design

Design: “Believe in yourself,” “Trust your gut,” and more alvin February 18, 2018 - 11:59am

I’m told that this is a famous poster for designers that I just applied a lot of whiteout to. (The missing words seem to have been inspired by Samuel L. Jackson.) I like “Believe in yourself” and “Trust your gut.”

In Defense of OOFP (Alex Nedelcu) alvin February 13, 2018 - 6:11pm

Alex Nedelcu has a good article titled, In Defense of OOFP, in which he writes about Scala, OOP, FP, and the Scala collections classes.

Ship and iterate

A note from this long article about Google’s Rick Osterloh:

Former CEO Eric Schmidt calls this system “Ship and Iterate,” and in his book How Google Works he makes a consistent case for not even trying to get things right the first time. “Create a product, ship it, see how it does, design and implement improvements, and push it back out,” Schmidt writes. “Ship and iterate. The companies that are the fastest at this process will win.”

Humans don’t want to be controlled by machines (or Apple)

“Human beings don’t want to be controlled by machines. And we are increasingly being controlled by machines ... This is likely to be the narrative of the next thirty years.”

This quote from Fred Wilson’s What happened in 2017 article makes me think of Apple’s recent dumb software design decisions as much as it makes me think of algorithms that control my news feeds. As just one example, Apple’s decision to make the “turn off bluetooth” button mean “turn off bluetooth ... well, just until tomorrow” makes me want to switch to Samsung. So, yeah, if I don’t want to be controlled by Apple’s poor design decisions, I sure don’t want to be controlled by robots.

Apple’s pride, and resulting lawsuits

Apple is getting sued — and rightfully so — for intentionally slowing down iPhones with older batteries. The ironic things are a) if they let people easily change the batteries, or b) made this a software setting, people would be happy with them. Their own pride (ego) created this problem.

Original devdaily.com logo alvin December 15, 2017 - 2:26pm

Way back in the beginning — 1998, to be exact — I started this website as devdaily.com. Today I was going through a box of old things and came across this image, which shows one of the original logo design ideas I came up with way back then.

Jonathan Ive focused on design, again

As I’ve written about before, I assumed that Apple’s Jonathan Ive had his hands full with the completion of the design of Apple Park, and that was affecting the design and quality of Apple’s recent product offerings. This quote comes from bloomberg.com: “With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design,” Amy Bessette, a company spokeswoman, said Friday in a statement.