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
Mogadishu, a play about racism, bullying, parenting, bureaucracy and love is on at The Lyric, Hammersmith, from the 3rd March to 2nd April. The writing, stage design and acting are all incredible. Go and see it.
I’ve used Basecamp for a while now - and recommended it to many - so I thought I’d document some of my learnings on how to make it work for the average small company. This is not a definitive list and it doesn’t mean it’s all been a success, but if you are reading this and thinking about trialling Basecamp or are struggling with it then the following points should help.
Prague is my favourite city. I lived there for a year and still feel all nostalgic when I think of all culture, architecture and history. In the area called old town square there is an astronomical clock, which in October celebrated it’s 600th year. It’s an amazing construction and I’ve recently found this video of the celebrations that took place. Some amazing effects…
This is a great idea and business. But what makes it even nicer is the fact that Boxsmart employs more than 500 physically and mentally challenged adults throughout the US. A great initiative. And that’s why I put it on the blog - worth sharing.
Having just bought Brian Suda‘s book on Designing With Data I’ve been drawn by poor examples and bad examples of simple charts and graphs. In the video below Hans Rosling presents how life expectancy and wealth have changed over the last 200 years. To quote him; “pretty cool”.
New tools, new systems, new processes are a pain right? Someone has come up with why the business needs to invest in this shiny new application that’s going to improve productivity by 400% and you’ve gone for it.
Given where we are now with technology and the web, what does the face of standard business practice look like?
You could say it’s changed over the years - a move to electronic money, the introduction of the PC, email and even simple things like digital projectors (all which seem pretty old now). Whatever device it is technology always has a say on how people do business, and run their business.
There is something in the air. A change, maybe. A different way of looking at things. You know what you’re doing is just not you or just not the way it should be, but can’t put your finger on how to change. Don’t worry, help is at hand, as the advice and tips that Ian Sanders gives in his book - Juggle! Rethink Work, Reclaim your Life - may just help you dig deeper.