Mount Everest Is a Sh*tty Therapist
There’s no form of ‘you’ hiding in Paris or Cape Town or the Himalayas waiting for you to find them.
the-daily-beast  everest  therapy 
3 days ago
Madonna Re-Creates Herself - Again - The New York Times
''Art should be controversial, and that's all there is to it,'' Madonna declared, reiterating the philosophy behind many of her videos
madonna  nytimes 
4 days ago
To Be or Not to Be a Buckeye, That's the Question for Local Phenom Zach Harrison | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Before he makes his announcement, Harrison wants to call the coaches of the programs he does not select—whoever those coaches might be—and tell them how thankful he was that they recruited him.

Then, he will make his announcement. No major press conference. No hat ceremony. No drama.

Whether he chooses Ohio State or decides it's time to leave home, Harrison will pass along his decision on Twitter. And those fortunate enough to have cracked the inner circle will know before everyone else.
zach-harrison  penn-state  bleacher-report 
7 days ago
A No-Bull Guide To Surviving Pamplona From Runners Who Almost Didn’t
Every year the five-minute thrill leaves dozens injured with fractures, horns to the torso, and anal fissures—plus giant medical bills and rehab for life.
pamplona  slapdick  running-of-the-bulls  the-daily-beast 
7 days ago
Gwyneth, Ivanka, and the End of the Effortless White Woman
Women are increasingly rejecting the idea that they can follow their bliss into having it all
medium  goop 
8 days ago
Is Agile the Enemy (of Good Design)?
It is all about “ship, ship, ship”. We don’t pivot. We don’t refine. The product owner just wants to mark it done in Jira. The MVPs are an excuse to get crappy stuff out the door. I guarantee that if I am methodical with my prototype testing, I can come up with something better because I will expose it to users. Not AS great as doing it the perfect Agile way, but better than nothing.
agile  uxmedium 
12 days ago
The different lenses of Design Operations – Amplify Design – Medium
I’d like to share some of my recent thoughts about DesignOps, especially as I transition from planning the program for Enterprise UX to planning for DesignOps Summit
designops  medium 
12 days ago
What is design operations and why should you care? | LinkedIn
Be as intentional in your design and execution of your design operations as you would about any other part of your organization that you expect to gain value from.
designops  linkedin 
12 days ago
Defining Design Systems – EightShapes – Medium
Getting to the Root of What Your System Really Is
design-system  medium 
12 days ago
Creating a culture of design – Design at IBM – Medium
Some reflections on the culture I’ve experienced at IBM Design.
culture  ux  ibm  medium 
12 days ago
Feedback Equation Worksheet - Google Docs
Good feedback is specific, actionable, and helps the other person grow.
feedback  lara-hogan 
12 days ago
Designing a complex table for mobile consumption (nom)
When faced with overwhelming content, focusing on user behavior can help define the design approach.
mobile  ux  table  medium 
12 days ago
Not a hotdog - how to build an AI powered plugin for Sketch 🌭
What would you say if I told you there is a sketch plugin on the market that tell you if your sketch layer is a hotdog or not a hotdog. It is very good and I do not want to work on it any more.
sketchapp  plugin  medium 
16 days ago
You don't need more ideas, you should talk about DesignOps.
Your organization may need new ideas, but it's more likely that the inability to move forward with the existing ideas can be far more impactful than generating new ones.
designops  medium 
16 days ago
Healthcare.gov: Code Developed by the People and for the People, Released Back to the People - The Atlantic
This new flagship federal .gov website is "open by design, open by default." That's a huge win for the American people.
healthcaredotgov  open-source 
19 days ago
In Praise of Being Washed | GQ
Has a life of ambition and striving gotten the best of you? Do you sometimes wish you could give up a little—stop chasing so many pointless goals you probably won’t hit anyway? It’s time you got washed.
gq  washed  dad 
19 days ago
The Spy Who Drove Me | GQ
Last week, as America’s top national security experts convened in Aspen, a strangely inquisitive Uber driver showed up, too. And caused a minor freak-out. Was the mystery woman some kind of covert agent—or simply a figment of these hyper-paranoid times?
gq  spy  uber 
19 days ago
Progressive Web Apps 101: the What, Why and How – freeCodeCamp
A Progressive Web App (PWA) lets you install the application from the browser window itself, is available on your phone like a native app, and works offline, just like a native app.
