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The Secret Cost of Research
Erika Hall: "Research is necessary for a successful design project because it gives you a shared basis for decision-making, grounded in evidence rather than in sheer authority or tenacity. And this saves time and money."
ux  research  design  advice  mediumdotcom 
18 days ago by warnick
Willpower Doesn’t Work. Here’s How to Actually Change Your Life.
Benjamin Hardy: "Whether you want to get healthier, stop using social media so much, improve your relationships, be happier, write a book, or start a business — willpower won’t help you with any of these things. Personal progress and achieving success are best approached like you’re overcoming addiction. Because, quite literally, that’s what you’re doing. As human-beings, we all have addictions."
mediumdotcom  willpower  change  addiction  lds 
18 days ago by warnick
Running in Circles
Basecamp's Ryan Singer on why agile isn't working: "People in our industry think they stopped doing waterfall and switched to agile. In reality they just switched to high-frequency waterfall."
agile  waterfall  projectmanagement  basecamp  mediumdotcom 
18 days ago by warnick
New to email coding? Here’s where to start.
Great collection of tips and resources for creating effective HTML emails, by Caity G. O'Connor.
email  tutorial  html  css  marketing  templates  mediumdotcom  tlos 
25 days ago by warnick
8 Tips for Writing a 210-Page Doctoral Dissertation In 8 Months
Omar Abdullah, on Medium: "Again and again, I talk to grad students who describe the pressure they feel from their advisors or an imagined community that will critique their work. And I agree that some advisors are not as approachable/helpful in their feedback but no one is going to critique/read your dissertation outside your committee. My mom hasn’t even read it."
mediumdotcom  dissertation  gradschool  advice 
february 2018 by warnick
Finding our Twitter voice
Slack's Anna Pickard: "As we’ve grown, the number of mentions has exploded from a couple dozen to hundreds (sometimes thousands) every day. But we’ve still tried to maintain the same tone, whoever is tweeting. It’s the place that the Slack voice is the most playful, but it’s also high pressure — which makes it a tricky one to scale."
twitter  contentstrategy  slack  mediumdotcom  socialmedia 
february 2017 by warnick
How to Internet
Jenny Odell looks back at the early "how to" videos for email and the internet: "What makes the highway metaphor sound so strange now is that it implies the traversing of space and the passing of time. It’s another version of the old 'series of tubes' idea, before the internet began to feel like a stifling sea of instantaneity."
internet  history  tutorials  mediumdotcom  jennyodell 
december 2016 by warnick
How to make a logo, for free, in about 5 minutes.
Marc Hemeon's oversimplied but still pretty helpful guide to the basics of visual branding: "After you read this, you should be able to throw together a logo without hiring a designer in about five minutes. You‘re not going to end up with the Nike Swoosh or Apple logo, but you will have enough to get going."
mediumdotcom  branding  logos  typography  design 
november 2016 by warnick
A style guide for writing on Medium
Other than his endorsement of the Hemingway App (about which I remain highly skeptical), these tips for Quincy Larson are spot-on: "After spending more than 1,000 hours writing and editing stories for our Medium publication, I’ve decided to create this living style guide for contributors. Feel free to use it for your publication as well."
mediumdotcom  styleguide  writing 
october 2016 by warnick
Death and MetaFilter
Josh Millard reflects on one of the unforeseen challenges of managing an online community: "Even on a site like MetaFilter where people tend to be a few standard deviations more decent to one another than the typical internet comments section dumpster fire, people have bad days, bad moods, bad instincts. It’s a job where you have to put up with people living through their worst moments and taking it out on you. I was ready. I knew this. But I didn’t know I’d be dealing with people dying."
joshmillard  metafilter  onlinecommunities  digitalself  death  mediumdotcom 
october 2016 by warnick
The Forrest Gump of the Internet
Robinson Meyer profiles Ev Williams in the Atlantic: "While other CEOs in his early-web cohort have left the industry, or have become writers or consultants, Williams has stuck around, leading companies. His startups have nearly all specialized in the same abstract medium: text boxes. He has dotted the web with these text boxes, and people have poured their souls into them, have argued and wept and whispered into them. Millions of people have had their worldview shaped by these text boxes, and the boxes themselves have, in turn, changed the Internet."
evwilliams  atlanticmonthly  mediumdotcom  profiles  siliconvalley 
june 2016 by warnick
Are We In It for the Likes?
