For spring break this year, the family decided we will go to Mall of America for a shopping excursion. Personally, I hate shopping. Wandering aimlessly around a crowded mall full of stores of limited product selection and relatively poor service by tired and underpaid staff is simply not my idea of a good time. But […]
Introduction Way back in the early days, well 2011 seems like forever ago in mobile Internet time, I had built an app with PhoneGap. It wasn’t a pleasant experience and involved a lot of digging around native code to make things work as well as the use of Eclipse, which is simply cruel and unusual […]
Today, many people have not just a phone and desktop/laptop PC, but they also have a tablet, a wrist device (watch, fitness tracker, etc.), an Internet enabled game console, and an Internet enabled TV. All of these devices can be used as discrete islands with which to interact with content, but the real power is when we can combine all of these discrete islands together into complex chains of interaction.
Between these islands are gaps and we need to start discussing ways to bridge these gaps
I feel like I have been sleeping for the last decade. I started my career steeped in Open Source, but then I, like most other people, got lazy and let companies like Google and Yahoo do the heavy lifting. This actually worked quite nice for a while, and it even got to a point that I was considering abandoning this site in favor of just posting on social networks. Abandoning a personally owned and managed web presence and going with a social network is not without precedence.
You have about 8 seconds to convey the answers to most of those questions or a person is going to move on. It turns out that the one thing we don’t lack in modern society is choice.
Whether you love or hate Apple products, you have to agree with their philosophy that design is more about saying no than it is about saying yes. I think on the web, we could all use to say no a little more often and we would all be better off.