But what does it really mean for a web app to be progressive? Let’s take a deeper dive into what progressive web apps are, why I think they’re better than native apps, and what makes them different from traditional web apps.
PWA  medium 
24 days ago
Mini-Stories: Volume 4 - Page 2 of 5 - 99% Invisible
Alarms being overpowering is a big problem — if they are so obnoxious that people tune them out or turn them off, they aren’t effective.
99%invisible  sound-design  audio  alarm-fatigue 
26 days ago
The hospital of the future will sound much different than it does today, and that's good for patient health — Quartz
Some hospitals were found to have noise over 100 decibels at night, which is as loud as a chainsaw.
healthcare  audio  sound-design  quartz 
26 days ago
What if a Study Showed Opioids Weren’t Usually Needed? - The New York Times
‘Pragmatic trials’ differ from most research studies by focusing on effects in the real world.
opioids  nytimes 
26 days ago
Billy Joel, in Conversation
The superstar on his songwriting silence, the country today, and his ideal farewell.
billy-joel  vulture 
27 days ago
Painless Functional Specifications – Part 2: What’s a Spec? – Joel on Software
When you design a product, inside and out, the most important thing is to nail down the user experience. What are the screens, how do they work, what do they do. Later, you worry about how to get from here to there. There’s no use arguing about what programming language to use before you’ve decided what your product is going to do. In this series, I’m only talking about functional specifications.
documentation  software  joel-spolsky  spec 
28 days ago
Painless Functional Specifications – Part 4: Tips – Joel on Software
At your typical big, bureaucratic company, everybody spends months and months writing boring specs. Once the spec is done, it goes up on the shelf, never to be taken down again, and the product is implemented from scratch without any regard to what the spec said, because nobody read the spec, because it was so dang mind-numbing. The very process of writing the spec might have been a good exercise, because it forced everyone, at least, to think over the issues. But the fact that the spec was shelved (unread and unloved) when it was completed makes people feel like it was all a bunch of work for naught.
software  joel-spolsky  spec 
28 days ago
Painless Functional Specifications – Part 1: Why Bother? – Joel on Software
failing to write a spec is the single biggest unnecessary risk you take in a software project. It’s as stupid as setting off to cross the Mojave desert with just the clothes on your back, hoping to “wing it.” Programmers and software engineers who dive into code without writing a spec tend to think they’re cool gunslingers, shooting from the hip. They’re not. They are terribly unproductive. They write bad code and produce shoddy software, and they threaten their projects by taking giant risks which are completely uncalled for.
documentation  software  joel-spolsky  spec 
28 days ago
Web Architecture 101 – VideoBlocks Product & Engineering
The basic architecture concepts I wish I knew when I was getting started as a web developer
software-architecture  medium 
28 days ago
Sketching in the Browser – SEEK blog – Medium
Designers and developers continue to work in entirely different mediums. As a result, without constant, manual effort to keep them in sync, our code and design assets are constantly drifting further and further apart.
design-system  react  medium 
28 days ago
Re-Examining How To Be a Man – George Hahn
As men – specifically American men – we’re supposed to want more: more money, more food, more car, more square footage, more stuff. I think the messages that bombard us confuse “bounty” and “success” with “excess.” Before we know it, when it’s time to move out of that last house, we realize we’ve become virtual lint rollers who’ve unconsciously accumulated more and more bullshit over the years.
manhood  gender-roles 
28 days ago
Controlling Your Environment Makes You Happy – Joel on Software
A user interface is well-designed when the program behaves exactly how the user thought it would.
joel-spolsky  ui-design  ui  design 
4 weeks ago
The Ideological Turing Test: How to Be Less Wrong – The Polymath Project – Medium
If you want to be right all the time, go be an accountant. The rest of us — paleontologists, internet dating specialists, serial entrepreneurs (read: homeless millenials), policymakers, and scholars of Japanese religions — will just have to get used to being wrong.
