The designer may work tirelessly to create an elegant, highly-crafted auction site, but that isn’t sufficient for success when the incumbent you are competing against has strong network effects in their favor. In addition to having a great product, you need a distribution strategy that can solve your “chicken and egg” or “cold start” problem.
Good design is crucial, but it’s only one of many parts that make a product successful.
When Good Design Isn’t Enough — Design + Startups — Medium
Michelle Schulp redesigned the WordPress Template Hierarchy to make it easier to use. Based on her design, Rami Abraham already created an HTML Version. I think they both did a very good job and i am sure this will find it’s way into the Codex sooner or later.
As a person with a passion for infographics and simplifying the display of data, I am always looking for ways to make information more clear. The world is filled with an ever-increasing amount of data, but this data is only useful to us if it is usable. A well designed infographic makes even the most complex ideas understandable, but a poorly designed infographic can make simple ideas needlessly confusing. It is this exact usability issue that plagues most infographics today, even within a place I seem to be spending an ever-increasing amount of my time: the WordPress Codex.
Redesigning The WordPress Template Hierarchy – Marktime Media.
Out of the approximately 10,000 news stories you have read in the last 12 months, name one that – because you consumed it – allowed you to make a better decision about a serious matter affecting your life, your career or your business. The point is: the consumption of news is irrelevant to you. But people find it very difficult to recognise what’s relevant.
A good article about how news affect our brains and our ability to concentrate and eventually to think. Would be an interesting experiment to stop reading daily news and focus more on books and long form articles for at least a month or so. Maybe i’ll give it a try.
News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier | Media | The Guardian.
Creating a high quality WordPress Theme is about more than just a nice design. What’s going on under the hood is equally important: using the right Template files, writing clean code and testing for all kinds of content.
Luckily there is a wealth of information, plugins and other helpful tools available on the web. This is an overview of the best resources to help you develop Themes according to the best practices.
Fränk Klein composed a handy list of resources on WordPress Theme Development Best Practices. Definitely something to bookmark.
WordPress Theme Development Best Practices – Fränk Klein.
March 17, 2013
There was a lot of rumble when Instagram changed their licensing somewhen last year. I never used Instagram for myself, but i know that a lot of creative people left frustrated because of that. Some of them completely stopped sharing images on social networks, some where moving (back) to flickr or to 500px, which might be somewhat better in terms of licensing, but still are third party solution.
I thought there has to be a way to solve this with WordPress and searched for Apps/Plugins etc. but i couldn’t find what i was looking for. If there only was an app, kind of like Instagram or flickr, which would let us connect and share our images directly to our own WordPress Installations, instead of a third party service. It would let us build our own Photo Stream, our own Instagrams, completely self-controlled and not depending on someone else. It would be awesome.
It’s easy to move the cursor from Amazon’s main dropdown to its submenus. You won’t run into the bootstrap bug. They get away with this by detecting the direction of the cursor’s path.
Ben Kamens (lead dev at Khan Academy) takes a look at how Amazon handles their Mega-Dropdown.
He even wrote a little jQuery Plugin and shared it on GitHub.
Breaking down Amazon’s mega dropdown – Ben Kamens.
March 9, 2013
Josh Long an Drew Wilson made a very good example of “executing” when they wrote a whole book about executing in only 8 days from idea to finish. It’s a long time ago since i read a complete book on one day and i really enjoyed it. It’s fascinating to see how something as awesome as Space Box was built in just five days and learn a little bit about the mindset of the developer behind it, Drew Wilson. I honestly didn’t expected that much of inspiration from this book and i can definitely recommend to read it.
I’ll share some thoughts i had while and after reading this book.
There are decentralized alternatives to any of the services and platforms above. Self-hosted, open source solutions. But hardly anybody uses them. They will forever rot in the forgotten world of nerd tools on SourceForge, BitBucket or GitHub. A few idealists may try to give them a chance and probably will give up sooner or later, realizing that it’s all about global adoption.
But does this really mean that a more open, decentralized approach to a social web and all these tools we use will always be doomed to fail? I don’t think so. It’s up to us. We have the chance to make a big impact on the future of the web.
I just recently played around a bit with app.net, and i loved the decentralized idea behind tent.io when i read about it. But many of those tools are too complicated and too geeky for normal users to use today.
Bastian Allgeier did a very good job in not only pointing out problems we have today but also a solution which might not be a reality in a few weeks or months, but could definitely be possible. I would love to see something like this becoming a reality. And i’m sure it will, in some form or another!
The Future Of The Web — A Draft – TNG – The Nitty Gritty.