This week was a week of learning, both at the office and on the web. At Primate we learnt what it takes to be nominated for an award (yay us!), why some of us are considering abstaining from alcohol completely (it will never last), and why Backbone.js is the best thing since breakfast Red Bull and Pop Tarts. We also started learning Qigong. Broaden our search though to the global communication superhighway and on the web we learnt about iPad apps, the end of the days of client services and why good content is king. Again.
A great little round-up from Think Vitamin here that showcases ten of the best iPad apps for development. As a new iPad 2 owner, I’m always on the look out for hot apps, especially anything that will free me from location constraints and allow me to work on the go. And with the discovery of iSSH and Koder it looks like that dream finally become a reality. Laptops truly are dead to me now.
A great post by Nate over at Full Stop Interactive in response to an article written by Khoi Vinh at Subtraction which essentially states that it’s more beneficial (both financially and in terms of quality) for clients to develop digital products in-house rather than commission external agencies. Whilst I appreciate Khoi’s point (and indeed that’s why big, big organisations – like the BBC – do their own internal development), Nate fights back with some excellent responses that pretty much summarise my own point of view. Bottom line is, it’s never going to be viable for smaller companies to hire in full time staff with the experience and skills required to make only a single, one-off product.
Tyler Tate writes a fascinating article that looks at the benefits of applying the principles behind human learning to web site user interface design. His premise is well-thought and compelling and he truly demonstrates how all of the usability aspects and features on sites we sometimes take for granted or only unconsciously notice actually combine together to promote very powerful selling techniques. A good read.
A very compelling post by Rachel Andrews that takes a look at the problems (believe me, there are many) of traditional WYSIWYG editors. Aside from being clunky and difficult to use and not at all representative of the final display, they severely restrict the aesthetics of user controlled pages and fundamentally limited the design. Indeed, it’s time for something better…
Sometimes the most simplistic designs are the most elegant and effective of them all. Coincidentally I also need a new toothbrush.