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Trapped by the ‘Walmart of Heroin’ - The New York Times
A Philadelphia neighborhood is the largest open-air narcotics market for heroin on the East Coast. Addicts come from all over, and many never leave.
nytimes  heroin  philadelphia  kensington 
4 days ago
The Battle for the Home – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
If the first stage of competition in consumer technology was the race to be the computer users went to (won by Microsoft and the PC), and the second was to be the computer users carried with them (won by Apple in terms of profits, and Google in terms of marketshare), the outlines of the current battle came sharply into focus over the last month: what company will win the race to be the computer within which users live?
stratechery  home  alexa 
6 days ago
The Secret to a Happy Workplace: Ron Friedman Q+A - Steelcase
There’s a strong business case for creating a great workplace and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.
workplace  ron-friedman  steelcase 
6 days ago
Best Practices For Mobile Form Design – Smashing Magazine – Medium
Forms are just a means to an end. Users should be able to complete them quickly and without confusion. In this article, you’ll learn practical techniques that will help you design an effective form.
forms  mobile  smashing_magazine 
6 days ago
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By focusing on only having the core feature that the majority of the users needed, they narrowed down to a very specific niche, acquiring early adopters that were eager to share the app (following the Diffusion of Innovations).
medium  simplicity  minimalism  productivity 
7 days ago
Why the Founder of Headspace Wakes Up at 5 a.m.
Puddicombe talked to Medium about how he balances his own health and wellness with the daily duties of being an active father and entrepreneur.
headspace  medium  meditation 
7 days ago
How to be Strategic – Julie Zhuo – Medium
a good strategy is a set of actions that is credible, coherent and focused on overcoming the biggest hurdle(s) in achieving a particular objective.
strategy  medium  julie-zhou 
8 days ago
Hiring for Fit – Chelsea Troy
What does it mean for a hiring candidate to be a good fit?

We often lean on an unfortunate proxy answer: “Is this candidate like the hiring manager?“
hiring 
11 days ago
James Franklin controls the chaos to find a winning formula at Penn State – The Athletic
“He’ll talk to the president of the university and he’ll talk to the person who cuts the grass, and they’re all important in his eyes,”
the-atlantic  penn-state  james-franklin 
18 days ago
Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think (Taming the Mammoth) - Wait But Why
humans evolved an over-the-top obsession with what others thought of them—a craving for social approval and admiration, and a paralyzing fear of being disliked.
wait-but-why 
18 days ago
XOXO Made Me Rethink Life Online - Digg
"It's not a festival" Andy Baio says, before abruptly correcting himself– "it is a festival," he concedes. I can sense that most of the two thousand or so people Baio's addressing from the coliseum stage understand what he's getting at.
xoxo  digg 
20 days ago
The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at the age of 57 has an idea for a new one at 92 — Quartz
Unlike the transistor, the lithium-ion battery has not won a Nobel Prize. But many people think it should. The lithium-ion battery gave the transistor reach. Without it, we would not have smartphones, tablets or laptops, including the device you are reading at this very moment. There would be no Apple. No Samsung. No Tesla.
batteries  qz 
21 days ago
Opinion | Motherhood in the Age of Fear - The New York Times
Women are being harassed and even arrested for making perfectly rational parenting decisions.
parenting  nytimes 
25 days ago
How New York Got Screwed Out of the Internet of the Future | WIRED
New York was supposed to be a model for big-city high-speed internet. Here’s how it became a cautionary tale for uneven connectivity.
fios  New-York-city  wired 
27 days ago
Tell Me It’s Going to be OK | Miya Tokumitsu
Belonging is an essential human need. (Fascists understand this basic fact; neoliberals don’t.)
27 days ago
Software disenchantment @ tonsky.me
As a general trend, we’re not getting faster software with more features. We’re getting faster hardware that runs slower software with the same features.
27 days ago
Object-Oriented UX · An A List Apart Article
In June 2012, while working at CNN.com, I was tasked with designing the user experience of election night. The next five months of my life would be dedicated to that single night—but success to me had nothing to do with who won. I was concerned with findability, data visualization, a shape-shifting canvas, and how the hell mouse-over flyouts were going to work on an iPhone. For the first time in history, CNN.com was releasing a responsive experience. And, for the first time in history, I was going to design a responsive experience.
ala  object-oriented-ux 
28 days ago
Hillary Clinton: American Democracy Is in Crisis - The Atlantic
It’s been nearly two years since Donald Trump won enough Electoral College votes to become president of the United States. On the day after, in my concession speech, I said, “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” I hoped that my fears for our future were overblown.

They were not.
hillary-clinton  the-atlantic 
29 days ago
How mid-2000s emo groomed underage girls and poisoned teen boys
These men don’t want grown women. Grown women see through their bullshit tortured genius messiah act. They want girls — in many cases, literal schoolgirls who are legally unable to give sexual consent.
emo  music 
4 weeks ago
A Portfolio Hiring Managers Can’t Deny – Dan Mall – Medium
A great portfolio shows the hiring manager why you’re perfect for that job, and perhaps that job only.
portfolio  dan-mall  medium 
4 weeks ago
GitHub - imalitavakoli/learn-uml2: Let's learn UML 2.* in simple terms!
