Nathan Borror

Product Designer at Dropbox


Hacking Sonos

How I replaced the Sonos app and created a better music experience.


In my spare time I’ve been writing an app that replaces the Sonos app used to control multiple speakers in one’s home. It’s been a little challenging so I thought I’d share how I got where I am. You can check out most of the code on Github. I’ll be pushing more stuff when it’s…


The Question Stack

When I was just starting out as a designer I’d ask things like, how do I make drop shadows in Fireworks? How do I hack Javascript to make this hover thing work? What the hell is semantic markup? How do I use grids and color in a way that doesn’t make me look like a fraud?

Then after a while the questions got harder: What do journalists need to do their…


Self-Driving Vagabonds

Self-driving cars are going to change the world — not many folks will disagree. It’s beginning to feel like our space race, the next leap towards a more efficient future. Google’s got prototypes, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have adaptive cruise control, Tesla almost has autopilot and Apple’s leaking.


Blind spots

Hours of my youth were lost to a game called Age of Empires. This game was crack cocaine for kids and should have been illegal in some states. Each new game plopped you in the…

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Deploying a Go project on EC2


I’ve been playing around with Go lately and spent a few hours figuring out how to deploy a project on Amazon EC2. I’m going to walk you through the steps I took…


Hacking Sonos

How I replaced the Sonos app and created a better music experience.


In my spare time I’ve been writing an app that replaces the Sonos app used to control multiple speakers in one’s home. It’s been a little challenging so I thought I’d share how I got where I am. You can check out most of the code on Github. I’ll be pushing more stuff when it’s…


Imitation as a Tool


“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

We’ve all heard this, it’s how the level headed react to “copycats” or “ripoffs.” The truth is imitation is natural. We may not like to admit it but we’re all skilled imitators. Without it there would be no way to talk with one another or possess similar value systems.


Obsolescence


We’ve witnessed a lot of products in our lifetimes. Some have faded away without even realizing it. Products like fax machines, AOL, desktop computers, atlases, home telephones. Sure, some of us still use these but they’ve all been replaced with better alternatives.

The best companies and people are capable of predicting when these shifts happen—some even have…