H ow do we change the structure of systems to produce more of what we want and less of that which is undesirable?
April 12, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. With the 99% Spring up and rolling and set to bring 100,000 new activists to the party this weekend, there's some increased friction between various progressive groups who are working to expand the movement this year.
“Take a job that you love. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?” - Warren Buffett [ Tweet this Quote ] The Power of Continued Education
Before signing up for your local startup accelerator or incubator, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Is your pitch perfected? Does it matter which group you join?
This overview features a hand-picked and organized selection of the most useful and popular Smashing Magazine’s articles featuring various building blocks of a website and published here over all the years. Call to Action Buttons: Examples and Best Practices Call to action in web design — and in user experience (UX) in particular — is a term used for elements in a web page that solicit an action from the user. The most popular manifestation of call to action in web interfaces comes in the form of clickable buttons that when clicked, perform an action (e.g. "Buy this now!")
For the past two years, the elegant iPhone has housed some of the most poorly designed applications you could imagine. The hype surrounding iPhone has prompted many designers across the globe to try their skills with the new mobile medium. The result are literally thousands of various iPhone-applications that are often hardly usable and counter-intuitive. However, some designers invest a lot of time and efforts into creating usable and original user interfaces (yes, there are usable and creative UIs). This article explores the ways in which designers use graphical elements and screen interactions to create iPhone-applications that are easy on the eyes and mind . The aim of this article is to display common trends and design approaches in iPhone app design – please notice that they are not necessarily optimal ones from the design or usability point of view.
According to AdMob, the iPhone operating system makes up 50% of the worldwide smartphone market , with the next-highest OS being Android at 24%. Sales projections for the Apple iPad run anywhere from one to four million units in the first year. Like it or not, the iPhone OS, and Safari in particular, have become a force to be reckoned with for Web developers.
The iPhone 4 features a vastly superior display resolution (614400 pixels) over previous iPhone models, containing quadruple the 153600-pixel display of the iPhone 3GS. The screen is the same physical size, so those extra dots are used for additional detail — twice the detail horizontally, and twice vertically. For developers only using Apple’s user interface elements, most of the work is already done for you.
Steve Job's Technical Co-Founder “I’ve got this HUGE idea. I just need to find a technical co-founder .” Ugh. I’ve heard that too many times over the last few years and it almost always ends badly .
Alex Goldfayn’s new book is called Evangelist Marketing: What Apple Amazon and Netflix Understand About Their Customers (That Your Company Probably Doesn’t). He is CEO of the Evangelist Marketing Institute , a marketing consultancy with clients that include T-Mobile, TiVo and Logitech. Experience is the enemy of thinking big.
Adam Smith, in Wealth of Nations , talked about an ” invisible hand “. Basically, by businesses pursuing their own interests, they end up helping society much more than they had intended, led by an “invisible hand”. “…he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention… By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it.”
The good news is that it’s easier than you think to get 1,000 people to try your site. The bad news is that it’s really hard to get those people to turn into users, users that create an account, users that come back repeatedly and users that tell their friends about your site. This post is about how to get 1,000 people to try your site so you can find out what isn’t working, iterate and keep trying to build a site that people, other than your mom, actually come back to. I’ll write a future post on how to retain those users. Get Yourself a Domain Name and a Splash Page You should set up your splash page today.
Update: 01/10/2012 : The original version of this article by Jen Gordon was published in August 2009. It was thoroughly revised and updated by the author in September 2012. — Editorial Team Since the iTunes App Store launched in 2008, over 500,000 apps have been approved by Apple, and thousands more app ideas are scrawled on napkins across the world every day. But question remains, how can a person with limited technical skills create an iPhone app?
72 Hacks & Beliefs to Live & Work on Your Terms – from People Actually Doing it (World Domination Summit RecapWritten by Scott Dinsmore – Follow me on Twitter . “Be impeccably you. Boldness means pushing.
Editor’s note : This guest post is written by Aileen Lee , Partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers , where she focuses on investing in consumer internet ventures. Full disclosure: some of the companies mentioned below are KPCB-backed companies, including One Kings Lane, Klout and Plum District (both of which count Lee as a board member). You can read more about Lee at KPCB.com and follow her on twitter at @aileenlee . As I’ve written about before , we’re in an amazing period of the consumer Internet. Despite a shaky economy, many web companies are in hypergrowth.