We really should be in the middle of a golden age of productivity. Within living memory, computers did not exist. Photocopiers did not exist.
Erase the future.
When the facts change, I change my mind.
When you put a logo on a poster, make it so big it hurts. And then make it twice as big again.
To make a difference, you have to make it different.
The west is still using QRCodes totally wrong. A QRCode on a restaurant table that opens the menu is not really what we want. A QRCode can be unique to the table and allow food ordering directly to it. Should carry state and context.
If you’ve got anything, you’ve got nothing.
Newsletters are the parallel universe of the internet.
Maintaining a destructive culture to feel alive.
Not knowing is a privilege.
Ants sleep for 1 minute every 5 minutes and 45 seconds; 250 times a day.
Even chaos needs structure.
The challenge not to grow.
Falling in love will cost you two friendships.
Sending an email to yourself.
Dead links are sad.
Why do some people always have an umbrella at hand when it rains?
Don’t solve problems with software that should be solved with talking.
Advertisers try to mimic user generated content. But user generated content (influencers) tries to mimic advertising.
A public library for thoughts.
Alone: think, together: share.
It’s not me, it’s you.
Build something on HTML and Email and it will last forever.
People don’t buy on logic; they buy on emotion, and then justify their decision with logic.
Hollywood has changed. There was a golden age and an age of rebellion, and we are now in an age of postglamour. The stars are faded, the pictures are abbreviated, and the screens are small.
Facebook without faces.
Strip down technology until it breaks.
This is an internal news outlet.
Thinking about silly things relaxes your mind.
Picture: frame something by leaving things out.
Humans tend to be really bad at predicting how they’ll actually feel.
Solve a problem with an idea, not the other way around.
Fuck minimalism in graphic design i love it when i look at a poster and it gives me a headache.
Slow-Evolution things are good.
Everything is an innovation at some point.
Once something works, magic goes away.
Apple $2.2 trillion, Microsoft: $1.9 trillion, Amazon: $1.8 trillion, Alphabet: $1.6 trillion, Facebook: $940 billion.
Toothpaste without taste.
Values in the creative community are enforcing groupthink and are very controlling, enforcing the status quo. “This is cool versus that is not cool” for example.
“Buying a PC with Dell: My Journey Into Hell”
Thoughts travel fast.
Hotmail – founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters “HTML” – the markup language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing.
World Weird Web.
(Social Media) platforms urge you to communicate in a certain way. Websites don’t.
My brain in the shape of a web presence.
Dreams somehow prepare you for the day.
Addiction starts slowly.
People tend to normalize everything.
How to create a website: Buy a domain. Buy webspace. Write HTML. Upload stuff. Why is it still so hard for most people? Kickstarting independent websites should be a service.
Don’t feed the social media monster.
If you can’t compete, step back or go sideways.
Google is basically making websites.
Singer Usher is under fire after reports that he gave dancers fake bills with his face on them instead of real money.
All i really want is drinking beer and skateboarding.
“Remember that your personality is more like a sand dune than a stone.”
“Remote has some advantages, but can you imagine spending the next 30 years on Zoom calls all day?”
“It is stronger to do a thing, than to talk about a thing”
Are we happy?
I love computers, but they suck.
NFTs are the digital equivalent of a signed copy of a photograph. You can copy the art losslessly, but you can’t copy the signature, and that signature has value to some collectors.
It seems to be a very poisonous combination to be smart and ambitious and yet not to have achieved very much. Such people are both bitter and highly effective at realizing that bitterness.
An antifragile business is one that performs better under duress or in times of uncertainty.
Humans are genetically the same as we were 75,000 years ago.
An operating system that does a good job modeling the primitives can then be used for everything.
Lived in. Imperfect. Improvised. Warm vs. Too polished. Impersonal. Perfect. Cold.
A common mistake I see in UI work is fades/transitions taking too long. UI should work in “game time”, not “cinematic time”. A transition should happen as fast as an impatient user can button mash — a small-integer number of frames.
