On Vacation

So technically I am on vacation until the 1st of August, when the new company officially begins. Of course, this first day was spent being very busy finishing up a photo project for submission tomorrow. Supposedly being on vacation and “getting away”, I found myself checking in frequently to my email, my IM, my facebook…

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Making Room for the next generation

I recently went through the process of interviewing candidates for a position on my team. We decided this time though, that we had enough senior and mid-level people and that we would bring in some junior talent. This serves two purposes – bringing new blood into the organization that isn’t jaded by the work world…

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Mind Your Reputation

I am pleased to announce that we recently released a set of 9 Reputation Patterns over on the Yahoo! Pattern Library. Written primarily by Bryce Glass, these patterns are many months in the making and reflect the work of Bryce, product manager Yvonne French, and much guidance from our former community guru Randy Farmer as…

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Y! OS Finally Announced

Last year, my team was working in the Platform division and working on creating the social media platform for Yahoo! This included components related to identity, how a person is identified across the yahoo! network, reputation, relationships and something we call vitality – a person’s updates and lifestream of activity across the network or internet….

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Graceful Interfaces

Over the last couple of days, I have done some online shopping and been pleasantly surprised by a couple of small interface behaviors that made my life easier as a shopper. Amazon [http://www.amazon.com] When presented with the login screen – the information is already pre-filled (I saved it in my browser) – but the radio…

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the eight types

Whitney Hess points me to the blog of Tom Fishburne who does these amazingly funny cartoons of corporate life. He has a series that describes the 8 types of creative directors, the 8 types of bad creative critics and the 8 types of brand managers. If you have ever worked with a CD or Brand…

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No Bosses

Interesting post by VC Paul Graham. It’s an interesting essay on the dynamics of humans in groups and makes a case for working in smaller companies rather than in large ones with hierarchies. Definitely food for thought.

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Getting your game on

One of my longtime colleagues and friend Matt Leacock, who is an amazing interaction designer, is also a board game designer. He often has coworkers alpha and beta test his games – which are amazingly complex but fun – so it’s been fun to see his ideas evolve as he iterates and refines the games….

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