Guster's Brian Rosenworcel reflects on how the internet and social media have changed bands' interactions with their fans: "From the Keepin’ It Real Police in my brain who raise an eyebrow at the fact that our latest idea includes a self-promotional explainer video complete with band member interviews. Did we make that video for David Bashford, the guy who was shocked to discover that the band remade his video? Or did we do it for the glory of showing the world how down-to-earth we are? Does it matter? Is it possible that it’s okay to do it for both?"
guster  music  mediumdotcom  internetculture  socialmedia 
april 2016 by warnick
Hello Slack, Goodbye Email
Cary Newfeldt explains how Modern Craft has benefitted from using Slack: "So is Slack killing email? In our world, it’s eliminating a lot of them — at least internally. As we adapt to it even more, it continues to change how we communicate."
slack  mediumdotcom  collaboration 
march 2016 by warnick
Anywhere but Medium
Dave Winer: "I only want to point to things that I think have a chance at existing years from now. And things that are reasonably unconflicted, where I feel I understand where the author is coming from. Neither of those criteria are met by posts on Medium. I also want to preserve the ability of developers to innovate in this area. If Medium sews up this media type, if they own it for all practical purposes, as Google owned RSS (until they dropped it), then you can't move until they do. And companies with monopolies have no incentive to move forward, and therefore rarely do."
davewiner  blogging  mediumdotcom 
march 2016 by warnick
Slack, I’m Breaking Up with You
Samuel Hulick makes the case for going back to email: "Trying to keep up with the manifold follow-up tasks from the manifold conversations in your manifold teams and channels requires a Skynet-like metapresence that is simply beyond me."
slack  workflow  productivity  mediumdotcom 
march 2016 by warnick
How We Tried to Design Our Own Book Cover (and How Jessica Hische Saved the Day)
Jake Knapp describes the long, messy process of designing a cover for his new book, Sprint.
mediumdotcom  book  design 
february 2016 by warnick
It’s Stupid That My Actor Dad Is The One Who Has To Teach Us Not To Be Dumb
Richard Dreyfuss's son responds to the hubbub surrounding his father's appearance at a Ted Cruz Rally: "If you can’t stand to listen to an idea, it does not prove that you oppose it. Refusing to show interest in a different perspective should not serve as a badge of pride in your own ideas. It actually serves the exact opposite function. It proves that you don’t even understand your own opinion. If you can’t understand the argument you disagree with, then you don’t have the right to disagree with it with any authority, nor do you really have a grasp on what your own idea means in its context."
politics  mediumdotcom 
february 2016 by warnick
The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment
Long, detailed explanation by Mike Hearn: "What was meant to be a new, decentralised form of money that lacked 'systemically important institutions' and 'too big to fail' has become something even worse: a system completely controlled by just a handful of people. Worse still, the network is on the brink of technical collapse. The mechanisms that should have prevented this outcome have broken down, and as a result there’s no longer much reason to think Bitcoin can actually be better than the existing financial system."
bitcoin  money  finance  mediumdotcom 
january 2016 by warnick
The Website Obesity Crisis
Maciej Ceglowski's talk at Web Directions 2015: "Let me start by saying that beautiful websites come in all sizes and page weights. I love big websites packed with images. I love high-resolution video. I love sprawling Javascript experiments or well-designed web apps. This talk isn't about any of those. It's about mostly-text sites that, for unfathomable reasons, are growing bigger with every passing year."
maciejceglowski  webdesign  internet  advertising  mediumdotcom  google  facebook 
january 2016 by warnick
The Messy Tech of Typography: Quotation marks
Marcin Wichary and the Medium team are just a *tiny* bit obsessed with the details. Which is part of what makes Medium such a compelling platform.
