I stand before you tonight in my Red Star chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up and my fair hair gently waved, the ‘Iron Lady’ of the Western world.
A realistic view of the present and an optimistic perspective on what’s possible is at the heart of nearly every great company ever built.
We just have to face the reality that our educational system in slack economies can’t guarantee all that hard work you spend getting smarter will actually yield you anything except debt.
Moderate success is a distraction, and it keeps founders from bigger success.
Typography is everywhere: on products, in books, on signs. We live our days in and around type and for the most part it goes unnoticed. Yet there are people that labour over type: the shape, the relationships between letters, the negative space. The work they do is important, and you can learn it too.
Brandon has teamed up with Tim to create Monogram, a brand new service that allows “makers and doers” to easily create online profiles tailored specifically for their craft: videos, photos, and the like.
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Our pal Kyle Fox helped put together an intriguing-looking conference at the end of August in Edmonton – Crafting Type: An introductory typeface design workshop.. There’s some extra background here, and we’re sure it’ll be a fascinating learning experience. If you’re curious about learning how to get started with type design & have the dough, you should check it out.
They [made] the single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make:
They decided to rewrite the code from scratch.
That’s from Joel Spolsky’s classic essay Things You Should Never Do.
If you’re a product developer you’ve probably had the urge to rewrite a working product from scratch. I certainly have.
Us developers get a warm, fuzzy feeling when we imagine the opportunity to start from a clean slate. To re-architect moving parts that don’t make sense. To rewrite aesthetically ugly code in a shiny new language. To eliminate infrastructure choices that are hindering development.
These might seem like rational reasons to rebuild. But Joel makes an important point that most developers overlook in their state of greenfield wanderlust:
It’s important to remember that when you start from scratch there is absolutely no reason to believe that you are going to do a better job than you did the first time. First of all, you probably don’t even have the same programming team that worked on version one, so you don’t actually have “more experience”. You’re just going to make most of the old mistakes again, and introduce some new problems that weren’t in the original version.
Joel outlines many other reasons developers & managers convince themselves a complete rewrite is the best course of action, and more importantly, why it rarely makes sense for a business to totally rebuild their product.
If you’ve ever considered rewriting from scratch, or have actually gone ahead with it, you’ll get a lot of value from reading the full article.
Today Microsoft Announced the new logo for Windows 8. Dropping the iconic rainbow-flag is a bold step for them, and I think it’s an improvement. However, there are a few reasons I think the new logo falls short:
- Microsoft should drop the “8” from the logo. Tacking on the version number detracts from the Windows brand itself. I understand it’s there to help consumers identify the product their looking for, but does it need to be part of the actual logo? I doubt it.
- Along the same lines, why include the (TM) and (R) symbols? They do nothing but add visual clutter and become unrecognizable blobs at small sizes. Are those marks even necessary? Probably not. I can’t find a single (TM) or (R) on Apple’s website.
- Segoe is a bad choice of typeface for this logo. Microsoft wanted the new logo to echo the “Swiss design” philosophy behind Metro itself, as well as feel “fluid.” With it’s varying stroke width and uncomfortably harsh corners, Segoe accomplishes neither of these. Its humanist characteristics also clash with the geometric & fluid feel of the four boxes.
You can read more about the new Window logo on Brand New.