Bend the Rules

Why take rules as concrete, unbendable, unbreakable concepts? Sure, rules are important for establishing a framework for us to work within, but why shouldn't we test the boundaries of those rules? Find out which ones will bend a little bit and even b...

Unconventional Wisdom

Unconventional wisdom. Why do some people succeed by unconventional means where the rest of us fail?...

The Secret to Success

The secret to success is no secret at all. Its about knowing your goal, keeping that goal in mind, and performing the steps necessary to reach that goal. ...

Why You Should Always Be Testing Your Assumptions

How do you know if your beliefs are true? This is a story about challenging those beliefs and finding out that sometimes they are just flat wrong....

Expandable User Interface For Dynamic Content

Designing a user interface for user generated content can sometimes be a challenge. You just never know how much space to allocate a section before slapping a 'more' button at the bottom. The following demo is a potential solution when user generated...

Fotoblur Badge

This holiday season I've been spending some time developing some new features for Fotoblur. This widget allows any member to display a portion of their gallery on their own blog or website....

Social Interaction Tells Us We Exist

In our world, like it or not, we need each other to validate our own existence. We need to tell each other our ideas, our fears, our problems, and our occasional triumphs. It gives us reassurance and validation that our ideas are real, that we are re...

Hey You, Don't Waste Your Life

You won't get today back ever...EVER! Really think about that. Don't lie dormant. Your days are limited. Maybe you've got a week, a month, a year left. Then, life moves on without you....

What Do You Stand For?

Apple inspires us to Think Different. Nike urges us to Just Do It. Sony says Believe that anything you imagine, you can make real. The common thread is successful companies believe in more than just creating stuff! They have a mission.

Thi...

People Matter More Than Stats

Bragging about your website's stats, or how many new members you've signed up this week, or your latest press articles is cool, right?

I'm of the opinion that a website's traffic stats and member counts don't matter much unless you change ...

Laws of Productivity

If you think crunch times are a great idea, and working 12+ hour days plus weekends is commendable, then you might be interested in what corporations and scientific studies have reported on the subject.

Laws of Productivity: 8 productivity...

How to Successfully Procrastinate

Work, work, work. Everyone I know is obsessed with it. People today are too concerned with how they can become more productive. What they really need to learn is how to successfully procrastinate.
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Attention to Detail

When details are perfected, a user experience can be quite enjoyable. For example, Apple's laptop sleep indicator mimics the rhythm of breathing which is psychologically appealing. Fine dining restaurants replace silverware between each course. Car d...

What You Don't Do

Sometimes it is what you don't do which defines you. It is the negative space that shapes your life.

It is the things you don't say, the decisions you don't make, the actions you don't take.

These things can set you apart from t...

Followers are Paralyzed by Inaction

Few things feels worse then when your competition does something you recognize as a good idea. Possibly a worse feeling is when you had the same idea but didn't act on it.

We all have great ideas which break from the norm. However, for one...

Everything You Did This Week was Meaningless

How many things did you accomplished this week that meant a damn? Better yet, how would you even know?

If there was at least one, you are among the lucky few. Whatever that one thing was, learn how to repeat it and do it some more....

Simpler is Better

The thought of less doing more, or better, is fascinating to me. Whether I’m writing code, designing a webpage, or writing this article, I remind myself, how can I make it simpler and still retain its core meaning and purpose.

I think it i...

Focus Means Simplifying

When you have focus you get things done quicker and better. When you don’t you squander your time and efforts.

Focus provides clarity. With clarity, solutions to problems are found more easily and complexity is reduced.

Focus me...

Change Your Mental Perspective

Sometimes you can improve your results by simply changing how you look at a situation. However, a mental perspective change on its own does nothing. The key is that by changing your mental perspective your actions will likely change to align with it....

Do the Opposite

While doing the opposite I started to see that there were other ways of approaching a problem. The conscious effort to do something in an opposite way led to a different outcome, but an outcome which I knew I caused intentionally. Doing the opposite ...