Author: raffybanks

Judging a Book by Its Title

I’ve found myself judging books by their title. Determining if I want to spend my time learning the one thing a book has to offer. As if a title can reduce a book’s value Ono a few words. Or if that’s all it offers. Now I jump and skim books before I buy and if

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No Coding Skills Required

While this sales phrase may eventually fade, the need and growth for solutions that require coding skills will not. This means more and more coding opportunities for coders, but also a less of a need need to learn to code (because coders will make more and more things that no longer require one to know

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This is a bad question. When asked, you invariably look backwards, wondering whether you’ve done enough of worth the previous five years. Better to think and worry about today, the here an now. Dismissing expectations from mind is the easiest way to extend your life.

Proximity to customers

If you’re creating something for others to use, you need access to at least a small sample of those people. If you do not have direct and immediate access, you will never understand their needs. Understanding their problems is the easiest way to create good solutions. A good way to do this is to be

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Is finding meaning important?

In life. Is it important to have an understanding of our own purpose, to have purpose, or make sense of the things around us? Or should we live in the now? Ignore the bigger picture. Move forward. Ignore context. Try new things. Focus on the granular. Take a step forwards. Often times, meaning entails looking

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Defining yourself loosely is the greatest way to live

In the modern world we define ourselves based on an idea that was created during the industrial revolution. The idea of a highly specialized workforce. Everyone has an area of focus, and you master it to get ahead. While this is still true, and easy to benefit from, it will not last for much longer.

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Technological advantages only matter if we have more choices

Does knowing how to send an email give you an advantage? No. Does knowing how craft a convincing and persuasive letter give you an advantage? Yes. Does knowing how to use Yelp find a restaurant give you an advantage? No. Does knowing how to write an advanced recommendation AI engine give you an advantage? Yes.

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Having good ideas when you’re young

When you’re young, your ideas often times look strange. Especially to those around you. They’re dismissed as being naive, innocent, or ill informed. The unfortunate side affect is the sense that you’re wrong or your ideas will not spread. Then you either give up or adjust your idea to match how others perceive the world.

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How Balsamiq Makes Application Loading Enjoyable

I love this little UX gem. Every time you open a new Balsamiq project, instead of a boring loading screen, you are welcomed with a new UI/UX quote: If there is no way around something that’s annoying, may as well find a way to make it enjoyable. Better yet, turn it into something people anticipate

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Uncomfortable travel

Why is travel so enjoyable? Is it the desire to experience something new, or the need to leave something behind? If we’re always on the go, could it mean we are always on the run? Maybe we just want to experience more. More environments, more languages, more food, and more people. Maybe we want to

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Mobile web is dead?

Tony Haile writes in A correction around the death of the mobile web about the mistake of conflating time spent on the mobile web with time spent in a traditional browser. That users spend tremendous amounts time accessing the mobile web through social apps in-app browsers. Knowing the ‘where’ helps us focus on where to

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The Seattle Great Wheel

Something romantic about going round and round, up and down, at the water’s edge. Something about ferris wheels make them more impressive than skyscrapers. I don’t know what it is. The Seattle Great Wheel

Smarter than…

Comparing two things based on a seemingly common denominator gives the allusion of a fair assessment. Comparing math test scores of one set of kids in one district, in one state, with those in another district, in another state may seem like a good way to assess each, but tests ignore way too much. Comparisons

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Content strategy resources

Figuring out your content strategy is not a simple task. You want to make informed decisions about the current state of your content, and where you want to take it. Luckily there are countless resources out there to help you along the way. Here are a few I’ve been using recently: Content Strategy for the

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Road Runner Game, Portland, OR

The best thing about wandering into junk shops and thrift stores is coming across the things that remind you of your childhood. The Road Runner (Chariots of Fur video) was one of my favorite cartoons when I was young. Well, and to this day. Something about its simplicity, same with Tom and Jerry (The Invisible

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Whidbey Island and Port Townsend, Washington

Strollbear and I took a day trip to Whidbey Island and Port Townsend last weekend. It had been awhile since either of has had been out of the city, so we packed up the car with music and snacks and headed north with little planning. View from Port Townsend

The importance of making new thoughts

It’s easy to think about the same things everyday. To have the same thoughts everyday. Thoughts on life. On time. What to read. What to write. Who to interact with. What to focus on. Unless your putting forth the effort, your thoughts can become formulaic. This is ok for the mundane and the things that

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