Set the mood first to create energy.
In 10 years, 50% of the top celebrities won’t be real people.
“Influencers” are now called “creators” and “advertisements” are now called “micro arts” and “brands” are now called “families”.
“I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower.”
Bloggers are the reporters of the internet.
“Poor countries are not ‘under-developed’, they are over-exploited.”
Ask yourself: how much shit do you wanna throw out into the world?
“I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.”
In short, the govt model is “We’ll take care of you at any cost”, while the corporate model is “We’ll take care of you as long as it doesn’t cost us too much”.
Web 4.0 will be everyone discovering that actually Web 1.0 was amazing and bringing the bulk of it back. Less surveillance, less centralization, less complexity.
An app that shows only people with the same battery level.
When parents raise a child, they install elements of their psyche in them. When one of those elements is damaged, the damage is usually passed on. So self-improvement isn’t selfish—it’s repairing the “family psyche,” which improves the lives of all the generations downstream.
A newspaper where you get paid when you read it.
When people say that screentime is bad, I want to say, hey, I want to be more social at the moment and it’s hard to do that right now and I can only do it with technology.
I rarely watch other things. I don’t watch TV, I don’t watch movies. I’m a retired old man picking up trash.
“Ok” and “No” are probably the most used terms in the world.
Q: Monday morning. Totally swamped. Going from meeting to meeting. I am probably doing something wrong… Any advice? A: Come Kenya. We’re Monday night.
Still not sure if images are louder than words.
De-inspire yourself first to get to new creative grounds.
A service that collects useless data.
We are so afraid of failure that we will try hard enough the first time so that we will never come close to it.
People don’t like change, but always get used to it.
Because in 10 years nothing you built today that depends on JS for the content will be available, visible, or archived anywhere on the web. All your fancy front-end-JS-required frameworks are dead to history, a mere evolutionary blip in web app development practices. Perhaps they provided interesting ephemeral prototypes, nothing more.
It’s no longer about growth at all costs, but freedom at all costs.
If you want peace, study war.
“Arctic” doesn’t mean pole, it comes from arctos, meaning bear. Arctic means “bears here”. Antarctica means “no bears here”.
Writing means editing a thought.
I invented a service that nobody uses.
In order to grow your audience, you must betray their expectations.
Separate input from output.
If anyone refers to your product as a cult consider it the greatest of compliments.
Ask simple questions if you want fast answers.
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Everything as a service
Everyone got the same tools to play with.
Astronauts may come back to Earth with a different accent (caused by a lack of gravity pulling on their tongues while speaking).
the word “bed” is shaped like a tiny bed.
Invest in a smaller world.
Everything happens on one device: work, play, fear, hope, trust, love.
You just need enough technique to become unique.
people can no longer grow once they are fully grown.
people who don’t have much control over their daytime life refuse to sleep early in order to regain some sense of freedom during late-night hours.
zoom x chanel
Content will no longer be built on platforms. Platforms will be built on content.
comfortable with how little I know and how much I have left to learn.
New channels are always being used wrong at the beginning.
Halfway through a zoom call, I turn off my video, mute myself, grab my pillow, and scream into it to feel alive.
Websites are too slow.
the only role of creatives will be art(s) for the sake of art(s).
old measures don’t apply in new paradigms.
No to yes. Yes to no.
Unlearning a lot lately.
Hardware is for your body, software for your mind.
It’s not black clothes. It’s a blank slate.
borders were invented.
Imagine a world were digital is prefered over reality.
everyone is focusing on something else.
99% Thinking / 1% Doing
Brand Expression should be the new term for advertising.
We like things because we choose them, and we dislike things that we don’t choose.
normies are Focusing on their feelings. nerds are Focusing on their ideas.
Doing things differently gets easily confused with being wrong.
Ideas are cheap. Making them happen not.
