I’m taking a short break from “How we solve problems” because I’ll be giving at talk at WordCamp NYC this month, so I thought I’d explore some of the ideas I’ll be touching on in blog form. I’d love your feedback below to further my research. This essay delves into an aspect of owning your own data vs. being someone else’s product. Speaking personally, as a consumer, what sort of advertising would I actually like?
Some of you are familiar with Inkwell—I founded it as part of the curriculum for the Founder Institute. I had come to FI to see what I could do with the idea, and that idea carried me through to graduation. The Idea Inkwell was going to be a crowdfunding platform specifically for authors. With the rise of self-publishing platforms, it’s hard to get noticed. Inkwell would provide tools for authors to raise the funds from their fans directly for the purpose of investing in the preproduction of their book to increase the chances of their success.
One of the more productive features I’ve embraced is the multiple desktops. I tend to compartmentalize tasks, and being able to actually do that visually, helps me focus on what I’m doing, and keep my process organized. I use Windows at my day job and I was thrilled when I saw that Windows 10 was adding this feature. Unfortunately it comes up short due to one major flaw in the UX, the implementation.
I recently had the honor of advising a startup on their initial launch design. The biggest issue I encountered, and I’ve encountered this quite a bit with new companies, is the problem of the chicken and the egg. Many products rely on two separate types of users in order to get off the ground. A marketplace needs sellers and buyers, a social network needs followers and people worth connecting with, big data needs sources as well as consumers.
As any good developer, I’m constantly trying to keep up with the latest and greatest, as well as brush up on the oldies and goodies of the skills I leverage daily. As a full-stack developer, I tend to study in cycles, switching between “front-end” and “back-end” skills. In June I presented some thoughts on typography at wpnyc.org. To prepare I focused quite a bit on design principles. To balance that out, I decided to up my analytical skills and focus next on reviewing design patterns.
“At the great religious metropolis of Hierapolis on the Euphrates pigs were neither sacrificed nor eaten, and if a man touched a pig he was unclean for the rest of the day. Some people said this was because the pigs were unclean; others said it was because the pigs were sacred. This difference of opinion points to a hazy state of religious thought in which the ideas of sanctity and uncleanness are not yet sharply distinguished, both being blent in a sort of vaporous solution to which we give the name of taboo.
Edit: I finished read my thoughts and comments from my book a week project. We all make resolutions as the new year comes around. Most don’t last a month, but half way through, mine seems to have stuck (tfoo tfoo) and I’ve been reading a book a week since January. Over the past few years I’ve discovered that while I’m coding I am most productive when I listen to things. When I’m working on something that takes a lot of brain power that tends to be Bach or Mozart, a little less brain needed – Led Zeppelin or The Beatles.