Archive of: 2010

  • You Say You Want a Revolution

    This is democracy’s Napster moment, the point at which the forms of governance that have evolved over two hundred years of industrial society prove wanting in the face of the network, just as the business models of the recording industy were swept away by the ease with which the internet could transmit perfect digital copies of compressed music files.

    Bill Thompson on the legacy of WikiLeaks.

  • A multiple discovery moment

    The time has arrived that three communities–the business, design, and technology communities–have independently discovered the same thing. That the best way to build new technology products, services, and the businesses that deliver them is to work in small, cross-functional, highly collaborative teams. To use lightweight, informal methods. To use rapid cycles of designing, making, and validating in order to test and learn and improve. To focus on the customer.

    Josh Seiden in Agile UX? Lean UX? Customer Development? A multiple discovery moment.

  • I stand with the Net

    Denizens of the Net are choosing sides. To my dismay, Amazon and eBay’s PayPal have decided that they are on the Net but not of the Net. When it comes down to it, they have decided they don’t really care for the Internet all that much, except as a low-friction cash register. How we would have rejoiced if Amazon and eBay had stood up to those who want to stop the flow of information that they don’t like. Instead they folded.

    David Weinberger.

  • Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

  • A visual history of the credit card

    Fascinating insights via this visual history of the credit card from

    The first bank credit card, the BankAmericard, was unveiled when Bank of America gave out 60,000 unsolicited cards in Fresno, Calif., in 1958. Unlike in the past, when getting a loan might have meant taking a trip to the bank’s basement, this card was a ticket for anyone to spend freely and decide when was best to pay it back.

    Times have changed that’s for sure.

  • Life is not read-only

    Culture is not damaged when you copy something. Creativity is not diminished when you discover something. Whole societies are improved when people learn and express things.

    Life is not read-only, a tiny manifesto from 2006 by Olivier Cleynen.

    Hat tip: Ben Walker.

  • Matt Mullenweg on shipping 1.0

    There is some great advice in this piece from Matt Mullenweg about shipping version 1.0.

    Usage is like oxygen for ideas. You can never fully anticipate how an audience is going to react to something you’ve created until it’s out there. That means every moment you’re working on something without it being in the public it’s actually dying, deprived of the oxygen of the real world.

    You can come up with all the user stories, scenarios and use cases you want, but the moment your product hits the real world, all that goes out of the window.

    And never wait until something is completely polished and feature complete.

    …if you’re not embarrassed when you ship your first version you waited too long.

    Amen to that. Iterate, iterate, iterate.

  • Khoi Vinh on iPad Magazines

    Khoi Vinh examines the state of magazine apps on the iPad and finds them wanting.

    My opinion about iPad-based magazines is that they run counter to how people use tablets today and, unless something changes, will remain at odds with the way people will use tablets as the medium matures. They’re bloated, user-unfriendly and map to a tired pattern of mass media brands trying vainly to establish beachheads on new platforms without really understanding the platforms at all.

    The landscape is still evolving and there’s lots we don’t know about how this will play out, but one of the worrying things that stuck out for me was this:
    The Adobe promise, as I understand it, is that publications can design for one medium and, with minimal effort, have their work product viably running on tablets and other media. It says: what works in print, with some slight modifications and some new software purchases, will work in new media. It’s a promise that we’ve heard again and again from many different software vendors with the rise of every new publishing platform, but it has never come to pass. And it never will.

    Dear god how many times do we have to have this argument?! The web is not print. Apps are not print. If the magazine is going to survive, publishers need to evolve and embrace the networked age, not cover their eyes and pretend it doesn’t exist.

  • Women In Rock

    I just know that Little Fish never sounds safe to me. They sound unhinged, in a good way. When I watch them perform I feel something, and it isn’t just lust for a sexy frontman or pain as an overenthusiastic fan jumps up and down on my foot.

    Miranda‘s inaugural post for Little Fish’s Women in Rock site is the fantastically titled The Sound & The Feeling. It’s all about music, personal history, and the realisation that you’re a part of something bigger.

  • Neil Gaiman on Comics

    And for me, 25 years on, what I love about this is being able to give this to somebody and say, “See, this is what I mean by comics.” It is not a genre. It is simply a medium. And it’s a medium that you can do anything with.

    Neil Gaiman.

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