On our journey of learning, we're going to encounter 3 types materials: Narrative, Tutorial and Reference. A lot of online learning materials we encounter will remain in the Tutorial category, because tutorials are easier to come up with. And there will always be a scarcity of a good narrative. Ultimately, it is our job, as an active learner, to distinguish each type of teaching. It's also our job to decide how far we want to go.Read More
If you have more than a thousand threads of thoughts running at every single second... like, you are at your closet to clean up the cluster, suddenly a skirt reminds you that perfect matching necklace is still missing; as you go through your jewelry box, the mirror next to you just looks like collecting dust all the time; then you remember you wanted to order that magic glass cleanser long time ago; Hell when you fire up your Amazon, tons of interesting books and items suggested specially to you on the front page all look worth checking out... Before you realize, half a day has gone, you are at your kitchen mixing the new cocktail from the recipe you just read from a random blog, and your closet is still a mess.Read More
Sorting is a mathematical problem to be solved by objectivity. But sorting an array of colors is very subjective. After all, between yellow and red, who should go first? To make sure that we're comparing apple to apple, orange to orange, we'll need to decompose the construct of a color.Read More
Early morning on a Saturday. Light breakfast. Networking. Opening session.
9:30am. People spread out into 14 different room in the Microsoft NERD center for the topic of their choice. Breakout session started.
9:35am. The facilitator who proposed this topic couldn't make it to the event.
9:38am. Before people stood up to leave, Phil Gross from Visual IQ stepped in: "Let's discuss this topic ourselves. It's a volunteer run event after all!"Read More
12 speakers, 2 days' seminar, 1 day workshop. I think this event is well curated. Opening talk by An Event Apart co-founder Jeffery Zeldman, listed reasons for this conference - we're here because web design as a relatively young and ill-defined discipline, is still not fully understood by our boss, our clients, our creative directors and design award judges. Not even ourselves. Then 10 speakers from various backgrounds and perspectives blew my mind. Just when I thought I was in a dream that I didn't want to wake up from, closing talk by Scott Berkun pumped up the spirit by encouraging designers and engineers alike to take initiatives once we're back in our workplace, making innovations happen, strategically (session notes).Read More
Luke Wroblewski talked about Screen Time on day 1, then gave a full day workshop on day 3 on Mobile Design. The knowledge and information he brought to the table is really really really condensed. I'll try to capture my notes here on a high level. In case you want to hear him talking, I found a video of him talking at Designer + Geeks event: It's a Write/Read (Mobile) Web.Read More
Paul Irish's talk is a bit too technical for me. But while I was googling references I came across this line on his colleague Ilya Grigorik's personal site:
A GOAL IS A DREAM WITH A DEADLINE.
Other takeaways from Paul's talk:
Improving mobile performance.
- Bandwidth vs. Latency: impact on page loading time
- Video streaming is bandwidth; bandwidth is related to page size.
- Web browsing is latency; latency is related to how many requests the page sends.
- The performance waterfall - this I have to read a blog post to understand.