I’m in the process of building Lab.SixtyFive in Expression Engine - it’s currently on WordPress. Whilst there is no great dissatisfaction with Wordpress, I intend to spend a bit more time developing the blog further, and wanted to put it on a different platform that suits my needs.
I thought this was worth sharing. I caught 20 minutes of Bloomberg this afternoon, as what is happening in the market right now is pretty interesting. There has been a huge sell off of shares across the globe in the past few days. Interestingly, a few companies have avoided the decline in share prices.
Seems I’m constantly switching between Mac OS and Windows 7 at the moment. Windows just continues to frustrate. Here’s a screenshot from the “control panel” of each system. The one that is easy to use is Apple…
In a recent version of the Harvard Business Review, Rita Gunther McGrath talks about how failure can be good for you. I for one have been driven many times by the fear of not doing as well as I had planned, so it was interesting to read how failure is actually a good thing. Here’s some ways that failure can help:
I thought this video was well worth sharing. I’m currently looking for “non-corporate” corporate videos for a project I’m working on. The video below was sent to me via Linked In by Delphine Weiskopf. Great song too!
The question above was one I answered on Quora yesterday that I wanted to share on the blog. CRM installations come heavily customised and as a result are typically expensive. The expectations are high and in my experience (of speaking with others) the end result is often disappointing. So I can understand why these sorts of questions are asked.
Ruth and I don’t do birthday presents. Instead, we normally organise a day of things to do. It’s my birthday weekend and one of the things Roo had lined up was a trip to the Design Museum near London Bridge.
I’ve not posted for a while, so I thought I would get the head phones on, listen to a podcast I’ve been wanting to listen to for a while and write up some key points. It’s a Mixergy podcast on landing pages with the co-founder of Unbounce, Rick Perreault.
Microcopy is getting more kudos in work that I am involved in at the moment. And rightly so. I’ve read a few articles recently on how just the little things can make the difference; like just saying thanks! Anyway, I took some screenshots a while back on welcome messages. Here are 5 good examples of clear messages and simple language.
Over the 4 - 5 months I’ve been tasked with the role of implementing agile development practices at Well Studio (where I’m currently doing some freelance project management). Well Studio and their technical partner are responsible for the design and development of a large location based site in the UK. Given the ongoing requirements and the relationship we have with the site owners (the client), implementing agile was the best option for evolving the site quickly in a controlled fashion.
I started getting into collaboration software and remote working when web apps started taking off. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll see I’m a fan of tools like Basecamp, Freshbooks and instant messenger. I think my interest stems from that fact that I hate commuting and I find it difficult to work effectively in an office 100% of the time. So I was comforted when I read this small article in the LBS Alumni magazine I pinched off a client :o) that covered the future of work - something I’ve written about before.
I was at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising today in Notting Hill. It’s a great collection of designs, products and history that certainly bring back memories. As well as things like a ZX Spectrum and a collection of old Guinness ads, one thing they did have was an old 1950s Wurlitzer jukebox. It’s hard to believe that Jukeboxes used to receive the newest songs first. Even with modern day music services like Songkick, Last.fm and Spotify, the Jukebox seems a much more social way of discovering new music.
In part of providing services to clients or building products the little things tend to get forgotten about. Elements of design like microcopy and error messages are becoming increasingly important. In fact, I recently read an article quoting that