Tag: THINK

Readings for Lunch — [ 10 Jan 2018 ]

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Female expertise meets male confidence (source)

THINK

My #2018Liberation list

“I’ve stumbled upon a wonderful idea of instead of starting the year with setting numerous goals, focusing on what we’ll be letting go instead.”

UX

The art of error message

There’s an everyday type of failure that doesn’t get much attention in the product development process: the humble error message. What can we do to improve it?

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Sep 2017 ]

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The Uncomfortable – A collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani (source)

THINK

Lazy creative

Our brains are lazy. Well, that’s not exactly fair. Our brains are great at conserving energy.

But, the more constraints we are given, the more creative we get. The constraints knock us off of our lazy path to less creative and familiar solutions.

FRONT-END

Is there any value in people who cannot write JavaScript?

“Is there a place in the industry for people who just write css and html?” – Mandy Michael thoughts and considerations triggered by this question.

Also, Brad Frost on the same line of thought: Full-stack Developers

Readings for Lunch — [ 30 Aug 2017 ]

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Lee Valley Park by Stanislav Ignatenkov (source)

THINK

Just Following Orders

Engineers take note: doing your job does not mean that you just follow orders. The courts are going to hold you to a high ethical standard, even if your employer does not.

CSS

Intro to styled-components

A screencast by Jack Franklin with special guest Glen Maddern (co-creator of style components, one of the most used CSS-in-JS library). There's so much to learn seeing two great JS and CSS developers discuss and think loud on how they would write JSX code.

Readings for Lunch — [ 04 Jul 2017 ]

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Cross rail: cable management systems installed in Crossrail eastbound cavern (source)

DESIGN

Fantasies of the Future

One of my favourite talks at Patterns Day was Paul Robert Lloyd's one. Drawing a parallelism between Architecture (and its utopian visions like in Brasília) and Design Systems, he delivered a thought-provoking and moving talk about the failures of systems where "coherence" is the only metric, and the actual user needs are completely forgotten.

THINK

Guess Who Made Computers The Design Tools They Are Today? Women

How California designers Zuzana Licko, April Greiman, and Susan Kare influenced a generation of graphics.

Readings for Lunch — [ 21 Mar 2017 ]

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The Six Nations by Alastair Grant/AP

WEB

On Design Systems

“…or what I learned building them”.
A great presentation by Dominik Wilkowski on his experience working on the Westpac GEL system. A lot of good lessons and how he updated his process thanks to them.

THINK

Your subconscious, that monster

No, the fact that someone else treated people differently because of their sex, race, sexual orientation etc does not necessarily make them an entitled asshole, so stop crying “How can people be like that?” and asking for their head on a platter. Chances are they are just as unaware of their subconscious biases as you are.

Readings for Lunch — [ 16 Mar 2017 ]

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La Habana Vieja, Cuba (source)

PROGRAMMING

Project Torino

With this project, Microsoft aims to create a “physical” programming language, that can be inclusive of visually impaired children.

THINK

Battling Perfectionism

The problem with perfectionism is that trying to do things perfectly all the time often leads to worse prioritization decisions when you take a step back.

Readings for Lunch — [ 13 Feb 2017 ]

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“Stranger Things” winning at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles (source)

THINK

Successful Failure

No, it's not a contradiction. Maya Mansour explains why failure is an important part of the journey to succeed.

BIAS

McNamara fallacy

This fallacy involves making a decision based solely on quantitative observations (or metrics) and ignoring all others.

Readings for Lunch — [ 21 Dec 2016 ]

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THINK

Stretching Time

Through a combination of ‘Structured Procrastination’ and ‘Focused Finishing’ we can open our eyes to all of the opportunities in the world around us, whilst ensuring that we deliver our best work precisely when it’s required.

PRODUCT DESIGN

Best Idea Wins: Behind Product at Lyst

This was my favourite talk at the latest Jam Conference. Shaun Russell explains how they created an environment in which great ideas have real chances to flourish. My biggest takeaway? “Make feedback inevitable”.

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Nov 2016 ]

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The "Gypsy Girl" is in Zeugma Mosaic Museum – (View all the mosaics).

THINK

Let Us Now Praise Ordinary People

The explosive (as usual) talk that Mike Monteiro has given at the latest Beyond Tellerrand conf. About how we "design" to change the world (and all the bullshits connected with this illusion).

