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A History of the GUI | Ars Technica
In what follows, I?ll be presenting a brief introduction to the history of the GUI. The topic, as you might expect, is broad, and very deep. This article will touch on the high points, while giving an overview of GUI development.
gui  ars-technica  history 
yesterday
Inside the welfare office with an anonymous startup founder - Technical.ly Brooklyn
This is an internet post about a startup founder who recently enrolled in social assistance programs, namely food stamps and Medicaid.
technically  startups 
5 days ago
How Tech Experts Monitor Their Teens on Social Media - WSJ
How can parents keep up with smartphones? Tech executives take various approaches to managing their children’s social-media use
wsj  social-media  parenting 
7 days ago
On the Blackness of the Panther – Member Feature Stories – Medium
‘In my wildest dreams, there is no king. I killed the king. The king is dead. All power to the people.’
medium 
10 days ago
Why six trends are pointing to a revolution in healthcare
The move away from sick care to health preservation is built on six trends—and of those, a unifying theme is that the technological acumen and infrastructure is in place to support this shift.
healthcare  healthux 
19 days ago
Designing New Ways to Give Context to News Stories – Facebook Design – Medium
As the team designing against misinformation on News Feed, we care a lot about giving people the tools to make informed decisions about which stories to read, trust, and share. Today, we’re announcing the US launch of a feature that gives people more background on both the publisher and the article. We want to share the process behind this product.
facebook  fake-news  medium 
20 days ago
It’s Time To Get Real About Digital Transformation. – Medium
companies embarking on a digital transformation are trying to apply company level strategies to a product level problem. As my friends over at Radical Product have eloquently said about this situation, “These are completely different classes of problem. It makes perfect sense that the same framework would not apply to both”.
medium  fresh-tilled-soil 
20 days ago
Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s future, fake news, and Russian mischief - Vox
has Facebook just become too big and too vast and too consequential for normal corporate governance structures, and also normal private company incentives?
facebook  vox  mark-zuckerberg 
20 days ago
Running in Circles – Signal v. Noise
People in our industry think they stopped doing waterfall and switched to agile. In reality they just switched to high-frequency waterfall.
agile  waterfall  medium  37signals  signal-vs-noise 
24 days ago
When leaders struggle to lead themselves – The Startup – Medium
1) when it seems as though I can see the long road I need to travel and it feels like it all needs to be done at once, or, 2) I have no clue what I need to be doing so I spend hours flailing about doing meaningless tasks and getting nowhere.
leadership  medium 
24 days ago
Remote Work and Remote Designers – Automattic Design
Hi there, For the 2018 #DesignInTech Report‘s coverage on “Remote Work and Remote Design” I’ve rounded up 25 posts from Automattic Designers on the topic. To learn more about how remote work companies work there’s a great article on Quartz and The Information for you to peruse. Enjoy!
remote-work  john-maeda  automattic 
24 days ago
Design’s Lost Generation – Mike Monteiro – Medium
And that’s when I decided that we — and by we I mean those of us currently drawing paychecks for professional design services — are design’s lost generation. We are the Family Ties era Michael J. Fox of the design lineage. Raised by hippies. Consumed by greed. Ruled by the hand of the market. And nourished by the last drops of sour milk from the withered old teat of capitalism gone rabid. Living where America ends — Silicon Valley.
monteiro  medium  ethics 
29 days ago
What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn - The New York Times
American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know — and it’s shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy. Can they be taught to see it more critically?
4 weeks ago
Killing the Product Development Assembly Line – Hacker Noon
A PM’s Guide to Empowering Design and Engineering
4 weeks ago
Jony Ive Dishes On Apple Rumors And His Design Team In Rare Interview
Jony Ive helms the most secretive design lab in the world at Apple. But aside from the top secret mystique, the soft spoken Ive is notoriously private, often giving just one interview a year.

Last week at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Fast Company alum Rick Tetzeli performed that interview. The topics covered ranged from how Apple really designs its next iPhone to what it’s like building the future while the blogosphere shares Apple rumors and rants. You can listen to the complete interview on SoundCloud, but, in the meantime, we’ve collected some of Ive’s most notable thoughts–and hottest takes–below.
4 weeks ago
Reading more — PaulStamatiou.com
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
4 weeks ago
Dual Track Development is not Duel Track - Jeff Patton & Associates
Development work focuses on predictability and quality
Discovery work focuses on fast learning and validation
Discovery and development are visualized in two tracks because it’s two kinds of work, and two kinds of thinking
Discovery is a necessary part of product development. Practice it with the same agile and lean principles in mind.
