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Posts by jonah

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I live and work in a hotbed of technology – San Francisco. I am bombarded daily with hype for the latest in tech. Most of this is just that – hype. But every once in awhile a new bit of technology comes along with the potential to completely change the world in which we live. I believe blockchain technology is one such technology. The Blockchain isn’t exactly new – it made its name as the foundation for Bitcoin and the like, but its beginning to hold great promise for other digital assets as well. My interests are in its application to…

Neil Young’s proclamation that he is pulling his catalog from streaming services really hit me hard. I’ve been trying to reconcile it in my head the entire week. I am a long time Neil Young fan – I’ve purchased plenty of his albums on multiple formats over the years. I’m an early streaming adopter and I no longer listen to music any other way (except for an occasional vinyl moment). It’s not because I don’t care about quality, it’s because I’m a busy professional with a family. Convenience trumps quality for me at this stage in my life. What really…

It would be easy to glom on with the haters as they lampoon the out-of-touch celebrities that gathered to announce Tidal, Jay Z’s recently acquired streaming service. Few could argue that the announcement event wasn’t pitiful. There were nearly as many uncomfortable celebrities on stage as there were disingenuously enthusiastic people in the audience. And who let Alicia Keyes be the spokesperson?! All that aside, Tidal could be a good step forward for the music business. 1. Quality. Whether you personally care about the quality of the music you listen to is irrelevant here. There are plenty of arguments that…

The most tangible effort or deliverable will receive the most attention. Example: If you present strategy and a prototype in the same meeting be sure to present the strategy first. It will be challenging to get your audience to enter a strategic mindset once they’ve seen the prototype. A theoretical hierarchy of UX deliverables by degree of tangibility Prototype (highest tangibility) Visual Design Wireframes Flows, Personas Design Models, Behavioral Models, Interaction Models Business Requirements (lowest tangibility)

OpenEndedGroup is a trio of digital artists hailing from Chicago and New York comprised of Marc Downie, Shelley Eshkar, and Paul Kaiser. Their creative output frequently incorporates dance, music, installation and film to produce pioneering art within the digital realm. But it’s not the group’s creative works that I write about here. What truly got me excited was a small document they produced in partnership with Sitra, The Finnish Innovation Fund. This document called Creative Collaboration Rules of Thumb provides guidelines for, as you might guess, effective creative collaboration. And though many of these rules may not come as a…

“Pivot” appears to be the buzzword du jour among those attempting to launch the next innovative mobile app. The design and development cycle for mobile apps tends to be short, fast and aggressive. It’s not uncommon to change course (pivot) when a new competitor enters the scene. Often it’s the overlap of some “killer features” which sends the team back to the drawing board. Anyone who has worked for a large corporation can tell you how refreshing it is to work so nimbly and lean that you can turn on a dime and in a new direction, but working so…

photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin

This is the first in a series of profiles of leaders in collaborative design. Name: Kelly Johnson Dates: February 27, 1910 – December 21, 1990 Bio: Celebrated aeronautical engineer at Lockheed Martin for more than 40 years. Designed 40+ spy planes and is ranked 8th by Aviation Week’s “All-Time Top 100 Stars of Aerospace and Aviation”. Influence on Collaboration Kelly Johnson created the legendary Skunk Works program at Lockheed Martin and was known for his “brass-tacks” management style – a style summed up by his motto, “Be quick, be quiet, and be on time.” Kelly’s 14 Rules of Management set…

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Here is another installment of noteworthy items I’ve come across over the course of the week. -Enjoy.   It’s still voodoo magic to me: A hard flip pretzel at 1000 fps I’m too busy interacting with the site to read the message: Apparently it’s about being responsible It makes sense when you consider the furniture lasts about as long as a technology cycle: Ikea TV My what beautiful eyes you have: Extreme closeup photography  

Here is the first in a new weekly installment of noteworthy items I’ve come across over the course of the week. I present them to you without much commentary and I leave it to you to consider a story arc among them. Enjoy. A fascinating way to experience a curated gift by your chosen luminary. quarterly.co Moma awarded young architects with the selection of their design for a new “building”. MeetWendy.com Happy 75th Birthday to a beautiful old lady. GG This still holds up as a fantastic album. Roseland NYC Live It’s so easy. Shake. Fold.  New technology right around the corner.    

THE WORD ON THE CURVE I look forward to the day when we look back on the early 00’s and laugh about the ridiculous blight websites put on the user experience. I’m talking about CAPTCHA. When it first appeared I thought it was a small but maybe necessary hurdle in my path to fill out a form. Perhaps it offered some security benefit to my data? I didn’t know but I didn’t give it too much thought since I only saw it on a few conference registration forms. But now it seems CAPTCHA has become the flashing graphic of the…