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By Christoph Ono, builder at GBKS, and tweetable at @GBKS.

When we build, let us think that we build forever.

3/23/17Quote

When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our father did for us." — John Ruskin

When Genuine Data Leads to Disingenuous Conclusions

3/23/17TechNews

The challenge with data is that the truth lies in the interpretation. Without context genuine data can lead to disingenuous conclusions. This is why data can not be put out in the public without context. Yet this is exactly what happens. It creates a scenario where a media industry who thrives on negativity can take genuine data, miss the context, and create stories around a false narrative. It is not their fault entirely. It is the fault of the data firms who release data to the public, without proper interpretation or context, and allow the media industry to draw their own conclusion, and often a false one.

It doesn’t run on mobile

3/23/17FlashMobile

The bedroom designer is a god to creativity. They’re young, packed full of creative ideas, have parents that bring them free food and most of all they can work through an idea on their own…with the right tools. Unfortunately what the new toolsets had brought was a need to have a large team of multi disciplined workers that combined their different skillets to make the whole. The chances of one kid being proficient in 3D mapping, modelling, programming, web development and most of all, being full of great ideas, is slim to none. Flash had always given the bedroom designer enough tools to pick up the basics of coding and to run with it. Those same kids were now faced with a wall of complex tools that could take them years to master. If I were that teenager, I’d fuck it all off and go and watch the telly. My career over before it began.

How one second could cost Amazon 1.6 Billion in sales

3/23/17Speed

...one in four people abandons surfing to a website if its page takes longer than four seconds to load. That's just four "Mississippis," guys. Four in 10 Americans give up accessing a mobile shopping site that won't load in just three seconds.

Amazon's calculated that a page load slowdown of just one second could cost it $1.6 billion in sales each year. Google has calculated that by slowing its search results by just four tenths of a second they could lose 8 million searches per day--meaning they'd serve up many millions fewer online adverts.

Startup School 2013 Notes

3/23/17Tech

Great visual, interactive booklet with sketch notes of all the talks. Lots of nice little bits to ponder. I first wrote down the idea of Wookmark in 2009, and the site has been up for roughly two years. Lots of exciting things have happened along the way, but sometimes it feels like a grind. That's when it's nice to hear those stories from other people that are also spending their time building stuff.

Designer bullshit backfire. (How designers have created a monster)

3/23/17DesignCulture

Recently SomeOne’s Hudl brand for Tesco had a rationale that was called out as ‘Designer Jargon Bullshit’ on the Creative Review blog. This struck me as entirely unfair and a clear example of bullshit backfire. The line the commenter took issue with was as follows: “[The star] is a solar system metaphor that reflects Hudl being at the centre of a digital orbit, and of family life” …Which might sound a bit overstated and outlandish, sure. But it’s the idea. Of course it’ll sound like bullshit. If you told someone Yahoo! was all about adventure, it’d sound like bullshit too. But it’s just the starting idea. It’s designers talking to other designers about where the idea came from. That’s the bit they leave out when pitching to clients for fear of sounding like a twat. Or leave in to sound incredibly artistic and insightful and blow smoke up the clients’ arses depending on how they operate. Either way, it’s the patently overblown starting point for a lot of rational decision making later on. If you start off with something really rational, you’re going to end up with a real fucking grind of a project once you’ve re-rationalised everything in a really rational way. Start with something that sounds mental and you’ve a much stronger chance of ending up with something interesting afterwards. So don’t call it bullshit. I know it certainly sounds like bullshit, but it’s actually much more delicate than that. It’s the concept made to look like bullshit so the client won’t hate it.

Managing Platforms Is a Human Art

3/23/17Community

The key to understanding and managing platforms lies not in new codecs or product concepts, or in advanced management classes at Ivy League business schools. Rather, the best teacher might be the Kenyan wilderness, the original Valley which birthed the first human societies, the earliest adopters of technology. Managing a platform, even one which is cutting-edge, real-time and robust, is like managing an African ecosystem, one which is ancient, messy and thriving with life.

Tell a story

3/23/17Capcam

Shitty pictures of your food are all over the Internet. Sites like Instagram are loaded with photo after photo of lumpy goo. What you’re trying to share is the joy you feel when the waiter delivers that beautifully plated pork chop. But your photo doesn’t tell the story of that experience. Your photo rips away the delicious smell, the beautiful room, the anticipation of eating, and the presence of people you love. Instead, think of your photo as a story. When people tell stories, they think about how to communicate the entirety of their experience to someone else. They set the stage, introduce characters, and give us a reason to care. Of course, that’s hard to do in a single photo, but if you think in terms of story, could you find a better way to communicate your experience? How about a picture of the menu, or of your smiling dinner companions? Anything’s better than the greasy puddles you have decided any human with access to the Internet should be able to see.

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