Unified Modeling Language helps you to document your projects and have a full overview of the whole project. It helps you build software systems efficiently.
uml 
4 weeks ago
Trust Fractures How Hourly Billing Hurts Software Projects
The real way to solve the inherent problems of the hourly billing process is to stop billing software projects by the hour.
hourly-billing 
4 weeks ago
The Moral Dilemma Of Hourly Billing
If you are billing by the hour, you have a subconscious incentive to NOT become more efficient. Because of this, your skills will stagnate and your clients will suffer.
value-based-pricing  hourly-billing 
4 weeks ago
Building a Minimum Viable Product? You’re Probably Doing it Wrong
Test market risk first. If you create a “better product” and no one pays, then move on.
entrepreneurship  lean  mvp  hbr 
4 weeks ago
3-click rule — the magic number – UX Collective
Memo card series #2: a maximum of information in a minimum of words.
ux  medium 
5 weeks ago
Carousels on Mobile Devices
Carousels on touch screens are plagued by low discoverability and sequential access, and not all designs implement swipe as a carousel control.
carousel  mobile  ux  nielsen-norman-group 
5 weeks ago
The ultimate guide to proper use of animation in UX
I just want to collect all the main principles & rules in one place, so that other designers who want to start animating interfaces don’t have to search for additional information.
animation  ux  medium 
5 weeks ago
The Case for Playing Fortnite with Your Kids – Youth, Now – Medium
Videogames do not represent our children’s fall from grace. It’s time to get in on the fun.
parenting  medium  video-games  gaming 
5 weeks ago
After years of testing, The Wall Street Journal has built a paywall that bends to the individual reader » Nieman Journalism Lab
Non-subscribers visiting WSJ.com now get a score, based on dozens of signals, that indicates how likely they’ll be to subscribe. The paywall tightens or loosens accordingly: “The content you see is the output of the paywall, rather than an input.”
nieman-lab  wsj  paywall  journalism 
5 weeks ago
Walt Disney's Disneyland is a master class in experience design
Disneyland is a masterpiece of user experience and urban design–all conceived to help you open your wallet.
disney  ux  fastco 
5 weeks ago
Downward Spiral | David Roth
A fan’s notes on the decline of the NFL
david-j-roth  NFL  the-baffler 
5 weeks ago
“It Was Us Against Those Guys”: The Women Who Transformed Rolling Stone in the Mid-70s | Vanity Fair
How one 28-year-old feminist bluffed her way into running a copy department and made rock journalism a legitimate endeavor, putting six women on the Rolling Stone masthead in the process.
by JESSICA HOPPER
AUGUST 28, 2018 9:00 AM
vanity-fair  rolling-stone 
5 weeks ago
How ‘BoJack Horseman’ Got Made: An Oral History
The email from Raphael Bob-Waksberg to Lisa Hanawalt on March 22, 2010, was to the point: “Hey, do you have a picture of one of your horse guys, by himself? I came up with this idea for a show I’d like to pitch. Tell me what you think: BoJack the Depressed Talking Horse.”
bojack-horseman  vulture  oral-history 
5 weeks ago
Penn State vs. Appalachian State: Why college football rules | SI.com
Heisman candidate heroics. A heart-stopping upset bid. Suffocating student sections. The closest we came to a stunning upset in Week 1 served as a microcosm of the many ways the college game has the pro game beat.
si  andy-staples  penn-state 
6 weeks ago
Better Collaboration By Bringing Designers Into The Code Review Process
Involving other people early on — especially people from other disciplines — can feel scary. By taking inspiration from code reviews, we can improve collaboration both within our own fields as well as across disciplines, be it design, UX, content or development.
medium  code-review  process 
6 weeks ago
John McCain Should Have Been Better Than He Was | GQ
All through his career as a Senator, McCain represented a fairy tale ideal of bipartisanship that never quite matched his politics, but it’s clear that the myth of John McCain will long outlast any of those nasty little inconveniences.
drew-magary  john-mccain  gq 
7 weeks ago
Learning Python: From Zero to Hero – freeCodeCamp
we can use coding in Python in multiple ways: data science, web development, and machine learning all shine here. Quora, Pinterest and Spotify all use Python for their backend web development. So let’s learn a bit about it.
python  medium 
7 weeks ago
Cory Doctorow: why personal data is like nuclear waste | Technology | The Guardian
We should treat personal electronic data with the same care and respect as weapons-grade plutonium - it is dangerous, long-lasting and once it has leaked there's no getting it back
privacy  nuclear 
7 weeks ago
Opinion | The New Socialists - The New York Times
Why the pitch from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders resonates in 2018.
socialism  nytimes 
7 weeks ago
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's new commitment to balancing work and family life
His whole life had been unintentionally preparing him to coach; after baseball, he played college football at Cincinnati, and the stern men in whistles seemed familiar. Some boys rebel against demanding fathers. Urban embraced his dad's unforgiving expectations, finding a profession that allowed him to re-create the world of Bud Meyer: the joy of teaching, the lens of competition, the mentoring, the pushing -- the black and white.
urban-meyer  wright-thompson  espn-the-magazine 
7 weeks ago
Hop Along Are Busy Being Born – Rolling Stone
How the acclaimed Philadelphia band unlocked a brilliant new sound with a little help from magic mushrooms and Bob Dylan
hop-along  rolling-stone 
7 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks 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 
8 weeks 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 
9 weeks 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 
9 weeks 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 
9 weeks 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 
9 weeks 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 
9 weeks 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 
9 weeks ago
Defining Design Systems – EightShapes – Medium
Getting to the Root of What Your System Really Is
design-system  medium 
9 weeks 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 
9 weeks ago
Feedback Equation Worksheet - Google Docs
Good feedback is specific, actionable, and helps the other person grow.
feedback  lara-hogan 
9 weeks 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 
9 weeks 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 
10 weeks 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 
10 weeks 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 
10 weeks 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 
10 weeks 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 
10 weeks 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 
11 weeks 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 
11 weeks 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 
11 weeks ago
Billy Joel, in Conversation
The superstar on his songwriting silence, the country today, and his ideal farewell.
billy-joel  vulture 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 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.
medium 
12 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 
12 weeks ago
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