The incentives to design Shiny Products are huge.

Written in response to I Only Work On Shiny Products by Jeff Domke. I'll confess that I smirked a little when I saw the list of designer colleagues and friends who recommended "I Only Work On Shiny Products" (which argues...

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Hackers vs. HBO's Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley writes women out of existence. It matters, and we need to talk about it. I recently re-watched Hackers. Wow did I love that movie. I first watched it when I was in college in the mid-90s: the first...

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Tesla's Clever Brand+Product Strategy

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Will Oremus published a column in Slate about the Tesla S luxury sedan. The column was part tech review of the car and part cultural commentary on what it felt like to him to be driving a luxury forefront-of-technology...

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Like being kicked when you're down: Fireworks File Recovery

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Me: Hmm, it's been a little while. About time to save this Fireworks file! [CMD-S] Fireworks CS5: *CRASH* Me: Good thing there's on-crash file recovery. MacOS: BigComplicatedProjectFile.fw.png size 232 bytes Me: Oh fuck. It lost my work. Why doesn't...

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Inbox Surprise via @iansilber

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via @iansilber: "This reminds me of an app I made called Inbox Surprise that would basically allow you to spam someone's inbox with something like this: http://cl.ly/3C08030R3M1v1P3M3s0l. Basically take ascii art and deliver each line as a new email....

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Groupon is hiring UX people, all levels, all functions.

All roles can be in our Palo Alto product / development office or in our Chicago HQ. We're looking for people in all roles who have a strong grounding in design theory, human cognition, and technical knowledge -- the classic...

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New job as Dir of UX at Groupon

Today seems like an opportune time to announce that tomorrow is my last day working at LinkedIn. On Monday I'll start a new job as Groupon's director of user experience, out of their Palo Alto office. I wasn't at LinkedIn...

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Disjoint thoughts on productivity

Fried goes on to suggest that the perceived distractions of Facebook and web surfing at work are false, with "M&Ms" (managers & meetings) making up greater, involuntary, more disruptive and expensive distractions. -- http://gigaom.com/collaboration/jason-fried-why-work-doesnt-happen-at-work/ Disparate non-narrative thoughts: I've lately been...

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LinkedIn Today: Congrats to LI UED members...

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LinkedIn just launched LinkedIn Today, its social news aggregator for professionals. Props to the members of the LI UED team who have been hammering away at this for the past many months. Sarah Alpern, Principal Designer. Sarah was the designer...

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UI shit like this drives me *batty*: I hate Outlook

A snippet of a chat I had today with a coworker:Monday, January 24, 2011 11:56 Ellen Beldner: outlook is a bitch so i'm just going ot communicate with you via chat so: Liz scheduled a brainstorm tomorrow during our 1:1...

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Should you take a pay cut to work at a startup?

Elad Gil: Bootstrapping: Raise Debt From Your Employees Elad has written several interesting posts about getting a startup running. I worked with Elad and Othman, cofounders of Mixer Labs, doing a little bit of design consulting when they were just...

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Statistical linguistics made possible by Google Books

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19877-googles-fossil-record-digitises-5-million-books.html Already, researchers have traced the accelerating evolution of the English language, mapped the rise and fall of various people, and uncovered patterns of censorship and suppression in Soviet Russia, modern China, and 1950s America - and that's only a...

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Apple: Dual-Link fail; Store product review fail.

At our company almost everyone uses a MacBook Pro with a 30" Dell monitor. We all frequently have the DVI distortion issues that Gizmodo reported. (I've had my display fritz out twice in the past hour, for example.) Apple has...

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Dear Pandora: Popup FAIL

I was tuning up a new station and all of a sudden, something clicked -- you started playing music I wanted to hear. I wanted to buy a couple of albums with songs you had played. So I clicked in...

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Out of control outgoing links

Okay, I already knew that I hate and detest the new-ish Facebook practice in which you don't just navigate to outgoing links; you get taken to a Facebook page with the site you were trying to visit loaded into a...

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Really annoying Fireworks CS4 bug with "large nudge" command

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