) hate buttons. I have a different theory: they absolutely love buttons.
Would you say to someone, 'Wow, you must hate dogs. You only have one. You enjoy his company and playing with him, but seriously, only one? What do you have against dogs?'.
Perhaps a towform design checkpoint should be asking the question, "How would Arlo feel if he had xx more dogs sleeping in his favorite spot?"
Sunday, June 13, 2010
And the girl doesn't make things any worse...
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Five things Old Media Still Don't Get About the Web
Here's an excerpt from "Five Things Old Media Still Don't Get About the Web." Read the full article here.
"Earlier this week, the New York Times company forced the iPad Pulse News Reader app to be pulled from the App Store. The reason? It took the Times’ RSS feed and put it inside its own app.
To be clear, the RSS feed in question was a headline, a one-sentence introduction and a link to the full story on the NYT site. That’s it. Worse? Steve Jobs highlighted the app earlier during his WWDC keynote – and the NYT itself wrote a glowing review of the app just a few days before.
As mystifying as the move seems from the outside, it’s yet another sign that established old media entities are still really struggling to understand the web. Time and time again, it feels as if old media companies, rather than embracing the massive potential of the web, seem to shoot themselves in the foot.So consider this a public service. For all those people out there working in established media, here are five things you still don’t seem to get about the web"
Creativity and Generosity in the Internet Age
Shirky's hypothesis is that a lot of the 20th century stuff we used to take for granted -- most people didn't want to create media, people didn't value homemade and amateur productions, no one would pitch in to create something for others to enjoy unless they were being paid -- weren't immutable laws of nature, but accidents of history. The Internet has undone those accidents, by making it possible for more people to make and do cool stuff, especially together."
Towform, of course, an example of the scope of this insight. :) More, here.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Uproar over Anti-Flash Intro Survey Results
Quote from Macromedia employee (pre-Adobe buyout) on website Flash intros:
"When we have clients who are thinking about Flash splash pages, we tell them to go to their local supermarket and bring a mime with them. Have the mime stand in front of the supermarket, and, as each customer tries to enter, do a little show that lasts two minutes, welcoming them to the supermarket and trying to explain the bread is on aisle six and milk is on sale today.
"Then stand back and count how many people watch the mime, how many people get past the mime as quickly as possible, and how many people punch the mime out.
"That should give you a good idea as to how well their splash page will be received. That's the crux of it."
What Your Email Address Says About Your Computer Skills
(via The Oatmeal)