“…I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist ….But democratic society--in it, the highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may. In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves his nation. And the nation which disdains the mission of art invites the fate of Robert Frost's hired man, the fate of having "nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope”….I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens… "
"I want a black with feeling". - Charles Eames
In support of the Sharing Economy, I've listed my bicycle on bike sharing site Spinlister. Why have my bike sit idle when someone could be using it? Duh. The service allows you to rent bikes by the hour, week, or month. They have a mobile app, and the whole listing process took less time than flossing my teeth. Look forward to meeting some folks who want to take "Chromeo" out for a spin. Curious to try a fixed gear bicycle? Live in San Francisco or visiting? Rent it here
Loving this NY Times article on a different type of education. Way to go Zach, Taeyoon, Jen, Amit.
The school for poetic computation is a school organized around exploring together the creative and expressive nature of computational approaches to art and design. The school’s focus is on writing code like creative writing — focusing on the mechanics of programming as well as demystifying as much as possible the tools, techniques and strategies for making art via code.
When was the last time you experienced joy in the process of renewing your domains?
Every so often I get an email from my domain hosting service, GoDaddy, reminding me it's that time of the year. I've collected a few over the years that have become things (www.critbuns.com, www.airbnb.com) and some that haven't become things. Regardless, I've endured GoDaddy's absence of human-centered design approach for over a decade. Conversion is the important lifeblood of a business model, but what's the point if the experience of converting is shitty? What are you really building? Really great, enduring businesses are more than just ATM machines. They create an emotional connection with their customers and deliver on a promise that goes beyond function. This happens when metrics and great design make love. Left brain and right brain create, well, the full brain. One hemisphere doesn't survive without the other. GoDaddy is a great example of all the utility you could ever want in domain management, hosting, etc, yet lacking on the emotional side. The minute I find a competing service with equal utility + that I actually look forward to interacting with, I'm switching. Which is what this post is about.
In 2009 I wrote about GoDaddy's user interface, and a VP responded (below). The conversation covers my frustration. I really appreciated her outreach and reply. This won a lot of points. Four more years of service, in fact. Unfortunately, not much has improved (on the front end) since then. I'm tired of cringing each time I think about logging in to their service. They redesign all the time, but instead of improving, it's like they redistribute the old elements into a different location. This increases the cognitive load as I have to figure out a new set of UI patterns. These days I avoid entering my GoDaddy account for as long as I can. This is a clear sign it's time to move on. I asked the Twitter who they thought provided great service, and here's the unvetted list. Post other services only with great interface design / customer experience in the comments. I'll update this post with the winner after exploring each service's interface – and emotional – fulfillment.
Code with visuals. Brilliant talk.