Joshua Platt

“If you aren’t solving a problem then you aren’t designing.”

— Kyle Steed

“When we try to get ideas out there, we have to understand it’s not just the idea that matters. The marketing, the business, and more have to be designed with just as much detail. It’s our job to figure all these parts of this ecosystem out.”

— Bill Buxton

Michael Schechter on Free Services

“If Facebook buying Instagram pissed you off, I have a suggestion. Don’t just stop using Instagram, stop using free social networks and services period. Stop using sites like Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare or Pinterest, because it is a given that they will all inevitably let you down in favor of the bottom line1. More often than not, when you actually quit a service, it’s not because they were evil. It’s just because they either became useless...

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“When a thing has to be attempted, one must never think about possibility or impossibility.”

— C.S. Lewis

On Rdio

I was in high school when iTunes was first released. I stayed up until 2 am carefully crafting my first playlist from ripped CDs. Tracks were added based on how they fit the mood of the playlist. The last note of each track had to flow into the first note of the next. The finishing touch was a pseudo-poetic title like “as we lay dying”. The next school day I shared my freshly burned playlist...

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Product Storytellers

“A product is more than an idea, it's more than a website, and it's more than a transaction or list of functionalities. A product should provide an experience or service that adds value to someone's life through fulfilling a need or satisfying a desire. The ultimate question then becomes: who identifies that value? After the executive or stakeholder identifies the initial idea, who in the organization ensures that the product and experience deliver value to...

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Less, but Better

A collection of Braun electronics from the Dieter Rams era. His “less, but better” approach to design produced incredibly timeless products. They look just as modern today as they did when first released.

I think we are entering an era of design which will produce timeless software interfaces. We can see it already. Things like iA Writer & Byword are replacing Word© for writers. What a great time to be designing interfaces.

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