Only chance can bring together new combinations in a way that is revolutionary....– Emmet Gowin (via mysteriesmanners)
Artefact: To Work or Not to Work... From Home →
One of the smarter, level-headed responses to the recent Yahoo! “no more working from home” edict comes from Artefact. A few principles they perceive on working remotely: WFH Fails When Collaboration Is Key WFH Fails When Trust Is Scarce WFH Fails When Workers Don’t Really Know Each Other (related to lack of trust) WFH Works When Tools Support It (we’re lucky in this at...
Smarties hailing from different backgrounds (and/or with different ways of...– Collaborative Diversity | D. Keith Robinson
It’s complex, it’s subtle, it defies explanation but it’s not magic. It’s a...– Why doesn’t anybody copy Apple? | asymco
OXO, Crooks and Robbers...? →
Unfairly attacked by a competitor? Here’s the textbook on how to respond. OXO vs Quirky.
For a coherent strategy to work, then, the organization executing it must be...– One Strategy, One P&L | Rampant Innovation Organizational design has a direct and significant impact on customer experience. How many companies’ holistic experience is hamstrung by internal competition and slloed thinking? Contradictory business unit incentives and goals make a unified...
Tenth Grade Tech Trends →
Josh Miller at Branch talks to his 15-year-old sister about how she and her friends use various social services like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.
If all you do is repeat what you know works, there is absolutely no space for...– Christian Haas via: ‘Big Data’ Needs Intuition, Says Goodby ECD Christian Haas (via paulisakson)
there are now four technology companies that truly matter to people: Apple,...– Why We’re Not At The Biggest Tech Show In The World
Everything is not equally good →
David, 37signals.com When talking shop, there’s a natural tendency to avoid the drama of confrontation by relegating all disputes to Your Mileage May Vary. If we can declare all approaches and techniques to be of value only “under certain circumstances”, then we can…
Creativity and innovation are something you can’t flowchart out. Some things you...– Tim Cook Interview - Bloomberg
Implementing ideas with a high level of polish is really hard. The whole...– Students, Ideas & Prototyping — Playpen
Your Brand Should Piss Someone Off →
parislemon: Austin McGhie for Fast Company: Polarization is good. Traveling the middle road, as broad and tempting as it may be, is always and unequivocally bad. Like people, brands are defined by the company they keep. But they’re also defined by the company they don’t keep. The same is true of writing. Everyone has their opinions. Embrace them. You may not piss anyone off if you don’t,...
Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they...– From Neil Gaiman’s rules for writing. This struck me as great advice for how to handle consumer research as well, for product development or marketing or what have you.
Quipsologies: Vol. 69 | No. 64 →
UnderConsideration LLC, underconsideration.com also by underconsideration UnderConsideration is a graphic design enterprise that runs a network of blogs, publishes books, organizes live events, and designs for clients. online Brand New / Displaying opinions, and focusin… A simple idea, beautifully executed.
Cameron Moll / Designer, Speaker, Author:... →
cameronmoll: Inspired by a talk I gave at dConstruct 2007, Remy Sharp has developed a simple extension for Chrome that applies a CSS-based blur to any web page. This is helpful for conducting a quick “hierarchy squint test” on work in progress. (More about that.) Download the Chrome extension here.
explore-blog: “Artists and salespeople are fundamentally different people. It’s the nature of being an artist to be always consumed with doubt. That’s the nature that fuels your exploration. And it’s the nature of the salesperson to suppress all doubt and to speak in exclamation points. Now those functions have to exist in the same person.” Generation Sell – a provocative Creative Mornings talk...
Considering the near future, it’s safe to expect a “parity” of iOS OS X vs. Windows within one or two years. The install base may remain larger for some time longer but the sales rate of alternatives will swamp it in due course. The consequences are dire for Microsoft. The wiping out of any platform advantage around Windows will render it vulnerable to direct competition. This is not something it...
I have confirmed with my own eyes that the Internet is many things, in many...– ‘Tubes,’ by Andrew Blum, Explores Physical Reality of the Web - NYTimes.com
Each partner created posters for two or three different years, and the only...– Forty Posters for Forty Years | New at Pentagram
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant....– Albert Einstein
Writing appears more forgiving because there is no compiler or interpreter...– Rands In Repose: Please Learn to Write
Great Businesses Don’t Start With a Plan →
designinfo: “You want to start a business. So you need a plan, right? No. Not really. As part of the research for a book I’m co-authoring — Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck, due out in August from HBR Press — my colleagues and I interviewed and surveyed hundreds of successful entrepreneurs around the globe to better understand what it takes to be an entrepreneur and build a really great business....
kottke.org: How Yahoo killed Flickr →
jkottke: From Mat Honan at Gizmodo, an account of how Yahoo bought Flickr and then frittered away all its potential. Because Flickr wasn’t as profitable as some of the other bigger properties, like Yahoo Mail or Yahoo Sports, it wasn’t given the resources that were dedicated to other products. That…
James Victore, Q&A Tuesday →
James Victore answers viewer questions every Tuesday. This one is about regrets, but its really about priorities. Get your priorities straight, no regrets.