Lessons learned from Dreamhost’s billing debacle
“The moral of this story is that ‘flexibility’ is rarely desired in programming! The less a program will accept/the less a program will do/the less options and preferences it has, the more usable it is/the more understandable it is/the more stable it is. Tough Love When designing a program, you’ve got to make some tough decisions .. and when you really can’t decide if this is something your users will need someday, err on the side of leaving it out.”
1960s Braun products hold the secrets to Apple's future
“Some people will probably call these examples a ‘rip-off’ but, in a world where industrial design and art is constantly being recycled into new work, I just see Apple’s products as a great evolution to classic concepts. Now, as I look at Rams’ work I can’t help but to wonder: which of these old Braun designs will Apple revive next?”
Steve Jobs on the Kindle
“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore. Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”
Profile of Tumblr’s David Karp
“Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Mr. Karp continued, have a tendency to cash out early. ‘I want to build something I’d be happy to be employed by 10 years out,’ he said. ‘The idea of Tumblr employing 40 people in two years is such an incredible idea.’”
Does bad design influence a site’s community?
“MySpace, with its cluttered layout, can suggest an online incarnation of the broken-windows theory—surface disorder begetting actual chaos.”
iPhone bookmark iconage
“If you’re wondering how to control the icon that gets generated for your webpage with the new 1.1.3 iPhone release look no further than Apple’s iPhone Dev Center. Apple has added a section called “Create a WebClip Bookmark Icon” and it calls for a 57×57 pixel icon. After some testing today I’ve concluded this recommended sizing results in a fuzzy icon, largely due to the iPhone being a 163 ppi display. Instead of sticking with the recommended sizing I bumped it up to 158×158. When this gets scaled you’ll be left with a crisp icon that sits nicely amongst Apples crisp icons.”
TASCHEN Book: Illustration Now, Vol. 2
“This installment presents a completely new selection of 150 illustrators from all around the world. Whereas the first volume brought together a fascinating mix of star illustrators and brand new faces that together formed the face of illustration around the world, Illustration Now! 2 is even more exciting, featuring illustrators from 25 countries, with styles ranging from cutting edge to traditional.”