Habitable software
“Programmers essentially live in the software they create. Therefore, it is a sensible thing to make sure your software is habitable…This speaks to not only writing software that you are proud of, but also rejecting ideas that will compromise the livability of your software while embracing the practices that enhance the livability.”
5 reasons why enthusiasm is better than confidence
“I think the word ‘confidence’ creates more problems than it solves. I usually advise clients to change the word to ‘enthusiasm’. Here’s why…” [via swissmiss]
Tom Asacker summarizes 2007 trend predictions
One thing to look for: “More ‘Jon Stewartizing’ of marketing and PR: Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ has changed how people consume TV news, getting more from smart comedians on the Comedy Central than the establishment networks’ news broadcasters. Look for more companies to ‘Jon Stewartize’ their Web content, sales meetings, PR programs, similar to what IBM did when it released its hilarious fake mainframe sales training videos on YouTube.”
Wall Street Journal's managing editor talks about the thinking behind the new redesign
“I think we’re now in the environment of continuous change – that if we see an opportunity to gain from change we’ll go for it. There’s nothing that says I’ve done this big thing, don’t talk to me. Maybe you get one day to enjoy the victory in that game, then it’s time to get ready for the next one. You see this particularly on the web.” See the redesign. [via NewsDesigner]
Maggie’s Big Moo highlights
Name something: “If it has a name, your peers can measure it. If it has a name, they can alter it. If it has a name, they can talk about it. And if it has a name, they can eliminate it.” Finish with something remarkable: “Those last five minutes make it easy for your customers to find the difference between you and everyone else.”
In defense of mess
“Messy desks are the vivid signatures of people with creative, limber minds (who reap higher salaries than those with neat ‘office landscapes’) and that messy closet owners are probably better parents and nicer and cooler than their tidier counterparts.”
24 ways: Photographic Palettes
“Choosing effective colour schemes will always be more art than science, but there are things you can do that will make coming up with that oh-so-smooth palette just a little a bit easier. A simple trick that can lead to incredibly gratifying results lies in finding a strong photograph and sampling out particularly harmonious colours.”
Dictionary.com's top 10 looked-up new words for 2006
Includes conversate, metrosexual, barrista, and queif.
50 Greatest Cartoons
Online video links for the 50 Greatest Cartoons as voted on by the animation industry in 1994. [via cynical-c]
Time: “Apple's New Calling: The iPhone”
“Jobs likes things that are broken. It means he can make something that isn’t and sell it to you for a premium price…Apple also places an inordinate emphasis on interface design. It sweats the cosmetic details that don’t seem very important until you really sweat them. ‘I actually have a photographer’s loupe that I use to look to make sure every pixel is right,’ says Scott Forstall, Apple’s head of Platform Experience (whatever that is). ‘We will argue over literally a single pixel.’”