When your avatar takes on a life of its own

March 2, 2015

Looks like some people won’t stop at nothing to make a few bucks. Chelsea Otakan experienced it first hand when her portrait showed up on different websites, complete with testimonials she never wrote and sometimes even a completely made up biography.

The search turned up 203 results and none of the results on the first page were actually me. There were dozens of fake testimonials bearing my likeness

Maybe you should take that next testimonial you read with a grain of salt.

Loved that last sentence.

Perhaps if you can’t get your customers to say good things you can put on your website, you need to make a better product.

My avatar took on a life of its own

Useful Mac

March 1, 2015

Useful Mac is a new blog by Garret Murray about tools and tricks for mac users. Here’s what he has to say about it:

And so, dear reader, I look forward to sharing some of this experience with you. I fancy myself someone with good taste, a discerning eye for excellent user experience and design, and someone who loves sharing interesting or useful information with others. Let’s take a journey together toward a prettier, more powerful, more Useful Mac.

I just learned about this tool called Bartender to de-clutter my menu bar, which is really cool. Looking forward to more such things.

Useful Mac

SpinPress Issue #1

February 26, 2015

After a beta-period and a free issue, today SpinPress launched it’s first paid issue. If you don’t know SpinPress, it’s a digital magazine all around WordPress which comes in the form of a custom App for iOS, Android and Kindle and can also be read in a browser.

SpinPress is the newest kid on the block. It’s an innovative digital magazine all about the WordPress community and ecosystem. We regularly release new issues containing high-quality content from various authors all over the World.

The first issue’s topics range from news about WordPress 4.1.1 “Dinah”, an in-depth look at the Desk writing app by John Saddington, an Interview with Adii Pienaar (Co-Founder of WooThemes) about his new project “Receiptful”, best ways to Back Up Multiple WP Sites, showcases about hot plugins and themes and many other things.

Go ahead and grab the first issue, it’s only 5.99$ and well worth the price!

SpinPress Issue #1 Available

A Year from Now You May Wish You Had Started Today

(Karen Lamb)


February 23, 2015

Paul Graham wrote this great piece about “What Doesn’t Seem Like Work“. I don’t believe that you can ever get the best you could be in something if you don’t like it. Of course we can all learn pretty much anything. But if it isn’t the thing you’re truly passionate about, the outcome won’t be as good as it could be. Maybe it will be mediocre, ok-ish, maybe even good. But certainly not the best it could be.

If something that seems like work to other people doesn’t seem like work to you, that’s something you’re well suited for. For example, a lot of programmers I know, including me, actually like debugging. It’s not something people tend to volunteer; one likes it the way one likes popping zits. But you may have to like debugging to like programming, considering the degree to which programming consists of it.

I cannot believe how many people are choosing to work in positions they don’t like. We all tend to think that we don’t have much of a choice. But that’s only true for a handful of people. Most of us have a choice to do whatever we want. So start looking for the thing that doesn’t seem like work today and keep pushing in that direction.

Paul Graham – “What Doesn’t Seem Like Work”

Jonathan Ive and the Future of Apple – The New Yorker

February 22, 2015

Finally found some time on this lazy Sunday afternoon to read the New Yorker’s profile of Jonathan Ive by Ian Parker which gives some very inspiring insights into the way the design team at Apple works. Also, i really enjoy the way Ive seems to be obsessed by the geometry of rounded corners. It’s exactly that obsessive attention to detail that separates Apple from most other product companies.

“At the risk of sounding terribly sentimental, I do think one of the things that just compel us is that we have this sense that, in some way, by caring, we’re actually serving humanity,” he said. “People might think it’s a stupid belief, but it’s a goal—it’s a contribution that we can hope we can make, in some small way, to culture.”

One of the things that resonated with me is this idea that good design is first and foremost about respect. Respect for the person that will eventually use what you build. Not about the style and look of something, not about selling something but about deeply caring how to best solve a problem. I honestly never really thought about design that way before reading “Design for the Real World” by Victor Papanek a while ago. Which by the way is one of the best books about design and you should read it right after this article. But i digress.

Won’t spoil you with any more quotes. It’s a very long read, but totally worth it. Grab yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and read the whole thing.

The New Yorker – The Shape of Things to Come


February 21, 2015

Last week this jQuery Plugin popped up a lot on different channels. First: Yes, it looks pretty! But quick and easy? Not really.

I could imagine something like this could work for simple select fields, where you have just a handful of options to choose from. Maybe for the order quantity in a checkout process or something like that. But for a date-picker it doesn’t cut it.

Datedropper jQuery Plugin