If we’re doing discovery right, we substantially change and kill lots of ideas.
While a product manager, designer, and senior engineer may lead and orchestrate discovery, they must involve the whole team in discovery tasks wherever possible. Keep discovery work and progress visible to the whole team.
Keep measuring and learning even after you ship.
4 weeks ago
A Nerd in a Cave – Rands in Repose
My Cave is my intellectual home. My kitchen is where I eat, my bed is where I sleep, and my Cave is where I think. Everyone has some sort of Cave; just follow them around their house. It might be a garage full of tools or a kitchen full of cookware, but there is a Cave stashed somewhere in the house.
5 weeks ago
A Workflow of Perspectives - Inside OmniFocus
My workflow is built upon a simple principle:

I wish to see what is relevant to me now;
Anything else, should be out of sight.
omnifocus 
5 weeks ago
Home, Work, and Contexts - Inside OmniFocus
OmniFocus has become an indispensable daily tool for organizing my home and business tasks. The way OmniFocus works makes it a perfect fit for my freelance workflow and my lifestyle. Here’s how, and why, it works for me.
omnifocus 
5 weeks ago
Paterno HBO movie: Director Barry Levinson interview | SI.com
Al Pacino plays Paterno, and Oscar winner Barry Levinson (The Natural; Rain Man) directs. SI spoke with Levinson on Friday.
paterno  si  hbo 
6 weeks ago
How to Rands – Rands in Repose
One of the working relationships we need to define is ours. The following is a user guide for me and how I work. It captures what you can expect out of the average week, how I like to work, my north star principles, and some of my, uh, nuance. My intent is to accelerate our working relationship with this document.1
7 weeks ago
The Lottery Hackers - The Huffington Post
Gaming the lottery seemed as good a retirement plan as any.
huffington-post  jason-fagone  lottery  gambling 
7 weeks ago
Madonna's 'Ray of Light': Rob Sheffield Looks Back - Rolling Stone
Happy birthday to Ray of Light, the masterwork that introduced the world to Cosmic Psychedelic Madonna, 20 years ago this week.
madonna  rolling-stone  rob-sheffield 
7 weeks ago
Replace Your To-Do List With Interstitial Journaling To Increase Productivity
A new journaling tactic that immediately kills procrastination and boosts creative insights.
productivity  journaling  medium 
7 weeks ago
Taking Your First Steps as a Director of UX – Quietstars – Medium
I’ve been having a lot more conversations in recent months with people who are new to leadership roles in UX.
They worry about transitioning to the role.
They worry about what their first steps should be.
They worry about how to handle taking over from somebody else (or, in some cases, how to be the first person with a UX leadership role).
ux  leadership  management  medium 
7 weeks ago
Team Leader Venn Diagram – Making Meetup – Medium
People are not perfect circles! So there’s a high probability that these example bullets don’t map to what any one individual team looks like. A friend of mine likes to say that people are potato shaped — we all have different bumps and divots, and it’s important to understand what your shape is, and how that works alongside the other humans representing these roles.
leadership  management  lara-hogan  medium 
8 weeks ago
Visualizing Prototyping – Prototypr
The “might”, “could”, “should” modes of prototyping
prototyping  medium 
8 weeks ago
The Vibes Theory of Organisational Design – The Tuning Fork – Medium
The bigger the group, the more rules they need. Can we do better than written agreements?
management  medium 
8 weeks ago
7 Practical Tips for Cheating at Design – Refactoring UI – Medium
Here are seven simple ideas you can use to improve your designs today.
ui  medium 
8 weeks ago
How I Became a 37-Year-Old Snowbird - The New York Times
After the death of a pet and the forced sale of her home, combined with a bad case of seasonal affective disorder, a writer heads south and keeps running.
jen-a-miller 
8 weeks ago
The Hip-­Hop Legacy of Eric C. Conn - Kentucky for Kentucky
Our man in Eastern Kentucky offers commentary on the recent indictment of Eric C. Conn. Or, how a respected jazz guitarist wound up writing awful raps for the state’s most hated attorney.
