the color of flurries in the sky north of New York City
FEED interview with Karyn Kusama, director of Girlfight: “…I think collaboration needs an auteur. I am the writer and the director, and I’m happy to say I didn’t design it or shoot it. It’s liberating to give up control to the people you trust. I think that’s love.”
The usability lifecycle argues for an iterative design process. This is totally where my head is at these days – apparently I agree with Nielson on something.
Still, all three of these methods – iteration, waterfall, and just-do-it – happen at some level of granularity in a project. For example, design may begin with a just-do-it idea, because you have to start somewhere. The design process may happen iteratively, then be “waterfalled” (sorry, I know that’s not a word) to a shop to be built (and this whole process may be repeated iteratively). So when discussing this we need to talk about the scope of activities the process addresses. Nielson is discussing it at a project level, but when you’re actually doing it, it ain’t that simple.
the color of stress as it builds up and chokes your brain so that you can’t figure out what to work on first…
Garrison Keillor’s monologue in “A Prarie Home Companion” always starts with, “It’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my home town…” I need one of those, a lead in.
Here’s some interesting design pattern-ish descriptions of Early Development. I love starting a new project with these ideas in hand.
Best sign yet that the digital consulting business is hurting. First some background: We recently lost a new business pitch to another, much smaller company. We really liked the client and it seemed like a tough decision for them. We stayed in touch with them just to see how things were going. Good thing, because the situation with the other consulting company didn’t go well and two months later we have the business.
But the part that shocked me was what happened when the client fired the other digital consulting firm. The firm actually yelled at the client. Here’s a client firing consultants for shoddy work and the consultants completely lose it. After meeting the client myself they seem like the most rational, honorable people I’ve met in awhile. I’m concluding those consultants were really desperate and losing it meant losing approximately 20% of their total business, business that’s not so easy to replace these days.
New York Times article on usability testing at Fidelity
Yesterday I read a story in Fast Company about Patagonia, a favorite company of mine. It mentions how they built the walls of their distribution center with compressed straw, which is more eco-friendly than using virgin building materials.
This morning I realized the weather in the Northeast is demonstrating its annual change of summer to autumn in the course of one weekend. So I removed my window air conditioner, an autumn ritual for apartment dwellers in these parts. In the space between the air conditioner and the window sill a bird had built a nest out of straw (landscapers had recently planted new grass around the house and spread straw over the seedlings). There’s a fun parallel; I’m imagining the little birds at Patagonia flitting around with needles in their beaks sewing Baby Aviator Hats.
I just saw Girlfight, and I wept, a lot. A movie about boxing made me cry, that’s how awesome this film is.
It’s also great to see a Latina lead role, and even better the role was a believable everyday person, so rare in film these days. Reminded me of Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Talk about syncronicity…this new story in the NY Times about bar codes explores their future potential. Maybe bar coding our flesh isn’t such a bad idea after all.