More sound advice…
In Gimmicks and Patterns I wrote that new features either become table stakes, or are dismissed as being gimmicky. As some readers noted, this is a simplification of what happens. The Kano model shows exactly how the slide happens, and explains why any one particular feature or trait will never be a sustainable advantage. Heres how it works
When new features emerge, even the smallest investment in them delights users as they are novel. Take Location for example. even a tiny investment, such as defaulting country and timezone correctly impresses users. As you invest further you really begin to delight them.
Grandmas rule has a common meaning across countries & cultures. At a simple level its usually understood as eat your carrots, then you can have dessert. At a more abstract level its about priorities. Get the important stuff done first, the cool fun stuff can follow. It applies in all disciplines. Lets see some examples.
The separation of structure, presentation and behavior is dead. It has been dead for a while. Still, this golden rule of web design sticks around. It lives on like Elvis and we need to address it.
Decision making… Sounds serious, doesnt it? Thankfully, the whole idea turns out to be quite easy to grasp. But first
At this point you already know what the main elements of productivity are and where to start with GTD. This is all great, but were still lacking one important piece of information
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Your favorite creepy R&B song, now with more Woody Allen, George Clooney, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
As I’m sure you’re aware that there are two versions of the HTML5 specification, one published by the W3C and another by the WHATWG. The living HTML specification maintained by the WHATWG contains additional APIs to those in the W3C HTML5 spec (although generally they are also maintained by the W3C but in separate specifications). Alongside those in the specification are a number of related APIs that form part of the standards stack and are often grouped under the “HTML5” umbrella term. In some cases the APIs have been around and implemented for a while, but they’ve never been documented; something which HTML5 has set out to change. In this article we’re not going to look at code but instead we’ll focus on describing the APIs, their purpose and progress. We’ll then point you in the right direction to find out more.
Billy Joels hit song The River of Dreams (I go walking in the middle of the night) was inspired by a mid-sleep bathroom break at 3am. But in the web design world we cant afford to wait for this kind of inspiration. Generally, we need to come up with new innovative and super creative ideas right now. This is when we usually go into some kind of brainstorming mode, but instead of feeling like a happy River of Dreams it feels more like a Storm of Pressure. However, even these brainstorming sessions can turn into a pressure cooker with their own set of hurdles to jump.
Worth a watch….
Startup folks, looking for inspiration for 2012? TED talks are an awesome source of inspiration. I listen to them on road trips while the kids are sleeping, and I started keeping a list of the talks that were most inspiring to me as an entrepreneur.