Archive for January, 2007

Mommy, what's a pattern library?

January 31, 2007

links for 2007-01-29

January 29, 2007

Million-dollar product ideas

January 29, 2007

Here’s three ideas for products that will make you millions if you can figure out how to manufacture and sell them:

  1. Self-disentangling (or non-tangling) iPod earbud cords
  2. Ear grease cleaner for mobile phones
  3. A remote that mutes the TV as it turns on its power.

Send me a thank you note when you make your first million.

links for 2007-01-26

January 26, 2007

links for 2007-01-25

January 25, 2007

Pardon our dust

January 24, 2007

I got tired of the old design and wanted to take advantage of some of the new-er features of the blog software I’m using, so I’ve temporarily redone the design with one of their canned themes. Soon I’ll start tweaking the typography and colors and spacing and such and adding back in some of the features stranded in the old design.

User experience is not about brands, is it?

January 24, 2007

Peterme fights the good fight in Experience design is not about brands at the AP blog, defending “experience” jargon from the grasping advertising types.

Blogs due for an information design overhaul?

January 22, 2007

John Battelle’s Searchblog: The Blog Merchandising Problem, or, Blogs, V 2.0 (2.1? 3.0?)… (via Jay Fienberg)
The great power of blogs has always been simplicity, but are we ready to go to the next step?

Another theory of the origin of the name Yahoo

January 22, 2007

Rodney Koeneke hears it came from Junglee, a Bollywood film from 1961.

Today ze show, tomorrow ze world!

January 20, 2007

Unsurprisingly, Ze Frank is going all Hollywood in the near future.
Last year at SXSW (at least I think it was last year, and not 2005), I ended up going out to dinner with my Austin guru, some folks from WorldChanging, and I think David Pescovitz or maybe I just chatted with him at some party later on, and a very tall witty guy who I felt like I should know but didn’t, who was talking about the work he was doing mainly giving talks on creativity.
It was much later (that night) that I realized this was Ze Frank, the Ze Frank. Probably because he is so much taller than I, the angle on his face was different from his usual bug-eyed unblinking full frontal in his videos and more recently on The Show.
I’m kind of glad I didn’t recognize him and go all fanboy. Instead I probably acted aloof, and that’s cool, right? After all, did he really want another person saying, “Hey, I got your How to Dance animated gif forwarded to me back in the day. I’ve been a big fan for yea long!”
Meanwhile, he is a creative force of nature who should make me feel envious and insecure but who instead inspires me not to get hooked on brain crack and I’m not surprised he is about to cross over to the mainstream and I’m sure he’ll knock him dead in Hollywood town.