Linked List: May 2015

Google Photos #

Very happy to see this! Facebook and Apple need competition from somewhere that embraces the open web. Also kudos for using astronomical bodies’ & spacecraft names for the filters!

The filters interface.

Ask for Help #

As often as you can, work with people who are smarter than you.

Wabi-sabi #

Wabi-sabi (侘寂) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.

Your Websites Suck #

Baldur Bjarnason:

The web doesn’t suck. Your websites suck.

You destroy basic usability by hijacking the scrollbar. You take native functionality (scrolling, selection, links, loading) that is fast and efficient and you rewrite it with ‘cutting edge’ javascript toolkits and frameworks so that it is slow and buggy and broken. You balloon your websites with megabytes of cruft. You ignore best practices. You take something that works and is complementary to your business and turn it into a liability.

The lousy performance of your websites becomes a defensive moat around Facebook.

Of course, Facebook might still win even if you all had awesome websites, but you can’t even begin to compete with it until you fix the foundation of your business.

Chade-Meng Tan on Neuroplasticity #

More Krishnamurti-like thinking at Google, this time from Chade-Meng Tan:

What we think, do, and pay attention to changes the structure and function of our brains.

ALA Meta-Moments Thoughtfulness by Design #

UXD strives toward frictionless flow: removing impediments to immediate action and looking to increase conversions at all costs. This approach delivers some great results, but it doesn’t always consider the wider story of how we can design and build things that sustain a lasting relationship.

TaskBuster Django Tutorial #

Came across a good, current tutorial (Django 1.8 and Python 3) by Marina Mele while brushing up on Django skills.