Nathan Strickland

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How To Build A World-Class Design Portfolio

Six tips for building a portfolio that lands the job. Plus, peek inside the portfolios of designers at Facebook, Dropbox, and more.<p>I’ve reviewed thousands of designer portfolios over the past 10 years as a former design lead at Facebook and now as the cofounder of the investing and mentoring …

How game devs can hire the best talent, even without salaries

Nine Dots is a small indie start-up. The studio was founded three years ago, and we're currently a team of seven full-time developers.<p>Here's the catch: until recently, no one was paid a salary in the company. Fellow indie developers and start-up entrepreneurs always ask me the same thing: Where and …

Tricking Facebook's Algorithm

It may be possible to game Facebook's news feed, but the social publishing will still win in the end.<p>We often talk about algorithms like they're people. Algorithms take action. They think. They make decisions. Sometimes they even offend us and we tell them so: "Um, no thanks, Facebook." "Whoa, …

Build or Upgrade Your PC with Today's Amazon Gold Box Collection

Amazon is back with another great Gold Box for anyone looking to build or improve their PC. Whether you're starting from scratch with a motherboard …

How one man bypassed internet congestion and fixed his Netflix streaming

On today's internet, the shortest route is sadly not always the best<p>Colin Nederkoorn, a startup CEO living in New York City, was unhappy with his Netflix service. He pays Verizon for FiOS service that promises 75Mbps down. But when he tried to stream video, it was a miserable experience, with …

Review: Hours, the world’s simplest time-tracking app from former Apple Design Award winner Tapity

Anyone who has ever had the misfortune to have to use a corporate hours-tracking/billing system will know that they typically give every impression of being designed by an enraged gorilla working to a spec provided by a sadistic accountant.<p>Tapity, which won an Apple Design Award back in 2011 for …

Google: 6 Reasons Why Nobody Uses Your App

Nobody using your app? It’s okay, you aren’t alone. Here’s what may have gone wrong, according to Google.<p>There’s a dirty secret behind many of those hot new app startups you hear about every week. They have seed funding and a flashy landing page. They have articles in <i>TechCrunch</i> and promises to …

Video Game Layoff Stories

Confiscated e-mails. Sinking ships. The looming feeling that layoffs are coming, and there's nothing you can do to save yourself.<p>Two weeks ago, we …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Publishing your first app in the Play Store: what you need to know

The easiest way to distribute an Android app is via the Google Play store. It isn’t the only distribution method, but it is the simplest way to reach millions of potential users. Publishing your first app in the Play Store isn’t hard, with a few tips and pointers you can have your app ready for …

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How To Be Interesting In A Cover Letter

Offer something other than your desperate self on a platter–plus seven more tips from Indexed cartoonist Jessica Hagy.<p>Write one. Your resume checks off key words and gets your information in front of someone, but it’s not enough to get you an interview. Use the power of the cover letter for your …

Google's latest doodle is a playable Rubik's Cube

Google's Doodle — the design on the search engine's minimalist homepage — is a playable Rubik's Cube today.<p>The puzzle and icon of 1980s pop culture was invented in 1974, but the reason Google chose today, 5/19, to feature the Cube is because of the 519 quintillion configurations of the cubes.<p>The …

Useful Web Design Resources – Learning Coding & Design

Here are the topics of learning resources we’ll cover today:<p>Coding<p>Code Avengers Code Avengers’ courses are a fun way for students to learn computer …

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Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer

Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code.<p>I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent …

New Snowden Leak Reveals The NSA Planted Agents Inside 'World of Warcraft'

The Guardian recently said they have only published a very tiny percentage of the NSA documents provided to them by the now-infamous leaker Edward Snowden, and now a new revelation has taken a strange turn into the video game realm.<p>Documents provided by Snowden from 2008 say that the NSA and the …

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

The man who painted the Mona Lisa, and was the first to sketch out the helicopter and the submarine, also dabbled in music. So here's the question: What musical instrument did Leonardo da Vinci design?<p>There isn't an easy answer. His 15th-century sketches indicate something between a harpsichord and …

French court orders search firms to block pirate sites

<b>A court in France has ordered Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to block 16 video-streaming sites from their search results.</b><p>The case was brought by five groups representing film companies, distributors and producers.<p>The High Court in Paris ruled the websites were dedicated to the "distribution of works …

Life Is Too Short For A Broken Front-End, So We Created A New Smashing Book

It’s done: our brand new <i>Smashing Book</i>, full of <b>smart, time-saving tips</b> for crafting fine websites. Neatly packed in a gorgeous hardcover, the book …

54 Colorful Small Icons – Introducing The Smallicons [Freebie]

Here’s what you’ll get:<p>PSD file with 32- and 64-pixel versions;<br>• Ready-to-use PNG files in 32- and 64-pixel versions (@2x sizes are also included with …

Lessons Learned From An App Graveyard

Lesson 1: Validate The Need For An App<p>Don’t stretch Apple’s catchphrase “There’s an app for that” too far — not everything has to exist as an app. A …

Microsoft's new iOS and Android Remote Desktop apps let you control a PC from a phone

Microsoft is providing a new way for iOS and Android users to access their Windows PCs today. A new Remote Desktop app is now available for both operating systems, letting you simply connect to a Windows PC and control it. While a number of third-party solutions have existed previously, including …

How To Create High

Small Batteries<p>Mobile phones use radios for all communication, and they have little batteries that need to be carefully managed in order to avoid …

On Creative Leadership

Accessing Your Creativity …In The Shower<p>It’s 4:30 in the morning. The sun is starting to smear pink across the sky, and I’m in bed, working. Laying …

Original And Innovative Web Layouts

Original Web Layouts<p>Beurre & Sel This website is just beautiful. The automatic slideshow plays in the background, with the main navigation bar at the …

How To Create A Water Lily In Illustrator

If a document is already open and all set up, then you can load it into your Illustrator document by going to the swatches panel options menu, …

33 Tempting E-Commerce Icons [Freebie]

<i>Bank notes icon from up close.</i><p>Download The Icon Set For Free!<p><i>A preview of all the icons in the set.</i><p>Behind The Design<p>As always, here are some insights …

Land Your Next Web Development Job: The Interview Process

Preparation<p>This is the most important stage in the process and could determine whether you appeal to the recruiter. A CV won’t even make it past the …