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Why Steve Jobs Killed the Newton

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Aggregated on Sunday April 24, 2016 - Permalink

Steve Jobs, via Egg Freckles : Focusing is saying yes, right? No. Focusing is about saying no. You’ve got to say, no, no, no. The result of that focus is going to be some really great products where the total is much greater than the sum of the parts. I think that most companies can’t be successful with one stack of system software. Rarely can they manage two. If you require a …

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Designing for the Edge Cases

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Aggregated on Friday April 29, 2016 - Permalink

Ash Huang : Product design is all about edge cases. It’s trying to figure out how users will break your system, and doing your best to anticipate that. It’s helping humans be better humans and keeping them from falling through cracks. If you require a short url to link to this article, please use http://ignco.de/749

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The New Nintendo

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Aggregated on Sunday May 1, 2016 - Permalink

Wiim : Samurais had only just been abolished when Nintendo started doing business. Nintendo has always been on its own track. And now that’s changing. (…) Take your Zelda and NX announcements, discuss them all day if you have to, but the most monumental announcement is the birth of a Nintendo that no longer marches to its own tune. Nintendo has always been at its best …

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Designed for Use, Second Edition

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Aggregated on Tuesday May 17, 2016 - Permalink

For the last months, I’ve been working on an updated version of Designed for Use. It’s now available! Among many others, the second edition includes the following amazing changes: Four totally new, never before seen chapters ,[^contrary] bringing the total from 35 to 40![^forty] Fixed all of the links![^amazing] When ordered directly from the publisher,[^amazon] the print …

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Input Masks: Violating User Expectations

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Aggregated on Tuesday June 28, 2016 - Permalink

When designing forms, there’s a pretty deep chasm between the needs of the developer, and the needs of the user. Developers want structured, normalized data. Users want to enter data in whatever format suits them best. Forcing people to enter structured data causes usability problems. What do you mean, it’s not a valid phone number? Looks valid to me - except that the backend wants …

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Pokémon GO

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Aggregated on Wednesday July 13, 2016 - Permalink

John Gruber : I"™ve been advocating for Nintendo to fully commit to making games for mobile since 2013 (parts one and two). I just re-read both pieces and they both hold up really well. I hate to say it (OK, I love to say it), but it looks like I was right. That kind of remains to be seen. Pokémon GO isn’t really a Nintendo game.[^and] It’s not even made by Game Freak, the people …

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