8 weeks ago
Twelve Emerging Best practices for Adding UX Work to Agile Development - Jeff Patton & Associates
I’ve got lots if ideas on what I think best user experience practice should be like in agile development, and I’m not too shy about sharing them. (Just attend one my tutorials at a conference and you’ll see.) But, I have to admit that they’re my adapted approaches – approaches I adapted for use in my Agile context. They’re not necessarily patterns. Over time I’ve seen a number of common patterns emerge from various successful user experience people across a number of companies. These are UX people that have gone through Craig’s five stages of UX practitioner Agile adoption, and have come out the other end with successful practice, and a real appreciation for Agile development.
agile  ux  process 
8 weeks ago
Scrivener 3 for macOS Is More Flexible and Powerful Than Ever for Long-Form Writing – MacStories
Scrivener isn’t just for book writers, but the features that cater to them are what sets the app apart from other text editors. A Scrivener project is broken into pieces that include multiple text documents, research materials, and other elements. Fast, flexible navigation across multiple documents and bits of research is essential for big projects and is one of the areas where Scrivener excels. From the Binder in the left-hand sidebar, you can quickly navigate between documents in a project, create collections of documents across a project, and use Scrivener’s built-in search functionality to filter based on keyword searches.
scrivener  macstories 
8 weeks ago
The Sabermetric Movement’s Forgotten Foremother - The Ringer
You might not know Sherri Nichols’s name, but if you care about baseball, you’ve felt her influence on the game. Meet the woman whose precedent-setting work left a vital legacy in a field largely populated by men.
sabermetrics  the-ringer  baseball 
9 weeks ago
The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas
With new evidence that Clarence Thomas lied to get onto the Supreme Court, it’s time to talk seriously about impeachment.
clarence-thomas  supreme-court  nymag 
9 weeks ago
The President of Nowhere, USA - POLITICO Magazine
Pete Buttigieg could be the Democrats’ savior—if he can only find his way out of South Bend.
democratic-party  politico 
9 weeks ago
Containers Will Not Fix Your Broken Culture (and Other Hard Truths) - ACM Queue
We focus so often on technical anti-patterns, neglecting similar problems inside our social structures. Spoiler alert: the solutions to many difficulties that seem technical can be found by examining our interactions with others. Let's talk about five things you'll want to know when working with those pesky creatures known as humans.
culture  tech 
9 weeks ago
State College, PA - Penn State Football: Assessing the Rahne-McSorley Partnership
How will Ricky Rahne do as quarterback Trace McSorley's permanent play-caller and position coach?
ricky-rahne  trace-mcsorley  mike-poorman  penn-state 
9 weeks ago
How to combat bias in design consulting
Becoming conscious of biases is just the first step. The next is to ensure we don’t allow them to negatively impact the products we design or our experiences with teams.
bias  invision 
9 weeks ago
Inside the Smashing Pumpkins' Double-Platinum Soap Opera - Rolling Stone
Welcome to the Aragon Ballroom, in Chicago. The price of your ticket is helping to make the last year and a half in the life of Smashing Pumpkins all worth it. It's a bitterly cold Friday night, and the Pumpkins – rock's dysfunctional royal family and, more important, this fair city's best-selling alliance since Survivor released "Eye of the Tiger" – are holding court for a fawning congregation of 5,000 disciples currently being baptized in a steady drizzle of beer, spit and sweat. Take a good look. In just a few short hours, when all this is history, lead singer Billy Corgan will offer some weighty reflection.
smashing-pumpkins  billy-corgan  rolling-stone 
9 weeks ago
Animation principles in UI
Animation in the context of user interfaces is still a very new field. There are little to no resources to teach best practices for page transitions or show common patterns for loading screens. What we can do is develop a usable motion library by studying traditional animation principles and learning how to apply them to abstract shapes and patterns such as those we see in digital interfaces.
animation  motion-graphics  invision 
9 weeks ago
23 Facilitation Tips for Design Sprints – Sprint Stories
At its core, facilitation is simple. You’ve got to ask questions to get information out in the open, write that information down and ask more questions to make sure you’ve written it down properly, and you’ve got to mind the clock and move through the steps. When feeling overwhelmed, get back to the basics.
design-sprint  medium  facilitator 
10 weeks ago
Winded by Design Sprints – Anthony Catanese – Medium
The worst thing a product team can do is get stoked about a new sprint process, run five of them back to back with the same team, and burn them out in the process.
design-thinking  design-sprit  medium 
10 weeks ago
Inside Facebook's Hellish Two Years—and Mark Zuckerberg's Struggle to Fix it All | WIRED
How a confused, defensive social media giant steered itself into a disaster, and how Mark Zuckerberg is trying to fix it all.
facebook  wired  mark-zuckerberg 
10 weeks ago
Everything Easy is Hard Again – Frank Chimero
This talk was given on October 12, 2017 at Mirror Conf in Braga, Portugal, and again on February 9, 2018 at the Awwwards Conference in Berlin.
design  frank-chimero 
10 weeks ago
Why do fans riot after a win? The science behind Philadelphia’s Super Bowl chaos.
