“Research provides the inspiration, guidance, and validation we need to design great products. From the personal (like interviewing users) to the analytical (like metrics) there’s a continuum of research skills that are essential for design teams. The most effective companies integrate this discipline into their culture and make research a habit.”John Zeratsky (via jxnblk)
“Creative people are ones who are willing and able to metaphorically buy low and sell high in the realm of ideas. Buying low means pursuing ideas that are unknown or out of favor, but that have growth potential. Often, when these ideas are first presented, they encounter resistance. The creative individual persists in the face of this resistance, and eventually sells high, moving on to the next new, or unpopular, idea. In other words, such an individual acquires the creativity habit.”http://www4.ncsu.edu/~jlnietfe/Creativity_&_Critical_Thinking_Articles_files/Sternberg%20(2012).pdf (via cdixon)
“The Internet likes snacks – simple, focused products that capture an atomic behavior and become compound only by linking in and out to other services. This has become even more so with the shift to mobile. People check their phones frequently, in short bursts, looking for nuggets of information.”The Internet is for snacking - Chris Dixon (via adamkatz)
“But I’m cautious of applying the word ‘just’ to anything Apple does”
i enjoy Benedict’s analysis and his writing
“Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.”
I also like “do not depend on a partial feelings” and “do not hold on to possessions you no longer need”.
“It’s really important to view your life as an entrepreneur as a long journey that consists of many short-term cycles.”Brad Feld, On Not Mourning Your Failures & Overcoming Burn-Out (via jonathanmoore)
“You have to design apps for the way people are, not the way they wish they were.”Roelof Botha (via jonathanmoore)
“Right now, there are brilliant students from all over the world sitting in classrooms at our top universities. They’re earning degrees in the fields of the future, like engineering and computer science. But once they finish school, once they earn that diploma, there’s a good chance they’ll have to leave our country. Think about that.
Intel was started with the help of an immigrant who studied here and then stayed here. Instagram was started with the help of an immigrant who studied here and then stayed here. Right now in one of those classrooms, there’s a student wrestling with how to turn their big idea—their Intel or Instagram—into a big business. We’re giving them all the skills they need to figure that out, but then we’re going to turn around and tell them to start that business and create those jobs in China or India or Mexico or someplace else? That’s not how you grow new industries in America. That’s how you give new industries to our competitors. That’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.”
President Obama in Nevada today, laying out a four-part plan for comprehensive immigration reform
Update: We’ve written a complementary post that goes into more depth. Read this first and then check out Rails in Realtime, Part 2.
The phrase “realtime” is thrown around about as much as “local” and “disruptive” these days, so the phrase is often ambiguous. For the purposes of this post, a “realtime” app is the following: page refreshes are not required to see the most up-to-date state of information and new information is communicated in tens of milliseconds instead of hundreds or thousands.
This blog post will cover some of the patterns that we use to allow LayerVault customers to never worry about pressing ⌘R. This is all done by using vanilla