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Hacking Small Town Texas Transit
The challenges in digitizing a small Texas town's bus schedule and stop information.
data  Texas  software  inspiration 
may 2011 by andrewspittle
Making Money
Jason Fried writes about how to get really good at making money.
business  inspiration  money  IncMagazine  JasonFried 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
A Hard Thing is Done by Figuring Out How to Start
"We’re addicted quick fixes, top ten lists, and four-hour work weeks, but the truth is - if it wasn’t hard, everyone would be doing it and a hard thing is never done by reading a list or a book or an article about doing it. A hard thing is done by figuring out how to start."
inspiration  productivity  Rands 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
Great Expectations
Shawn Blanc kicks off his first day as a full time writer.
inspiration  writing  ShawnBlanc  blogging 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
lab | simurai
Really cool CSS3 and HTML5 experiments.
design  inspiration  code 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
Can a complete novice become a golf pro with 10,000 hours of practice?
Dan is totally crazy but in a way I have go to admire. 10,000 hours to becoming a pro golfer would be a pretty stellar accomplishment.
golf  inspiration  sports 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
Join Forces like Voltron
You can learn a lot by being part of an awesome team.
startups  work  inspiration 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
The New Toolkit
Mobiles give us a legitimate connection to nearly every human on earth. Landlines could only give us connections to places.
mobile  MarkPesce  thinking  inspiration 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
Build something or STFU
"So, memo to journo-bloggers: Less talk, more walk. Build something or STFU. When that urge to run to Wordpress so you can tell us your thoughts on paid content or aggregation or community strikes you, stop yourself and spend that time actually creating something that does what you say."
innovation  inspiration  journalism  MattWaite 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
Velocity
"Things are not as they should be. And yet, it feels as if we are all in the right place."
inspiration  travel  writing  FrankChimero 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
Writing a Menulet Extension
Basics on writing a menulet extension on Mac OS X.
Apple  code  software  inspiration 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
You Are What You Eat
"If I want to get hired to do something, I should already be doing it. People can’t always see potential energy. Instead of allowing a current job description to stand in the way, turn off the Scrubs re-runs and start a side-project. Draw a picture, code a site, or write something and share it with the internet."
business  design  inspiration  work  TrentWalton 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
The Noise
"These habits are designed to create unexpected moments with Signal. Each moment with Signal is a moment that you’re killing the Noise and they exist so you remember what it feels like to care rather than just do."
inspiration  management  work  Rands  writing  productivity 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
Explanations Worth Reading
Khoi Vinh writes about the use of instructional screens in web apps.
software  webapps  inspiration  KhoiVinh  design 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
Delegate or die: the self-employed trap.
Or, how to stay sane and manage a startup effectively without having to make every decision.
business  inspiration  management  DerekSivers  startups 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Why I’m Stopping Out Of Stanford and Applying For The Thiel 20 Under 20 Fellowship
Max Marmer explains why he is leaving Stanford to pursue a fellowship with Peter Thiel.
MaxMarmer  inspiration  education  startups 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Behind the scenes: 37signals.com Redesign
A fascinating behind the scenes look at the redesign of 37signals.com.
design  inspiration  37Signals 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Style versus design
"I worry about the medium, because not enough designers are working in that vast middle ground between eye candy and hardcore usability where most of the web must be built. And there are fewer and fewer incentives for web designers to toil in these fields, since this type of work pleases web users but wins absolutely no recognition from the industry, aside from a paycheck."
design  JeffreyZeldman  writing  inspiration 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
3 News Foo themes that continue to resonate
"Long-form content, the importance of context, and rebuilding trust emerged as important topics at the first News Foo."
journalism  oreilly  inspiration 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
The Internet Changes Nothing
Not sure I buy the argument but here's one case for why the internet does not change anything.
inspiration  society 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Does journalism work?
"Journalism without effect does not deserve the special place in democracy that it tries to claim."
information  journalism  inspiration  JonathanStray 
december 2010 by andrewspittle
Seven Precious Books
Rands' seven precious books and what they mean to him.
books  design  writing  inspiration  Rands 
december 2010 by andrewspittle
Video: How to write 1000 words
Time lapse video of writing 1000 words from Scott Berkun.
ScottBerkun  writing  video  inspiration 
december 2010 by andrewspittle
The Two Best Things on the Web 2010
Frank Chimero shares his two favorite things about the web from 2010. Both look like keepers.
FrankChimero  reading  inspiration 
december 2010 by andrewspittle
Parallel between newspapers and education: Supply and demand
"Sound familiar? That’s exactly what newspaper companies have been like. Now they face competition from startups that can build new products faster than they can because they’re technology companies at the core."
danielbachhuber  education  journalism  software  inspiration 
december 2010 by andrewspittle
Is "Undesigned" the Next Great Web Trend? Fat Chance
"Digital design isn't fading, but it is changing: to keep pace with evolving technology, to drive new economics, to satisfy users' dynamic desires."
design  inspiration 
december 2010 by andrewspittle
Another round of lessons learned from our new team-based way of working
37signals provides some insight into how they group model of work has been going.