AI

Google AI invents its own cryptographic algorithm; no one knows how it works

Neural networks seem good at devising crypto methods; less good at codebreaking.

Readings for Lunch — [ 17 Oct 2016 ]

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Moscow parks by night.

THINK

Michelle Obama's EPIC Speech

A really impressive speech, delivered by one woman that has definitely changed – at least for me – how we look at women's potential and leadership in today's world.

STORIES

What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447

Two years after the Airbus 330 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, Air France 447's flight-data recorders finally turned up. The revelations from the pilot transcript paint a surprising picture of chaos in the cockpit that led to the crash.

Readings for Lunch — [ 09 Sep 2016 ]

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“Rockers at Manor House” from Bob Mazzer's Underground: Tube Photos From The 1980s – Exhibition in Spitalfields (source)

DESIGN

Style Guides, Pattern Libraries, Design Systems and other amenities.

The slides of the talk I have given yesterday at Digital Croydon, about what is a style guide, what is its value and the benefits of introducing one in a project.

THINK

Shipping vs. Learning

Personally I've found it pretty controversial, and despite being a strong advocate of putting the "learning" process at the core of a company ("Lean Startup" anyone?), I think he is mixing two completely different scopes of a business. That said, is certainly something to read and ponder about.

Readings for Lunch — [ 29 Jul 2016 ]

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Stunning cabin on a lake in Austria (source)

THINK

Don't fail: Succail

Mills from ustwo in a funny talk at CreativeMornings Sydney about “not succeeding or failing but succailing”. The story of the company (sort of, be ready to a lot of detours) told by one of his founders.

CSS

Flexbox adventures

Chris Wright explains the "flexbox" box model in a very simple (but also very clear) way. A very good introduction for a flex primer, but also good to revise what we already know.

Readings for Lunch — [ 25 Jul 2016 ]

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“Sham of the perfect – Revealing the beautiful reality of family” is a collective project that aims to present life, parenthood, families, childhood, and home as it actually is; full of flaws and full of beauty simultaneously. (source)

THINK

The Things We Own

“In November of last year my grandmother died. This is a story about the aftermath. This is a story about stuff.”
A story about loss and freedom.

DESIGN

Here are some of the ways I’ve fucked up as a designer

Nina Geometrieva bravely shares her “experiences” as designer when things didn't go… as expected.

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Jul 2016 ]

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“Decade” (source) – Very subtle… 🙂

THINK

Good decisions (and sunk costs)

An anonymous friend sends you two tickets for a Broadway show. Or, an anonymous friend sends you $2,000.
A interesting mental exercise, about value/cost and the decisions we take.

COPYWRITING

How to write Medium stories people will actually read

As a writer, you fight a war against indifference. You have to force people to care enough to click through to your story. You have to convince them to take a chance on you.

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Apr 2016 ]

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Abandoned Power Station by Cesar Azcarate (source)

THINK

Building a lever

If you want to move something, you need leverage — especially if you don’t have the implicit power to make the change.

RESOURCES

icon54

A wonderful set of 2100+ vector icons for iOS, Android, websites & apps. All in different formats and sizes, of course.

Readings for Lunch — [ 16 Dec 2015 ]

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People visiting BBC Food on desktop computers versus handheld devices (source)

THINK

The Cult of the Deadline

Deadlines are a useful thing, many organizations and people use them to set goals and achieve them in an effective and coordinated way. They help to deliver. But deadlines stick even when there are zero consequences for a deadline moving. Why?

DESIGN

Beyond the Style Guide

For my friend Fabio 🙂
Like for a Christmas cake, designing for the web involves creating an experience in layers: a solid base that provides the core experience (the fruit cake), then some refinement (the marzipan) and on top some delight (the icing).

Readings for Lunch — [ 26 Nov 2015 ]

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Cat toes. (source)

THINK

Quality is a variable

These are the slides of the fantastic keynote that James Higgs (Ustwo) gave last week at Codemotion Milano. And I don’t say fantastic ‘cause I invited him, I say it because it’s been an amazing talk.

FUN

XKCD 1608

Yesterday one of the most epic XKCD has killed the productivity of the whole world, with this massive mysterious game (spoiler: here the whole map).

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