mediumdotcom  typography  design  interrogatingtheinterface 
november 2015 by warnick
Medium plugin for WordPress
Nice little tool that helps you cross-post your WordPress entries to Medium.
wordpress  mediumdotcom  plugin 
november 2015 by warnick
Stop saying technology is causing social isolation
Héctor L. Carral: "Some may say that if you want to interact with people, you should interact with the ones around you, and that is probably true on certain occasions. But, on other occasions, I’m just not able to comprehend why should we be forced to interact with those physically close to us instead of with the people that we really want to interact with."
mediumdotcom  technology  relationships  digitalculture  3844 
november 2015 by warnick
What Coke Contains
Kevin Ashton, on the complexity of our modern economy: "The number of individuals who know how to make a can of Coke is zero. The number of individual nations that could produce a can of Coke is zero. This famously American product is not American at all. Invention and creation is something we are all in together."
economics  coke  food  mediumdotcom 
september 2015 by warnick
Streaming Music is Ripping You Off
Sharky Laguana digs deep on Apple Music, Spotify, and other streaming services: "[A] small group of subscribers ... have gained control over your money thanks to a mathematical flaw in how artist royalties are calculated. This flaw cheats real artists with real fans, rewards fake artists with no fans, and perhaps worst of all communicates to most streaming music subscribers a simple, awful, message: Your choices don’t count, and you don’t matter."
apple  spotify  music  business  mediumdotcom 
august 2015 by warnick
The Web We Have to Save
Hossein Derakhshan: "Today the Stream is digital media’s dominant form of organizing information. It’s in every social network and mobile application. Since I gained my freedom, everywhere I turn I see the Stream. I guess it won’t be too long before we see news websites organize their entire content based on the same principles. The prominence of the Stream today doesn’t just make vast chunks of the Internet biased against quality — it also means a deep betrayal to the diversity that the world wide web had originally envisioned."
mediumdotcom  internet  blogging 
august 2015 by warnick
LinkedIn Dark Patterns
Great step-by-step walkthrough of LinkedIn's slimy UX practices, by Dan Schlosser: "In UX design, a dark pattern is design that works against users. It might trick them into doing the wrong thing, or just confuse them to the point where they can’t figure out how to do something that the designers don’t want them to do. This could be making it hard to delete a user account, or in LinkedIn’s case, making it really hard to use the service without importing your entire address book."
mediumdotcom  interrogatingtheinterface  ux  darkpatterns  linkedin 
june 2015 by warnick
Why Medium Notes Are Different and How to Use Them Well
Nice tutorial about Medium's well-designed notes feature.
evwilliams  mediumdotcom  comments 
may 2015 by warnick
Notifications & Alerts
Another Medium post by Paul Ford that makes me want to move to the woods: "I erased most of my TODO list since I really only need to stay alive and listen to people and everything else is a lie."
paulford  mediumdotcom  internetculture  digitalself  distraction  technology 
march 2015 by warnick
Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job
Andy Baio, on Medium: "As it turns out, organizing the world’s information isn’t always profitable. Projects that preserve the past for the public good aren’t really a big profit center. Old Google knew that, but didn’t seem to care.... Google may have dropped the ball on the past, but fortunately, someone was there to pick it up."
andybaio  mediumdotcom  internet  history  archive  digitalrhetoric  videogames 
january 2015 by warnick
An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media
danah boyd reminds us that we shouldn't read Andrew Watts's personal account of social media as representative of *all* teens: "Every few years, a (typically white male) teen with an interest in technology writes about technology among his peers on a popular tech platform and gets traction. Tons of conferences host teen panels, usually drawing on privileged teens in the community or related to the organizers. I’m not bothered by these teens’ comments; I’m bothered by the way they are interpreted and treated by the tech press and the digerati."
socialmedia  danahboyd  mediumdotcom  millennials 
january 2015 by warnick
A Teenager’s View on Social Media
Interesting personal take on social media from a student at the University of Texas: "This article will not use any studies, data, sources, etc. This is because you can easily get that from any other technology news website and analyze from there. I’m here to provide a different view based off of my life in this 'highly coveted' age bracket. That being said, I'm not an expert at this by a long shot and I'm sure there will be data that disproves some of the points I make, but this is just what I've noticed."
