july 2011 archives

Help! 11 Question Web Development Survey

Annually alistapart has a web design survey which is jam-packed of interested data points about our industry. Their survey is built around the people, how they work, and how they learn. I enjoy reading it each year, but I’ve always wanted to know a little more about the technology behind it all. To that end, here is our first annual web developer survey. Each year we’ll solicit feedback from folks in and out of the NorthTemple community, then pool together the results and post them here.

As a thank you participating, we’ll randomlly send a few lucky readers some NorthTemple/FamilySearch swag.

Click here to take the 11 question survey

posted by scott on Monday, Jul 18, 2011

In a great example of practical living thru great design, the founder of Etnies shoes is building a dream house where every surface – even the furniture – is skateable or grindable.

Best. house. ever.

posted by scott on Friday, Jul 15, 2011

“All designers should think of themselves as Ambassadors of good ideas.”
Love this quote from Scott Berkun’s 5 Dangerous Ideas for Designers presentation at the DMI’s “Make It Happen” event, citing either himself or someone he heard that day.

It’s not always about having the briliiant idea yourself—it’s about recognizing it, regardless of the source.

posted by ted on Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011

Eric Rise: “The Lean Startup”

If you haven’t watched this, do it now. it is a great introduction to the lean movement. Designers should be clamming to build products under this approach. Here’s the abstract, which was clearly written by a publicist.

“The Lean Startup movement is taking hold in companies both new and established to help entrepreneurs and managers do one important thing: make better, faster business decisions. Vastly better, faster business decisions. Bringing principles from lean manufacturing and agile development to the process of innovation, the Lean Startup helps companies succeed in a business landscape riddled with risk.”

posted by scott on Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011