A round up of interesting stuff.
If you live in Oregon, New York or New Jersey and work for yourself you'll be happy to hear this. It seems many of you in Oregon will be "Portland ranks 5th with its share of self-employment among the top metropolitan areas"
This article by Saha Pasulka is an awesome, well informed, educational rant about the need for startups to use marketers and implement smart marketing strategies if they want to succeed as a business. It has some similarities to my rant this morning about the role of design in tech startups. Are we (non-developers/engineer types) bitter or do we just want to help?
For me it's about only putting good stuff out as a baseline then there is our legacy. I'm invested and passionate about the legacy and impact of this time in history. I want us as a tech/creative community to get together and do the best work possible and not be remembered as the generation that didn't quite do it.
Know what I mean?
This is the front page of a new webservice. I will not be going any further.
I will not be a user of this product (for now).
I saw a promotion for the service in a newsletter and I was interested. I clicked over. I saw that I'd have to log in to check it out. That's cool. If I want to check something out online I'm not discouraged by a log in gate, I can always delete my account and I'm happy to engage with the company in they way they need in order to provide the service they spent so much time and money creating, especially if it's free.
Today I will not be doing this because the visual design of this page is terrible.
A few interesting things from around the web.
After reading these articles A Simple Suggestion to Help Phase Out All-Male Panels at Tech Conferences and The Panel Pledge: A Follow-Up, I thought I would jot down some of my observations on the topic. The articles (and the robust comment threads) address the role of conference organizers and participants, I think there are some other contributors to this sad sad state of affairs.
La la love this concise case study from Bassett & Partners. In six sentences they make one of the most compelling illustrative arguments for doing design research I have ever read. I'm going to use this as an educational tool in the future.
"We took the design team down to LA on a market immersion trip, hitting high schools, colleges, street courts and even a Midnight Madness Tournament in South Central where Paul Pierce randomly showed up
So Instagram came out with new policies that are making everyone freak out. Some people are leaving the platform and news outlets are making statements like this.
.. the only way to stop Instagram from using your pics is by killing off your account. However, for those who enjoy a world of filtered mobile pics, there are several alternatives including Hipstamatic and Twitter. - Freep.com
This statement highlights something that is really really bugging me. Our online communities seem to hold zero acknowledged value within society and there for are continually falling victim to both the unregulated policy shifts of platform owners and the flippant disregard of the media.
I got a new computer a couple weeks ago and as part of the set up I had to make that age old decision, which browser to use.
Of course I download Firefox and Chrome so I have all three, but which one am I going to commit to this time. Which one will I stock up with all my cookies, auto-fills, saved passwords, usage history and bookmarks?
I recently participated in the creative and intelectual exercise known as GOOD Ideas for Cities a program of GOOD magazine.
A handful of creative teams were selected to work with local city agencies and organizations to tackle some of the issues theses groups are currently working on and struggling with. I was extremely attracted to the idea of using some of the brain power and talent of our creative industry to think about the topics that our local agency's demed in need of attention.
This projects is one that I will always be proud of. Working with local companies is always exciting. Working with my city's art museum was a dream come true.
We started by conducted a large discovery phase including a day long workshop with all of the museum department heads, a humbling tasking working with such smart and creative people, but an wonderful opportunity to have access to everyone who has a stake not only in the website but the museum as a whole. We discussed all of the varied needs and goals of the museum and in the end were able to arrive at a set of very actionable goals for the site.