Why do fans care so intensely about their teams? What is going on in their brains after a win or loss? What circumstances make a riot more likely?
riot  medium  washington-post 
10 weeks ago
The House That Spied on Me
I installed internet-connected devices to serve me, but by making the otherwise inanimate objects of my home “smart” and giving them internet-connected “brains,” I was also giving them the ability to gather information about my home and the people in it. The company that sold me my internet-connected vacuum, for example, recently said that it collects a “rich map of the home” and plans to one day share it with Apple, Amazon, or Alphabet, the three companies that hope to dominate the smart home market. Once I made my home smart, what would it learn and whom would it tell?
iot  gizmodo 
10 weeks ago
Q&A: New York magazine’s David Marchese on viral Quincy Jones interview - Columbia Journalism Review
Marchese spoke with CJR about how he prepared for the conversation with Jones, his go-to interviewing techniques, and what didn’t make the published piece. The following conversation has been edited for length and clarity.
quincy-jones  cjr 
10 weeks ago
Interview with Anne Hjortshoj, Manager, UX Research and Strategy, Cisco Cloud Security - Managers Club
When people start to manage teams, it can be difficult to escape the feeling that you’re failing in some way, all the time, because—unlike working as an individual contributor—your work is never done. You will always be failing in some way. Learn to prioritize. Your job is to unblock and enable your people, and to listen closely for issues that you may have to manage indirectly. Also: get very comfortable with delegating!
leadership  management  ux  anne-hjortshoj 
10 weeks ago
Quincy Jones, In Conversation
The music legend on the secret Michael Jackson, his relationship with the Trumps, and the problem with modern pop.
quincy-jones  vulture 
10 weeks ago
Pattern 5: Improve usability of long forms - UI & Visual Design Patterns - Proximity School of Design
While clever designers and writers can simplify forms somewhat by cutting unimportant fields, in many cases long forms are essential and unavoidable. Here are some design patterns you can use to make long forms less intimidating and easier to complete.
forms  ux  proximity-school 
10 weeks ago
Work Less, Get More Done: Analytics For Maximizing Productivity | Kalzumeus Software
the notion that working longer hours is correlated to better business results is a pernicious social pathology.
productivity  patio11 
11 weeks ago
Identity Theft, Credit Reports, and You | Kalzumeus Software
you want to communicate with the bank in a manner which suggests that you’re an organized professional who is capable of escalating the matter if the bank does not handle it themselves. You do not yell. You do not bluster. You instead present as if you’re collecting a paper trail.
banks  customer-service  letter  patio11 
11 weeks ago
How An NFL Contract Negotiation Goes Down
It was fascinating to see how detailed these negotiations could get, how creative the contract structures could become, and how the most minute factoid could sway the course of the talks. I watched as one side neglected to present a counteroffer right away and thus had to work off their opponent’s numbers for much of the time. One session involved too much banter about stats, which left precious little time to bargain. The judges were often gentle and encouraging with their assessments, and almost always passed along some fine point of reference one of the sides missed that could have created some room for leverage.
nfl  salary  deadspin 
11 weeks ago
Design thinking origin story plus some of the people who made it all happen
Please consider this a first stop to your own journey into design thinking. I know there is a lot to take in here, but down the bottom there is a download link with a timeline that tracks the dependencies and developments of design thinking. Please, please, please get in touch with any omissions, additions, thoughts. If you start reading this and think “this is basic, I know this already” I challenge you to read the of work by Stephanie Di Russo I was recently introduced to.
design-thinking  medium 
11 weeks ago
Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble - The New York Times
Yes, it’s driven by greed — but the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth.
bitcoin  cryptocurrency  nytimes 
11 weeks ago
Tackling the Internet’s Central Villain: The Advertising Business - The New York Times
if you want to fix much of what ails the internet right now, the ad business would be the perfect perp to handcuff and restrain — and perhaps even reform.
nytimes  advertising 
11 weeks ago
Empathy Mapping: The First Step in Design Thinking
Visualizing user attitudes and behaviors in an empathy map helps UX teams align on a deep understanding of end users. The mapping process also reveals any holes in existing user data.
empathy-map  design-thinking  ux  nielsen-norman-group 
12 weeks ago
“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral | Vanity Fair
Facebook was always famous for the sign that hung in its offices, written in big red type on a white background, that said “Move Fast and Break Things.” Every time I think about the company, I realize it has done just that—to itself.