4 weeks ago
How to write a good software design doc – freeCodeCamp
As a software engineer, I spend a lot of time reading and writing design documents. After having gone through hundreds of these docs, I’ve seen first hand a strong correlation between good design docs and the ultimate success of the project.
documentation  medium  freecodecamp  design-docs 
4 weeks ago
How to effectively scope your software projects – freeCodeCamp
Since starting my career as a software engineer, I’ve learned that scoping is one of the hardest things to get right. Unfortunately, CS programs in universities don’t really teach you how to scope projects. So here’s my attempt at consolidating what I’ve learned on this topic.
scoping  estimating  freecodecamp  medium 
4 weeks ago
Joe Moorhead explains what makes the Mississippi State offense so dangerous - SBNation.com
Joe Moorhead’s offensive system is all the proof you need that he can thrive in Starkville and take on the SEC West.
joe-moorhead  sbnation 
4 weeks ago
Is Penn State football the next Clemson? - SBNation.com
Three ways James Franklin’s arc looks similar to that of Dabo Swinney.
penn-state  clemson  sbnation 
5 weeks ago
7 tips to help build a culture of feedback – Know Your Company Blog
Beer taps and foosball tables aren’t signs of a strong company culture — honest communication and rigorous + respectful debate are. Here’s how to build a culture of the latter.
feedback  medium 
5 weeks ago
As More New Dads Get Paternity Leave, Companies Push Them to Take It - WSJ
At some companies, new fathers get advice from older colleagues to take their full paid leave; ‘If you don’t take it, it’s borderline idiotic,’ one manager said
wsj  paternity-leave 
5 weeks ago
Embedding Product Design in a Large Agile Organization
athenahealth provides network-enabled services for healthcare and point-of-care mobile apps to drive clinical and financial results for its hospital and ambulatory clients — we employ 85+ designers globally to support those efforts
agile  designops  medium  athenahealth  scrum 
5 weeks ago
How we approach DesignOps at athenahealth – athenahealth design – Medium
We use a “systems-first” approach to scale design and research to support 200+ scrum teams in researching, designing, building, and testing user experiences.
designops  athenahealth  jen-cardello  medium 
5 weeks ago
Establishing a “Design Quality” metric to build design credibility
In operationally-minded organizations, numbers reign supreme. How can design play the quantification game?
jen-cardello  athenahealth  medium  design-metrics  metrics  design-quality  heuristic  measuring-design 
5 weeks ago
Heuristic Evaluation: How-To: Article by Jakob Nielsen
Summary: Heuristic evaluation involves having a small set of evaluators examine the interface and judge its compliance with recognized usability principles (the "heuristics").
usability  nng  jakob-nielsen  heuristic 
5 weeks ago
10 Heuristics for User Interface Design: Article by Jakob Nielsen
Summary: Jakob Nielsen's 10 general principles for interaction design. They are called "heuristics" because they are broad rules of thumb and not specific usability guidelines.
usability  heuristic  ing  jakob-nielsen 
5 weeks ago
Empathy vs Sympathy - Difference and Comparison | Diffen
Empathy is the ability to experience the feelings of another person. It goes beyond sympathy, which is caring and understanding for the suffering of others. Both words are used similarly and often interchangeably (incorrectly so) but differ subtly in their emotional meaning.
empathy  sympathy 
6 weeks ago
Penn State football 2018 preview: A fun chapter begins - SBNation.com
The Nittany Lions have one of the best QBs in the country and a favorable schedule. You can do some damage with that combo.
bill-connelly  penn-state  sbnation 
6 weeks ago
Nirvana: Incesticide Album Review | Pitchfork
Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today we explore the radical underbelly of Nirvana’s 1992 compilation Incesticide.
