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Design

Exactly this

Categories
Design

“It’s an error that makes good design look far easier and more replicable than it really is.”

“UX proponents tell tall tales about how good design really takes place. Bottom-up, evidentiary design implies that the designer is ultimately unnecessary, a mere facilitator who draws out a solution from the collective… And top-down, genius design becomes indistinguishable from salesmanship. As a result, design dissolves into other, more established disciplines like business intelligence, product marketing, and corporate evangelism. It’s an error that makes good design look far easier and more replicable than it really is. And worse, it allows people to conclude that their own expertise from data analytics to advertising to illustration is a sufficient stand-in for design.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/07/toaster-a-bit-more-button/534312/?utm_source=twb

Categories
Product design

Stan app dead end for curious new customers

I’m looking forward to seeing what Stan, Presto, and of course Netflix have to offer avid Australian movie and TV watchers like myself. I’m a ripe candidate for all of these new services: I don’t subscribe to Foxtel (can’t get cable at home), I haven’t bothered to bypass geo-location blocks to access US Netflix, I don’t want to download illegally, I don’t have an Apple TV (love hate relationship with Apple, hate relationship with iTunes), and I’m ready to see what else there is besides Quickflix for more than a few reasons.

Rather enthusiastically I downloaded the Stan app today on my iPad and was quickly disappointed. The first screen gave me nowhere to go: No information about the product, no hint of the launch date, no way to sign up, and no way to take any further steps. Even worse, it assumed I was already a customer.

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The Stan iPad app. You can log in but if you’re a new customer you can’t sign up.

The website gives a few more options. You can read a bit about the service and more importantly sign up and register to an offer. Why isn’t this experience available on the app?

I can only assume its because its early days for Stan. To any Stan designers, developers and product managers reading this I don’t want to come across as a pedant, but am suggesting another form on the app page would be more appropriate. I am looking forward to seeing what’s in store. Good luck with the launch.

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The Stan website has more information as you would expect and a more appropriate form for new customers and a new product.

 

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Categories
The internet the world

Half baited

Noticing a missing word in this click bait title made me laugh. Guess I was half baited. Just goes to show how formulaic this stuff all is and how quickly it’s churned out.

 

 

 

Categories
Miscellaneous

Someone tell Add This that Posterous is dead already

Why do references to dead social networks linger, and why don’t service providers quietly retire them for us?

Social networks come and go. Blogging platforms come and go. Someone tell Add This. While reading an article I clicked on their share buttons and the first button I saw was the now sadly defunct Posterous (I was a mega fan).

Add this social sharing widget still displays Posterous up top.
Add this social sharing widget still displays Posterous up top.

 

And while we’re at it isn’t it spelt Diigo not Digo? The dot com of the later looks like good ol domain squatting.

So, my next step of course was to go to the Add this website. And there on the left was a big Posterous button.

Posterous prominently displayed on the Add This Homepage as at 2nd October. Posterous shut down April 30th 2013
Posterous prominently displayed on the Add This Homepage as at 2nd October. Posterous shut down April 30th 2013

So this raises two points for me. What’s the point of using a widget to display these services on your site if the widget doesn’t help you manage the currency of the content? I mean, apart from the neat widget you may as well use individual embed codes if you have to know and manually update each service.

Secondly, its not only services like Add This that are guilty of displaying long dead web services. I notice that Google Buzz is still lingering on my G+ profile page waiting for me to manually remove it. It strangely points to a public directory on Drive with PDFs of past posts.

Google Buzz still lingering on my G+ page
Google Buzz still lingering on my G+ page

Hold on, while we’re at it poor old Google Reader is still there too.

Until I remove it Google Reader will appear on my G+ profile
Until I remove it Google Reader will appear on my G+ profile

 

Now you might say, it should be up to me to remove or edit these links on my profile. Maybe it is, but I also remember Google Notebook hanging around after its death on Google landing pages for ages.

 

Categories
The Work Experience

Discrimination and getting your break in IT

I was a little heartbroken this week after meeting a taxi driver and a stage rigger who had both retrained in IT — for no job outcome. The taxi driver, a young immigrant has studied a Masters of IT from Queensland University. He said that course was so general that it left him qualified in nothing.

The stage rigger was originally a book binder and studied Library Management, learning web development and coding skills. He was in his mid to late 40s. He described the web world as a “mafia”. Closed in, secretive and locking job seekers like him out.

Some courses charge plenty but don’t offer much in return. The market demands young faces, probably native English speakers and older people with experience. These courses have the responsibility to prepare their graduates for job seeking, tell them upfront what challenges they will face and perhaps even help them with job placements.  It seems too many people complete these courses optimistically expecting a job at the end in a buoyant market only to be left disappointed and deflated.

I wonder are people like the immigrant taxi driver and older stage rigger victims of shady courses or of discrimination?

My advice, for what its worth, is to ignore mainstream job ads, do whatever work for friends and family and small business that you can to build up a portfolio of work experience and proactively find and contact people on LinkedIn and ask them to meet you for a coffee to offer some career advice. Many people are happy to have a chat and offer advice. They may even see something in you and present you with that all too important first opportunity.