vanity-fair  facebook 
12 weeks ago
Justin Timberlake, John Mayer, And The Western Rehab For White Masculinity
The Western motif of Justin Timberlake’s new album, Man of the Woods, is the image equivalent of a trip to a dude ranch: an accidental projection of his greatest vulnerabilities, and a desire to immerse himself in a mythical, masculine world that doesn’t ask hard questions.
buzzfeed  justin-timberlake 
12 weeks ago
Manager Energy Drain | Lara Hogan
The best gift you can give your direct reports is a messy, unscoped project with a bit of a safety net.
leadership  management  lara-hogan 
12 weeks ago
The 1987 NFL Players Strike Created The Modern NFL
McNair’s behind-closed-doors candor should come as no surprise. His “inmates” remark has a direct antecedent that dates to the ’87 strike. As the CBA talks broke down that year, a quote that to this day is widely attributed to Dallas Cowboys president Tex Schramm started making the rounds. “You guys are cattle and we’re the ranchers,” Schramm supposedly told NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw during a late-stage bargaining session in September 1987. “And ranchers can always get more cattle.”
nil  deadpan  strike 
12 weeks ago
Three Ways to Hit Your Deadlines – Jeff Ammons – Medium
Every deadline is made up of three components: a date, a scope of work, and available resources. Often these pieces have varying degrees of flexibility baked into them. Knowing which of these three levers you can adjust will make your projects more successful and allow you to consistently satisfy the stakeholders you serve.
medium  deadline 
12 weeks ago
How to Run Your Own Annual Review – Better Humans
Forget Resolutions—Here’s Your Blueprint for Making Next Year a Smash Hit
medium  resolution  annual-review  life 
12 weeks ago
Joe Moorhead opens up on how he opened up Penn State's offense and why Ricky Rahne can make it work without Saquon Barkley | PennLive.com
This is segment 2 of a 3-parter on that interview, this one dealing with his time at Penn State, the players, the system and how he thinks his friend and replacement Ricky Rahne will adapt. We begin with quarterback Trace McSorley, one of the slickest read-option directors in the history of the offense and the executor of Moorhead’s vision of how the scheme could be run.
joe-moorhead  pennlive  david-jones 
january 2018
Agile Contracting: Discovery, Fixed Budget, Variable Scope
Early client education is key. Convincing clients to go for a discovery workshop is the need and hence your sales team must have deep knowledge about agile too.
agile  discovery 
january 2018
This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake | Thought Catalog
If you find yourself having to regularly indulge in consumer self-care, it’s because you are disconnected from actual self-care, which has very little to do with “treating yourself” and a whole lot do with parenting yourself and making choices for your long-term wellness.
self-care  thought-catalog 
january 2018
Terry Gross, In Conversation
The Fresh Air host on the art of the Q&A, the guest that most surprised her, and how she salvages a tanking interview.
terry-gross  fresh-air  vulture 
january 2018
Dealing with surprising human emotions: desk moves | Lara Hogan
Learning about people’s core needs critically shifted my management style and approach, as I can now better-understand why someone is reacting in such a surprising way to a situation that I don’t perceive as threatening. One of the smartest people I know, Paloma Medina, developed a model to represent folks’ Core Needs: BICEPS1.

Here are humans’ core needs in the BICEPS model:

Belonging
Improvement/​Progress
Choice
Equality/​Fairness
Predictability
Status
management  touring  biceps  lara-hogan 
january 2018
How to Use Storytelling to Rock Your Portfolio Review
In your personal story as a design candidate, your central conflict is that these people don’t know you yet. Savvy designers will recognize this as an “opportunity area.” The portfolio review is a chance to establish your identity in your interviewer’s mind — who you are, and how you think.
portfolio  medium  i’d  storytelling 
january 2018
Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful – Gabriel Weinberg – Medium
A mental model is just a concept you can use to help try to explain things. This post is my attempt to enumerate the mental models that are repeatedly useful to me. This set is clearly biased from my own experience and surely incomplete. I hope to continue to revise it as I remember and learn more.
mental-models  medium  @instapaper 
january 2018
How Designers Turn Into Design Leaders – User Interface 22 – Medium
Management and leadership are not the same thing. Management is about making the team effective at their jobs. Good managers ensure the team has everything they need to get their jobs done. They shield the team from the distractions that might come from others, while ensuring that each team member is given a chance to do their best work.
Management is essential for a design team to succeed. But it’s not design leadership.
management  leadership  @instapaper  medium  design-leadership 
january 2018
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