nirvana  insecticide  pitchfork 
6 weeks ago
Designing For Accessibility And Inclusion – Smashing Magazine – Medium
The more inclusive you are to the needs of your users, the more accessible your design is. Let’s take a closer look at the different lenses of accessibility through which you can refine your designs
accessibility  medium 
6 weeks ago
Going Colorblind: An Experiment in Empathy and Accessibility
Empathy. It’s the latest buzzword circling around the industry as more and more companies strive to improve their customer experiences. At first, being empathetic seems easy, but often the voices of…
colorblind  accessibility  medium 
6 weeks ago
What Is Redux: A Designer’s Guide — Smashing Magazine
Do you know Redux’s real power is beyond managing the state? Do you want to design with an understanding of how Redux works in mind? Let’s dig deeper into what Redux can do, why it does its things, what the downsides are, and how it relates to design.
redux  javascript  react  linton-ye  smashingmagazine 
6 weeks ago
The Addams Family Secret | The New Yorker
How a massive painting by Charles Addams wound up hidden away in a university library.
penn-state  new-yorker  addams-family 
6 weeks ago
Here's the case for why Delaware is better off embracing Philadelphia - Technical.ly Delaware
More than 60,000 people commute daily between Delaware and Pennsylvania. The two states, and especially Wilmington and Philadelphia, are more connected than you think.
delaware  philadelphia  technically 
7 weeks ago
Rise of the health-tech ethicist - Medical Marketing and Media
Researchers want the tech because it captures information they need. But they don't know how to address questions of collection, storage, and security.
ethics  tech  sara-holoubek 
7 weeks ago
Open-source identity design for Simple – Daniel Burka – Medium
would it be possible to rally a similar effort for Resolve to Save Lives, but in an even more distributed way?
Resolve to Save Lives is on a mission to save millions of people in low- and middle-income countries from cardiovascular disease — more people die from cardiovascular disease than from all communicable diseases combined. If you’re like me, you may know someone in your family who has suffered a heart attack or stroke.
That’s a worthwhile mission, I think.
medium  open-source 
8 weeks ago
I Detransitioned. But Not Because I wasn't Trans. - The Atlantic
In almost every classroom in America are maps that encourage students to consider the vast world that surrounds them. Why are people so afraid of what will happen if young people are inspired to think through their own identity?
identity  trans  the-atlantic  robyn-kanner 
8 weeks ago
Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future
Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future. Its failure to achieve adoption to date is because systems built on trust, norms, and institutions inherently function better than the type of no-need-for-trusted-parties systems blockchain envisions. That’s permanent: no matter how much blockchain improves it is still headed in the wrong direction.
blockchain  medium 
8 weeks ago
Knowing what motivates you as a leader is essential to being good at it
What motivates those leaders who come across as so ill-suited to their role in their team members’ eyes?
leadership  medium 
8 weeks ago
Blockchain Disciples Have a New Goal: Running Our Next Election
Amid vote-hacking fears, election officials are jumping on the crypto bandwagon — but cybersecurity experts are sounding an alarm
blockchain  medium  election 
8 weeks ago
Waking Up Is Hard to Do – Kevin Roose – Medium
I spent weeks reading studies of post-sleep alertness, combing through reviews of products and sleep gadgets, and speaking with experts in the field. I used myself as a human guinea pig for the better part of a month—A/B testing every bit of my routine to observe its effects on me. And I came up with what I believe is the optimal way to drag my lazy ass out of bed.
self-improvement  medium 
8 weeks ago
WordPress As A Headless CMS – Daftcode Blog
What end users see will be the static website you already have, and all we want from the CMS is a way to provide the content as data, not as HTML views. The CMS will not be concerned at all about how the site looks like, it will just handle data input and output.
wordpress  headless-cms  medium 
8 weeks ago
Questions for our first 1:1 | Lara Hogan
In the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of kicking off lots of new reporting relationships with both engineers and engineering managers. Over time, I’ve learned that getting some particular data during an initial 1:1 can be really helpful, as I can refer back to the answers as I need to give a person feedback, recognize them, and find creative ways to support them. Most of these I’ve stolen from some really amazing Etsy coworkers.

