Damn, Nintendo are at it again.

It’s like if they started by trying to build a clone of Google Cardboard where the Switch takes the place of the phone, but then instead of making a VR headset they just made literally anything that isn’t a headset.

  • So, a fishing rod? Yes.
  • A motorbike? OK!
  • What about… a piano? Sure!
  • OK, but surely a remote control toy robot car isn’t an option. Why not?

One of my favourite stories about the Wii goes like this: Nintendo observed that their traditional game consoles were often hooked up to TVs in the…

Eh is one of the most powerful tools in a designer’s toolbox. Here are some examples:

  • “Eh, we’ll figure it out later.”
  • “Eh, that doesn’t matter right now.”
  • “Eh, no one’s going to notice that anyway.”

Eh is your personal Spidey sense. It tingles when you get close to building the actual thing and tells you to back off. It helps you manage how much and what to polish. It keeps you focused on the big picture.

So how does it work?

The art of approximation

When you’re a designer-engineer hybrid and you spend a lot of your time prototyping, you learn to approximate…

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I am watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on Facebook. “LIVE”. For free, apparently.

Not because I opened Facebook with the intention of watching (and paying for) a movie, like I might open Netflix or Google Play Movies.

No, it’s just on. I was scrolling through my news feed, and the movie was there, playing.

There are thumbs up icons and heart emoji floating across it and I can barely see anything, so I click the little icon to maximise it and get rid of them, but I clicked the wrong one and instead now the movie is floating…

Wait, is everything math? What the hell is math, even?

Roger Antonsen’s TED talk has a clickbait title. I recommend watching it nevertheless, because he’s onto something:

Roger Antonsen — Math is the hidden secret to understanding the world, TEDxOslo, 2015.

And I don’t mean his stunning locks.

He’s zoomed all the way out and tried to frame math in terms of knowledge. You thought it was about opaque functions and operators, but it’s really about understanding patterns. I learned early in my career that the best way to learn something is to look for patterns. I guess this applies to math, too.

He also says math is the language…

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

When your designs are the thing itself, you don’t need the blueprint

Ever had an idea you can’t remember? You know it was brilliant, but it’s gone. And if you can’t remember it, maybe it wasn’t that great after all.

As a hybrid designer/developer, I start most of my design work in the browser. The first action I take isn’t pencil to paper, it’s fingers to keyboard:

  1. HTML: Describe the UI, write the copy
  2. CSS: Structure the onscreen information
  3. JavaScript: Implement behaviour
  4. Meteor or equivalent: Model and persist data

This is the fastest way I’ve found to work. It’s faster than mocking screens in Sketch. It’s faster than jotting down notes and…

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From the amazing Webcomic Name

A recent retweet by Jasmine reminded me of a favourite quote I had on my desk for ten years:

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In 2014 I started actively working to improve the diversity of our 60-person team at Q42. At that point we had four female employees and very little overall diversity, so I wanted to see if we could change that by focusing on the problem. The Netherlands has very poor diversity figures in tech, math and science compared to nearly every other country worldwide, so it felt like any effort in this area would be an improvement.

At Q42 I initiated Project <div>, a series of open letters about and internal push to improve diversity & inclusion at the company. While doing so I began to gather anything I read online that could help. The below list includes articles I read, videos I watched and data I found that I could use to explain why transitioning from a homogeneous culture to one with more diversity and a focus on inclusivity over being an exclusive club would be rewarding. I also included my notes and excerpts where relevant.

Disclaimer: this list is by no means exhaustive and quite…

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Soylent. Eet ik al sinds 2014. Wat is het?

“Put simply, Soylent is healthy, convenient, and affordable food.”

“Oké,” zei Chris, “maar waarom schrijf je er dan over op ons blog?” We zijn een techbureau, niet een foodieblog.

Nou, omdat Soylent fascinerend is! Het is een “food tech” startup. Dat zeggen ze niet alleen over zichzelf, maar de media ook. Ze willen beter eten verzinnen door het probleem te zien als een technische uitdaging en op die manier misschien wel honger oplossen. Over moonshots gesproken. Oprichter Rob Rhinehart was eigenlijk met een andere startup bezig, en had daardoor geen tijd…

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Al van GraphQL gehoord? Laat ik het maar gewoon zeggen: dit is hoe API’s altijd hadden moeten werken. Zo overtuigd ben ik sinds ik vorige week in San Francisco bij de GraphQL Summit ben geweest. Die werd georganiseerd door Meteor Development Group (MDG), die je misschien herkent van Meteor, waar we al langer mee werken.

Omdat Meteor in principe altijd gebruik maakt van MongoDB als database, is MDG al een poosje op zoek naar een oplossing om data tussen server en client uit te wisselen zonder die afhankelijkheid op MongoDB. Dan zou je een willekeurige database kunnen gebruiken, en je…


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