The shoe is on the other foot. The teacher has become the student…

For curiosity’s sake, I’m taking General Assembly’s part-time Product Management Course with Thabet “Fesh” Alfishawi, Product Manager@ Google and Arianna Sanders, Product Manager @ Wrapp. I was a touch overwhelmed (a bit pukey actually) during the first class because my classmates are all so different from my current creative cohort. They’re all so very talkative, approachable, verbal, and “left-brainy” who use alien business language, not creative design-slang or speaking with images. Dog-people vs. Cat-people.

Fesh asked the class “What does the product look like?”.  In the Product Management world “Looks” mean “Product Features” 🙂

However, I literally thought:

  • “What does the competitive landscape look like?”
  • “Who is the user, persona, needs, and what is their journey?”
  •  “What are the wireframes?”
  • “What would the over-arching branding be in the strategic big picture as well as the tactical down-and-dirty of  an app (colors, buttons, photography, global typography)”

SOOOOO different, but crazy fun. I’m learning a lot – BOOOOOM!!! getting my mind-blown.


In the new book Special Edition: Artist Collaborations on Packaging Design, there are no ordinary packages. Whether it’s the material, the concept, or the execution, at least one aspect of every product stands out.

FastCoDesign – UI, UX: Who Does What? A Designer’s Guide To The Tech Industry

“This is the single most common phase I hear from new startups. What they are usually looking for is someone who can do everything described above. They want someone who can make pretty icons, create A/B tested landing sites, logically arrange UI elements on screen, and maybe even do some front-end development. Due to the broad sweeping scope of this role, we usually hear smaller companies asking to hire a “designer” rather than being specific in their needs.

The boundaries between each of these various design roles are very fluid. Some UX designers are also expected to do interaction design, and often UI designers are expected to push pixels as well. The best way to look for the right person is to describe what you expect the designer to do within your company’s process, and choose a title that best represents the primary task of that person.”

FastCoDesign: Gold Rush

In his new series of über-luxurious, splashy posters, 3-D artist Črtomir Just puts a twist on “gold-branded” products—like Kodak Gold, Marlboro Gold, and Magnum Gold—by making them appear cast in gold. Rolls of golden Kodak film unfurl, liquid gold splashes up from a coffee mug and thick plumes of lush golden smoke rise from a lacquered cigarette.




Bon Iver – Skinny Love

Come on skinny love just last the year
Pour a little salt we were never here
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer

I tell my love to wreck it all
Cut out all the ropes and let me fall
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Right in the moment this order’s tall

I told you to be patient
I told you to be fine
I told you to be balanced
I told you to be kind
In the morning I’ll be with you
But it will be a different “kind”
I’ll be holding all the tickets
And you’ll be owning all the fines

Come on skinny love what happened here
Suckle on the hope in light brassiere
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Sullen load is full; so slow on the split

I told you to be patient
I told you to be fine
I told you to be balanced
I told you to be kind
Now all your love is wasted?
Then who the hell was I?

Now I’m breaking at the britches
And at the end of all your lines
Who will love you?
Who will fight?
Who will fall far behind?
Ooh, ooh


Wise words from Mr. Money Mustache:

Look for the most challenging one you can handle with your current level of ability. Instead of the closest elevator, find the highest staircase. Forgo the longest drive in the fanciest car for the most consistent walk in the most varied weather.

As you produce more value for the world and increase your income, simultaneously increase your efficiency and decrease your material needs… Your level of satisfaction and happiness with life will increase.

An Evening with Guillermo del Toro from San Francisco Film Society on Vimeo.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Guillermo del Toro took the Castro Theatre stage with San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Noah Cowan to discuss his career and inspirations as part of the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, at which he received the Irving M. Levin Directing Award.

We are like trees. You give the fruit you are meant to give. You don’t say “I should be giving apples, goddammit. Fucking grapefruits – I am done with that shit.” If you start apple-ing and you are a grapefruit [tree] – it’s impossible!

Think of how often metrics are used to push an agenda or even justify a simple opinion. Numbers can be manipulated and misinterpreted. The way we set up tests can hold a strong confirmation bias… especially when we are in charge of testing our own work, setting variables, and collecting the data.

We’re great at questioning design, but rarely question our science.

Trust in shaky numbers now outweighs a designer’s experience, intuition, and intelligence. Metrics influence design to the point where design becomes the long arm of the data, and intelligent design thinking is second guessed and de-prioritized.

The Librarian is a surprisingly powerful role. In addition to claiming one of the best titles in government (though The Atlantic’s staff is split on whether “Senate Sergeant-at-Arms” or “U.S. Chief Justice” trump it), the new Librarian assumes considerable powers. This person will not only run the largest library in the world, with thousands of staff of its own, but also oversee the Copyright Office, the department which manages the U.S. copyright system. This gives them the power to declare what constitutes a copyright violation and what doesn’t.

Monoid is a new font designed by Andreas Larsen that aims to do all the above, and more. An open-source font aimed at coders, Monoid has been designed, first and foremost, to be highly readable even when you’re scanning through ten thousand of lines of C++, looking for that one bug-causing typo.

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