37signals  business  inspiration  design 
november 2010 by andrewspittle
Iterations, a new internal app for managing what we work on next
"We recently created a new internal app called Iterations to answer that question. It’s for 1) managing our internal requests about which features/bugs to work on next and 2) helps us create teams/iterations to get them done (using our team-based way of working)."
design  inspiration  37signals 
november 2010 by andrewspittle
The Glass Box And The Commonplace Book
"The tradition of the commonplace book contains a central tension between order and chaos, between the desire for methodical arrangement, and the desire for surprising new links of association."
books  history  reading  learning  inspiration 
november 2010 by andrewspittle
Say No To Others, Say No To Yourself
"It takes 10,000 hours of focused practice to develop world-class mastery. If you want that, you must say yes to the focus and isolation of your work, banning distractions."
productivity  software  inspiration 
november 2010 by andrewspittle
When I’m Sixty-Four
"The future is connected in a way we could not conceive of a generation ago, in a way that our great-great-grandparents would consider unremarkable. We’re returning to an old place, but with new tools, and that combination will change everything, whether or not we see it coming, whether or not we want it to come."
markpesce  inspiration  information  knowledgesystems 
november 2010 by andrewspittle
An Unexpected Connection
"The art of the connection is the end result of a nerd’s highly obsessive due diligence performed on anything that falls into the relevant bucket."
rands  writing  learning  inspiration 
november 2010 by andrewspittle
Improving Your Process: Work from the Inside Out
"For a long time I’ve had the opinion that it’s more important to both design and develop websites from the inside out. That is to say, I prefer to begin with the most generic possible interior page and work my way to the home page."
design  ui  ux  inspiration 
october 2010 by andrewspittle
Typographic Maps
Typographic city maps of Chicago and Boston.
design  inspiration  typography 
october 2010 by andrewspittle
"Broken Meetings (and how you'll fix them)"
Merlin Mann talking about meeting culture and how to avoid it while also making sure you're having good meetings.
merlinmann  productivity  video  inspiration  business 
october 2010 by andrewspittle
The first step is to start
"The truth is that you don’t need learn anything new in order to begin. The most important thing is simply to start."
inspiration  learning  37signals 
september 2010 by andrewspittle
Design does not equal client work...
Frank Chimero's advice about what constitutes design.
frankchimero  design  education  inspiration 
august 2010 by andrewspittle
ikea hacker: TV shelf with door stoppers for legs
Really interesting, and cheap, way to create a monitor shelf using an Ikea shelf and door stoppers.
diy  furniture  inspiration 
august 2010 by andrewspittle
Helicopter Lessons
"Leah’s child will grow up in a world which has begun to fetishize human connection."
markpesce  writing  society  inspiration 
july 2010 by andrewspittle
Nighthawks
Great story about a painting and the thinking it inspires.
frankchimero  inspiration  writing 
july 2010 by andrewspittle
Holiday
Frank Chimero discusses the difficulties of doing client work and why he's taking a brief holiday from that type of design.
design  inspiration  frankchimero 
july 2010 by andrewspittle
Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs
Cameron Herold discusses why schools and society at large should be raising kids to think like entrepreneurs.
business  education  inspiration  TED  startups 
july 2010 by andrewspittle
Hyperconnected Health
The immense potential of a hyper-connected health system.
inspiration  health  lifestyle  society 
june 2010 by andrewspittle
How To Save A Newsweekly in 5 Easy* Steps
"Newsweek is for sale. While sad, it’s also an amazing opportunity to reinvent what a newsweekly could be. And it got me thinking."
journalism  publishing  writing  inspiration 
may 2010 by andrewspittle
Interview with "Linchpin" author, Seth Godin
Merlin Mann interviews Seth Godin about his new book "Linchpin" and the idea of "The Lizard Brain."
MerlinMann  SethGodin  inspiration  interview 
april 2010 by andrewspittle
Pixelmatrix Design
An Portland-based web design firm that has a really well-done and clearly presented site. Good combination of design work and ongoing projects.
CSS  design  inspiration 
march 2010 by andrewspittle
Lion Burger | Rare web apps, well done
A minimal example of a design company's site. Strong typography and simple navigation are good examples of clarity.
design  CSS  inspiration  webapps 
march 2010 by andrewspittle
Simple, Wall-mounted Desk
A great example of a wall mounted desk. Would be good to keep in mind for when I build my own.
desk  furniture  diy  inspiration 
march 2010 by andrewspittle

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