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Rarely say yes to feature requests - Inside Intercom. Here’s a simple set of Yes/No questions that you can quickly answer before you add another item to your product roadmap.

Rarely say yes to feature requests - Inside Intercom

Saying yes to a feature request – whether it’s a to an existing customer, a product enquiry, a teammate, or a manager – is immediately rewarding. It’s an unspoken transaction where you barter long term product focus in exchange for short term satisfaction. Buying short term joy for the cost of long term pain is the human condition. Previously we’ve written about how product strategy means saying no, but a list of reasons to reject a feature isn’t as immediately useful as a test that any new feature must pass. Lots of our readers made that exact point to us too: Why cards are the future of the web. Cards are fast becoming the best design pattern for mobile devices.

Why cards are the future of the web

We are currently witnessing a re-architecture of the web, away from pages and destinations, towards completely personalised experiences built on an aggregation of many individual pieces of content. Content being broken down into individual components and re-aggregated is the result of the rise of mobile technologies, billions of screens of all shapes and sizes, and unprecedented access to data from all kinds of sources through APIs and SDKs. This is driving the web away from many pages of content linked together, towards individual pieces of content aggregated together into one experience. Skeuomorph. A skeuomorph /ˈskjuːəmɔrf/ is a derivative object that retains ornamental design cues from structures that were necessary in the original.[1] Examples include pottery embellished with imitation rivets reminiscent of similar pots made of metal[2] and a software calendar that imitates the appearance of binding on a paper desk calendar.[3] Definition and purpose[edit] Skeuomorph is compounded from the Greek: skéuos, σκεῦος (container or tool), and morphḗ, μορφή (shape).

Skeuomorph

Keyboard history. What is the QWERTY keyboard?

keyboard history

The first six letters at the top left of your keyboard spell it out QWERTY. This arrangement of letters, along with the other 20 on the traditional keyboard were actually arranged that way to make the job of typing more difficult. The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar. I was going for the polar opposite of Hercules, taking every descriptor and looking for its opposite.

The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar

But yes, I guess monster would work. Bit cliche, though, innit? It's what people expect, what with Hercules having fought all the monsters. What Drives Consumer Adoption Of New Technologies? I'm participating in a panel discussion this morning during the offsite of a major media company.

What Drives Consumer Adoption Of New Technologies?

They sent me a list of questions in preparation of the event. One of the questions was the title of this post; "What drives consumer adoption of new technologies? ". It's an interesting question and one I've never tried to answer directly in writing. But it's also a question we attempt to answer every day in our firm as we evaluate thousands of new startups every year. Fred Wilson’s 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps. Screw the Power Users. I designed HomeSite and TopStyle for power users.

Screw the Power Users

Only power users would want to edit HTML & CSS by hand, so I made sure to cater to them. Those products were filled with features and tool buttons, and their settings dialogs contained dozens of geeky options. Customers liked them that way. I liked them that way, too. But then I made FeedDemon. The end of the killer feature. At The Economist Ideas Economy event Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, in an excellent talk about open source software, proclaimed the end of the killer feature.

The end of the killer feature

He asked the packed audience of high profile influentials how many people use Firefox, and how many of them have a plugin installed – and a good percentage of them raised their hands. He’s got a point. For many kinds of products, it’s the end of the killer feature. Criticism and Two Way Streets. A post by Jason Fried titled “Give it 5 minutes” reminded me of a great technique I learned about from Bill Buxton.

Criticism and Two Way Streets

Bill is a Principal Researcher in Microsoft where his main role focuses on designing a company that permits great design to happen. As many have learned to their peril, it’s not simply a case of just dumping talent in a room full of Ikea furniture. In large companies you have to design the process that creates design. One key idea Bill advocates is an emphasis on exploring the solution space before iterating on a solution. Google noobs. Amine(16 Jul, 2011)ReplyxD !!!

Google noobs

LoL Own3d Noob xD OMG lol(7 Mar, 2012)Replylol. Internet noobs are the worst type O' noobs. Ne peut pas être Apple ou Google qui veut.

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  1. Patrice Sep 23 2009
    A couple of nice stuffs I add from time to time on the functionnal design topic... but no attempt whatsoever to be exaustive!