A new rifle goes on sale this week, and it’s not like any other. It uses lasers and computers to make shooters very accurate. A startup gun company in Texas developed the TrackingPoint rifle, which is so effective that some in the shooting community say it should not be sold to the public.
Photo: Courtesy of TrackingPoint
This is what the world needs.
It’s Not Subjective
- Find and follow the things you love
- Share photos, gifs, video, quotes, chats, links, and text
By Tumblr taking the lead and releasing a native app, I think it forces other major social networks to reevaluate their stance on Windows Phone. This could be a pretty big moment for Microsoft.
letterboxd - Uses famous movie quotes as their Captcha during sign up.
Just because I can string a bunch of words together in a pleasing order does not mean that I know what the hell I’m talking about.
In other words, I am not nearly as learned as I think I am, nor as smart as I wish I were.
Nor as crazy as I want to be.
Wireframes Aren’t Dead, They Just Shouldn’t Be Shared
I’m an architect. It’s not fair of me to show a blueprint to someone that isn’t an architect and expect them to understand the intention. I must show them the artist’s render to create the emotional response.
I still believe in using wireframes for my own comprehension and I share them with people who grasp what they mean. But if I don’t think my audience will understand I will either make a high-fidelity mock-up of the end result or I’ll just build it in something like Bootstrap to help them get a feel for the application.
Dynamic Range on Flickr.
One of my favorite shots of Chicago I’ve taken so far. I love the architecture here but the nerd in me is completely blown away by the dynamic range of the Fuji X10. There is a lot of complex lighting going on here and it seems like I got every detail from every light source without making the shadows look black. Wow.
Sure enough, black just became blue again.
Goodbye, old friend.
I hate this. I miss my black background.
Tulip on Flickr.
Some great macro you have there, Fuji X10.
OS X - Adjust the volume in 1/4 increments with shift+alt+volume keys.
Yep, had no idea.
And ALSO, jump immediately into the sound preference pane by holding down alt+either volume button
There Is No UI/UX Position
If you’re looking for work and see a job opening for a UI/UX Designer, you may want to steer clear of that company*. This has gone on just about long enough and it’s time to clear some things up. In an application, there can be specialists that focus solely on one aspect of the user-facing side. They can be specialized in information architecture, user-interface design, graphic design or front-end code. But many companies are seeing less value in finding people that focus solely on one aspect of the user-facing design process and are instead looking to people who have taken an interest in more than one of those phases. This is not to say that all user experience designers know or even want to know how to do all of these jobs. But, anecdotally speaking, it seems the UX designers that can bridge all 4 phases are the most successful. Because, in the end, this is about designing an experience and if you are serious about the experience, then you might be serious about seeing it all the way through from the seed of the idea to launching the product.
A (hopefully) helpful chart I cooked up for HR departments:
*I realize that if you’re looking for work, sometimes you can’t look away. Just know that if the job posting says UI/UX, you’ve got some evangelizing to do.
Awesome. I sold my printer and have lived without for almost 2 years now.