mediumdotcom  socialmedia  millennials  twitter  facebook  instagram  snapchat  tumblr  yikyak  3844 
january 2015 by warnick
Star Trek: The Next Generation In 40 Hours
Max Temkin: "I want to make the case Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) is important and worth your time in 2015, and I want to suggest about 40 hours of Star Trek viewing that will cover all of the great episodes."
mediumdotcom  startrek  television 
january 2015 by warnick
Surfing, Drowning, Diving
Rex Sorgatz: "It all seems random, but if you look closely, and live long enough to actually care, you start to see patterns — a historical logic to new media emerges from the seemingly happenstance. And more importantly, if it is indeed a stable history, if our media inventions are not random, then we inhabit a predictable environment. We can see the future in the past."
rexsorgatz  mediumdotcom  media  newmedia  marshallmcluhan  history 
november 2014 by warnick
Texters and Gamers
Virginia Heffernan: "What is texting? For one, it’s an extremely cognitively demanding and physically repetitive social practice, defined by something like chronicness. According to Experian, Americans between 18 and 24 now send an average of 2,022 texts per month. That’s about sixty-seven texts each day. Forget about text replacing email or phone calls. It’s replacing speech."
virginiaheffernan  mediumdotcom  texting  communication  videogames 
october 2014 by warnick
Creative People Say No
Kevin Ashton: "Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation. The common thread that links creators is how they spend their time. No matter what you read, no matter what they claim, nearly all creators spend nearly all their time on the work of creation. There are few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes."
mediumdotcom  creativity  productivity  no 
august 2014 by warnick
Crafting link underlines on Medium
I love Medium's obsessive attention to detail. Marcin Wichary: "This is a story on how a quick evening project to fix the appearance of underlined Medium links turned into a month-long endeavour."
mediumdotcom  typography  css  webdesign  casestudy  4814 
august 2014 by warnick
How to Be Polite
Another perfect little piece of writing by Paul Ford: "When you are at a party and are thrust into conversation with someone, see how long you can hold off before talking about what they do for a living. And when that painful lull arrives, be the master of it. I have come to revel in that agonizing first pause, because I know that I can push a conversation through. Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: 'Wow. That sounds hard.'"
paulford  etiquette  mediumdotcom 
august 2014 by warnick
The real 10 algorithms that dominate our world
Marcos Otero, on Medium: "I’m going to try to explain in this post what an algorithm is and which are the real 10 (or maybe more ) algorithms that rule our world."
algorithms  mediumdotcom  4c15 
july 2014 by warnick
Here’s why we dropped our free plan
Nikos Moraitakis offers a slew of reasons for ditching the freemium model: "Customers who expect to get real value out of your product are the only customers you have a chance of making happy."
mediumdotcom  business  freemium  advice  startup 
september 2013 by warnick
What Medium Is
Anil Dash argues that Medium is a lot like YouTube: "Medium is evolving to be the same; We get sent an article that someone wants us to read, ... and then hopefully we click around to check out a few more things."
mediumdotcom  anildash  blogging  3844  4814 
august 2013 by warnick
What Is Medium?
Alexis Madrigal, in the Atlantic: "So what is Medium? Medium is a place to read articles on the Internet. Medium is a blogging platform, like Wordpress or Blogger.... Medium is chaotically, arrhythmically produced by a combination of top-notch editors, paid writers, PR flacks, startup bros, and hacks."
mediumdotcom  alexismadrigal  atlanticmonthly  blogging  3844  4814 
august 2013 by warnick
Wireframes: A good communication tool, a poor design tool
Daniel Ritzenthaler, on Medium: "[W]ireframes are a great communication tool. They do a spectacular job of communicating the ideas of the group at various stages of the design process and help facilitate the conversations and feedback that are required to move the project to its next phase. What they don’t do is help designers design. That work gets done elsewhere, using different tools."
wireframes  webdesign  4814  mediumdotcom 
march 2013 by warnick

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