Companies are going to operate fully virtual in the future. It’s just the last step to digitalization.
Manoeuvre and mislead, but always deliver.
a watched pot never boils.
When building products/features, always try the weirdest thing first, as it only gets harder to get weirder as real deadlines approach.
Perfectionism, fuck off.
Websites are creative outlets.
When you understand that under capitalism a forest has no value until it’s cut down, you begin to understand the root of our ecological crises.
we touch screens but we don’t feel them.
Weakest Link: Human
Donald Trump harnessed the biggest political trend of our generation – mistrust in institutions of all kinds. His superpower is making us mistrust anyone and anything, even when it’s trying to save our lives.
One wild side effect of this year’s quarantine, for me, is way less exposure to advertising.
Craftsmanship: attention to detail Luxury: attention to unnecessary detail.
reality is best built with fiction in mind.
If you want to have power you gotta go with the flow. If you think people in power really don’t seem like the “go with the flow” types, let me propose you might not see the flow they’re on. And they might not see it consciously either, if they’ve been with it their whole life.
merge skills for new skill
future has it’s roots in the past
Everything starts small.
Reason is what makes things work, Heart is what makes things worth.
Many — maybe most — people are comfortable in their chains as long as the bindings aren’t too tight. If the bindings aren’t too tight, they call it “freedom”.
The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free.
-Intro -Problem -Solution -Market Size -Business Model -Traction -Pipeline -3-5 Year Projections -Go-to-Market Strategy -Competition -Team -Ask -Closing
everyone wants to pick my brain, no one wants to pay it.
I personally dislike digital devices like computers and mobile phones – I think they’re limiting the user’s ability in performance and intuition.
Everything is limited edition.
Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.
Digital design was never as easy and hard at the same time as today.
Life improves when I let go of ideas of what I want it to be.
Everything we make causes damage; do we deserve to exist?
young people take it for granted that content floats around the internet detached from its original context.
how it works > how it looks
Predicting the future of the Internet is easy: anything it hasn’t yet dramatically transformed, it will. – Chris Dixon
Strong opinions loosely held — no one’s opinions were stronger, no one’s more loosely held.
god as a service.
Over the past 3 years, the past-year usage of LSD by Americans has increased by 56%. Scientists theorize it’s because the world has gone to hell and people are looking to self-medicate.
if you watch the Internet backwards, the nerds kick the corporations out and simplify the communications protocols until a single person can understand everything at once
meaningful distinctions: profit vs benefit expansion vs growth simplicity vs clarity choices vs decisions evaluations vs understanding convenience vs comfort fun vs satisfaction
You without society is your real you.
Digital doesn’t add value, reality does.
Creativity doesn’t save the world.
Events can’t be replaced by Online-Events.
Doing things countless times makes you a professional.
love people, not companies
Simple beats smart.
I’d far rather be happy than right any day.
There’s no such thing as design thinking. You’re just thinking. And frankly, you’re doing a shit job of it.
I stopped adapting how I interact with technology of any sort in like 2011
Home is not where you live, but where they understand you.
2020 Youth sucks
Emerging default script: you’re born chosen, doing the thing you were meant to do, in the place you were meant to do it, and already know the people you should do it with. And your family can tell you all you need to know. If you’re unhappy it’s the fault of outsiders.
Utility Design™ / Creative Framework™
The kids are alright. “Teenagers are using group accounts to flood Instagram with random user data that can’t be tied to a single person.”
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
The Democrats are truly more afraid of Bernie than they are of Trump, wow
the most mind-blowing thing about the internet is the way it lets us peer into other people’s interior lives, their wonderfully weird thought processes and inner monologues — it exposes differences in perceptual experience that used to be unknown unknowns
The most important qualification for any leader is not wanting to be leader – Plato
Your phone is a temporary feature — don’t spend your life on it (like you wouldn’t spend it on a fax machine)
“We define loneliness as the difference between the desire or expectation of what life should be like, and the reality”