"Technologists are creatives, and they not only make the work better through the production process, but come up with and make ideas smarter. Having an internal team allows you to move fast and test ideas early through prototypes."
"Carving out a space for yourself online, somewhere where you can express yourself and share your work, is still one of the best possible investments you can make with your time. It’s why, after ten years, my first response to anyone just getting started online is to start, and maintain, a blog."
"Creatives have an inherent affection for every process involved in realizing their creative vision. No one that likes to design for the web hates code; they hate the pain associated with not knowing how to code."
— (via fieldstudy)
"Increasingly, companies will become experts at designing user habits. Curated Web companies already rely on these methods. This new breed of company, defined by the ability to help users find only the content they care about, […]. These companies have habit formation embedded in their DNA. This is because data collection is at the heart of any Curated Web business and to succeed, they must predict what users will think is most personally relevant. Curated Web companies can only improve if users tell their systems what they want to see more of. If users use the service sparingly, it is less valuable than if they use it habitually. The more the user engages with a Curated Web company, the more data the company has to tailor and improve the user’s experience. This self-improving feedback loop has the potential to be more useful – and more addictive — than anything we’ve seen before."
Sexy Alarm Clock

Sexy Alarm Clock

My Online Activity Stream

I have a way that I filter through information on the web. You can find me sharing content across the web on various services. I’m thinking through something I plan to share at some point and will put my activity stream to text for some clarity.

I consider my activity stream to have four distinct functions: find, flow, file, and endorse (for now I’m ignoring the ‘find’ function). Now, a bit about each one.

Flow incorporates all the people I follow on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Svpply. It also includes the news feeds on Facebook (and LinkedIn to some degree), as well as my RSS feeds I subscribe to. Basically, this is the channel where any and all content I consume on the web (outside of searches) is housed.

When I find something that intrigues me in my Flow, I File it. I file items in a number of services and in a number of different ways. I may read it later on Instapaper, star it in Google Reader or Twitter, like it on Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram, pin it on Pinterest or flag that I’m Reading it. The motivation behind this action varies; it could mean I plan to read it later, that I do like that post, support the content, remember something or file it for my own uses.

In many cases, I will Endorse a post I’ve filed. I do this by (re)blogging, (re)tweeting or posting to Tumblr, Wordpress/Blogger, Facebook, Twitter or Delicious. The behavior here is to share my ‘find’ with friends, family and the audience who likes my taste in things.

So, all of this creates my Activity Stream. It’s a complex workflow system to consider.

Keyboard Tray

Keyboard Tray

iCam Concept

iCam Concept

Steve Jobs + Apple

Steve Jobs + Apple

Felt Mouse

Felt Mouse