Planet Chris

Posts from people I like written today, yesterday, and the day before.

Yesterday — Thu, 27 Oct 2016

New Mixtape for Designers & Makers.

Tobias van Schneider — 

Hello friends! As some of you might know, I love creating playlists & mix tapes on the side and share them with you. In the last year, I shared eleven individual playlists with you, ranging from 10 to hundreds of songs. What I love about this is that I can share my current favorite tracks with you, and at the same time design artworks for these playlists, which is a secret passion of mine. → Listen to all mix tapes here. Today I found some time to finish another playlist for you. A...

News of the World

Jeffrey Zeldman — 

OUR UBER DRIVER must be hard of hearing, because he plays his right-wing talk radio morning show LOUD. It’s not your erudite, intellectual morning show. It’s hosted by Morning Zoo-type personalities: braying, hyper-testicular fellows, as subtle as a Cuban tie. To illustrate some local New York story about a Hassidic synagogue, they play a nerve-shattering recording of an air raid siren. They talk over each other, like men do when they’re excited, and segue seamlessly into ...

Prescriptions On Your Phone

Fred Wilson — 

My partner Andy blogged this week about an investment we made earlier this year. It is called NuRx and its an entirely new way to get medications. Here’s the value proposition (from their website): Compare that to this (from Andy’s post): When you need to see a doctor, there are typically 5 or 6 steps you need to take before a potential outcome: finding the doctor; finding time to schedule the appointment; visiting the doctor; getting a diagnosis and prescription; visiting a pha...

Recent Work: DuckDuckGo

Jon Hicks — 

Hicksdesign has been working with the alternative search engine DuckDuckGo recently, on a series of illustrations for their site. The first of these, the ‘private balloonist’, is live on their homepage : I’m particularly pleased with the series we did after this one – the style is even more improved and I feel is some of my best work to date. Can’t wait for that to go live so that I can share it!...

The Day Before — Wed, 26 Oct 2016

The Power of Saying “I Don’t Know”

Tobias van Schneider — 

The questions I get are usually not a problem, but here and there I get a question I just don’t know the answer to. At least not at the time. I always struggled with it. Because the real answer is that I don’t know, but for some reason I feel like I should know. "I’m a professional", I tell myself, I should know the answer. I grew up in a society where admitting that you don’t know was always something bad. Something you got punished for in school. So even if I didn&r...

stdlib: Create Scalable Node.js Microservices in a Flash

David Walsh — 

Hey everyone – today I have the honor of walking you through using the brand new service registry for microservices, stdlib. You can also check out stdlib on GitHub, which is the open source project we’ll be using to generate service scaffolding and take care of package management. What is stdlib? Easy! It’s a new take on software registries and package management that you’re probably familiar with, like NPM. Instead of focusing on local installations of software, std...

Giving Your Product A Soul

Smashing Magazine — 

    After a few years of designing products for clients, I began to feel fatigued. I wondered why. Turns out, I’d been chasing metric after metric. “Increase those page views!” “Help people spend more time in the app!” And it kept coming. Still, something was missing. I knew that meeting goals was part of what a designer does, but I could see how my work could easily become commoditized and less ful...

NYC’s FinTech Innovation Lab

Fred Wilson — 

Applications are open for New York’s seventh annual FinTech Innovation Lab, a 12-week program that I have blogged about a bunch here on AVC. This proram is for early and growth stage companies that have developed cutting edge technology products targeted at financial services customers. The program has a particular interest in: Augmented/ Virtual Reality; Data Analytics using Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning; Digital Customer Engagement Tools; Enterprise Dev Ops; RegTech; Secur...

Flatten the Power Gradient

David Marquet — 

Leadership Nudge™ – FLATTEN THE POWER GRADIENT Today we are talking about the concept of the power gradient. The power gradient is how much more authority or power does a person higher in the hierarchy feel like they have compared to someone lower in the hierarchy. Or, how much less do the people below me feel like they have? You want to have an optimal power gradient. Proxies for the power gradient can be salaries, office size, or a myriad of other things, but it is really...

Desktop is Lava

Dave Rupert — 

My good friend, colleague, D&D party member, and fellow dad, Lon Ingram and I got into a good discussion the other night about Native Apps vs. Mobile Web vs. Desktop Web. In part, it was sparked by Google’s decision to fork their search index into mobile and desktop. It’s a curious decision but I assume it’s to prioritize fast (cough AMP cough) mobile sites. Lon elegantly summed up our collective thoughts on this new search algorithm and other data points we’ve se...