I usually keep an Evernote file for each person I manage, and the answers to these questions start that doc. This is a high-level list, but I usually add a little color to each when I’m in the room. Also: it’s never too late to ask these. Just tee them up with, “I’d like to ask you some cheesy questions to help me better-support you.”
1on1  lara-hogan  leadership  management 
8 weeks ago
A powerful toolkit for building websites with beautiful design.
react  typography 
8 weeks ago
This blog is now open source! | Scott Nonnenberg
I just open-sourced this blog, based on the Gatsby static site generator. Very meta! You could be reading this on GitHub! I thought I’d walk through some of the more interesting details, and exactly how I use it.
react  gatsby  static-site 
8 weeks ago
Static site generation with Gatsby.js | Scott Nonnenberg
Gatsby is the first site generation tool I’ve used which feels right to me. It balances its production static file experience with a dynamic, full-fidelity authoring experience.
react  gatsby  static-site 
8 weeks ago
Practical Gatsby.js | Scott Nonnenberg
So you want to use React.js to build your site, and you want to deploy just static files? Gatsby.js is a great choice! But it’s dangerous to go alone - take these hard-won tips!
react  gatsby  static-site 
8 weeks ago
When Children Say They’re Trans - The Atlantic
Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers.
the-atlantic  trans 
8 weeks ago
Anthony Bourdain’s Moveable Feast | The New Yorker
Guided by a lusty appetite for indigenous culture and cuisine, the swaggering chef has become a travelling statesman.
anthony-bourdain  new-yorker 
9 weeks ago
Anthony Bourdain Interview on Beer Snobs, Bad Food Trends & Road House - Thrillist
On July 14, 2016, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to sit down with Anthony Bourdain for an interview. I will always remember our wide-ranging, candid conversation. His untimely passing is a great loss for all of us who loved his books, his television shows and the passion he brought to talking about food and travel.
anthony-bourdain  thrillist  interview 
9 weeks ago
Ringing the chords of the Universe: how music influenced science | Aeon Essays
It’s no surprise that mathematics has influenced music. But did you know that the influence goes both ways?
music  mathematics  aeon 
9 weeks ago
Mental Models, Dragonfloxes, and How to Think Real Good
Our eyes are constantly assaulted by a never-ending stream of data. Without some way to filter and organize all this information, it would be impossible for us to do anything at all.
mental-models  medium 
9 weeks ago
Everything you need to know about Design Systems – UX Collective
The first question we need to ask ourselves is not “What should I put inside my Design System?” but “Who is going to use it and how?”
design-system  medium  ux-collective 
9 weeks ago
Distilling How We Think About Design Systems – Design Systems
When you bring a visualization out like this in a presentation to sell people on a design system, they’re just as likely to be impressed by its complexity as they are to be confused by what you are trying to say. I wouldn’t expect for someone to look at that and understand how a design system can benefit their organization or team.
We can start to distill all of these terms into something more digestible by exploring product vs operations.
design-system  medium 
9 weeks ago
Pantsuit: The Hillary Clinton UI pattern library – Git out the vote – Medium
Pantsuit is Hillary for America’s internal design system. Its primary goal is to serve as a single source of truth for the design and front-end teams. My job is to make sure the system is modular and flexible enough to be used in any number of unpredictable ways.
design-system  pantsuit  hillary-clinton  medium 
9 weeks ago
Posting to your GitLab Pages blog from iOS | GitLab
Tutorial: Learn how to post to your GitLab Pages blog from anywhere, using your iOS device.
gitlab  iOS 
9 weeks ago
Shortcuts: A New Vision for Siri and iOS Automation – MacStories
While it's still too early to comment on the long-term impact of Shortcuts, I can at least attempt to understand the potential of this new technology. In this article, I'll try to explain the differences between Siri shortcuts and the Shortcuts app, as well as answering some common questions about how much Shortcuts borrows from the original Workflow app. Let's dig in.
siri-shortcuts  masteries  ios12 
9 weeks ago
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