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Secret Google lab 'rewards staff for failure'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1046000/1046961_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524692080_4bc1357b95894dc6eddabd44ca396a83<p><b>In a few unremarkable looking, red brick buildings off the main Google campus in Mountain View, California, is Google X, its secret laboratory -</b> …

Product strategy means saying no

If you’re building a product, you have to be great at saying no. Not “maybe” or “later”. The only word is no.<p>Building a great product isn’t about …

Product Management

The simple reason products fail: Consumers don’t understand what they do

The Holy Grail for innovators often is not simply to win in an existing market, but also to create an entirely new product category. But doing so raises a critical question for the entrepreneur: How do you get potential customers and investors to understand what it is you are doing?<p>It’s harder than …

42 Rules to Lead by from the Man Who Defined Google's Product Strategy

Almost four years ago, Jonathan Rosenberg sent an email around Google stumping for more open systems, products, and services. As SVP of Products, he …

Leadership

Great Design Always Means Great Style (Misc Magazine)

Misc Magazine seems to like my essays, but this time they went too far: they asked me to write on style. Hmm.<p>Ah, style. The elegance of gentle …

Kitchens

User Expertise Stagnates at Low Levels

<b>Summary:</b> Learning is hard work, and users don't want to do it; they don't explore the user interface and don't know about most features.<p>Even …

Algorithmic Rape Jokes in the Library of Babel

1.On March 2, 2013, the KEEP CALM and DO WHATEVER meme reached peak terrible.A t-shirt company called Solid Gold Bomb was caught selling shirts with …

Why good storytelling helps you design great products

Advertisement<p>18 Comments<p>One of the biggest flubs that product teams make is confusing designs that look great with designs that actually work well. …

Can Siri go deaf, mute and blind?

Earlier in “Is Siri really Apple’s future?” I outlined Siri’s strategic promise as a transition from procedural search to task completion and …

Nearly a Decade Later, the Autocomplete Origin Story: Kevin Gibbs and Google Suggest

If you head over to the search field on Google, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or any of the world’s other big websites and start writing, a …

The Future Mundane

Broadly speaking, design projects may be split into three categories: now, next and future. Most of our time as designers is concerned with the now …

3 Ways To Make Wearable Tech Actually Wearable

To gain widespread popularity, wearables have to be more than just functional and innovative. People have to want to wear them.<p>Wearable technology <i>is</i> the next new wave of technology, and it’s bound to drive a lot of the innovation in the consumer electronics industry. We can expect to see a lot more …

You Lookin’ at Me? Reflections on Google Glass.

There is but one remedy for the Glass wearer — a bucket of ice water in the face whenever you suspect he has taken you unawares<p>With the public beta …

Deep Inside Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Taco

From handshake deals to experiments at Home Depot, the history of Taco Bell’s disruptive faux cheese-dusted taco.<p>In early 2009, three years prior to Taco Bell’s 50th anniversary, CEO Greg Creed was already experiencing something of a midlife crisis. “Our target audience is [customers] in their 20s. …

The First 15 Seconds: How Great Products Thrive

I'd propose that, in the first 15 seconds of every new experience, people are lazy, vain, and selfish.<p>This is not intended as cynical jibe at …

5 Ways To Prevent Bad Microcopy

With the adoption of agile development and lean UX, we’re often concerned about racing through iterations and getting our products in front of …

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Transitional Interfaces

<b>Designers love to sweat the details</b>. Much time is spent pixel-fucking buttons, form styles, setting type, & getting those icons as sharp as a tack. …

UI Design

Inge Druckrey: Teaching to See

The Magical Tech Behind Paper For iPad’s Color-Mixing Perfection

By Chris Dannen9 minute Read<p>Colors can inspire mood, convey attitude, or create instant associations in people’s minds, making it a powerful tool for …

Go Big by Going Home

Launch Day: the culmination of thousands of hours of focused, dedicated work; hundreds of scrapped ideas that will never see the light of day; dozens …

Mobile Devices

You Can't Innovate Like Apple

<i>Note: Experience tells me I must start with the disclaimer that I admire Apple, but I am not a Macaholic or a Windows Geek. I don’t care who has the</i> …

Apple Store

What is the design process at Path?

This is actually a really fantastic video that gives a lot of insight into the design process at Path. This was taken not too long before Path 2 was …

Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution

<i>By Dieter Bohn and Ellis Hamburger</i><p>Something strange and remarkable started happening at Google immediately after Larry Page took full control as CEO in 2011: it started designing good-looking apps.<p>Great design is not something anybody has traditionally expected from Google. Infamously, the company …

The Science Behind Those Obama Campaign E-Mails

One fascination in a presidential race mostly bereft of intrigue was the strange, incessant, and weirdly overfamiliar e-mails that emanated from the …

MailChimp Mobile Apps for iOS and Android

Staying on top of your marketing is even easier when you can do it from anywhere. MailChimp gives you the power to create and send campaigns, manage …