Archive for January, 2009
Antonio Lupetti, one of the coolest CSS gurus, compiled his multiple blog entries and published a FREE eBook “The Woork Handbook”
Download the Woork Handbook [PDF]The book contains articles with code sections, images, illustrations and links to original contents on woork.
Omni Group’s Omnigraffle (Mac only) is an excellent tool for web prototyping. Now with Yahoo! and Konigi FREE stencil kits it’s just irresistible!
Konigi OmniGraffle Wireframe Stencils a set of shapes for making wireframes (low-fidelity web page schematics) in OmniGraffle version 5.x (Mac OS X). It consists of most of the basic elements you’ll need to create user interface specifications.
Download the stencils
Design Pattern Library by Yahoo! Yahoo’s new Design Pattern Library, this great tool is even more useful. It includes all the widgets used on a normal web page, as well as more exotic ones like calendars, carousels and sliders, as well as common screen resolutions and os widgets.
How do you design? is Hugh Dubberly’s ‘unfinished’ book with a great collection of over one-hundred descriptions of design and development processes, from architecture, industrial design, mechanical engineering, quality management, and software development.
Everyone designs. The teacher arranging desks for a discussion. The entrepreneur planning a business. The team building a rocket.
Their results differ. So do their goals. So do the scales of their projects and the media they use. Even their actions appear quite different. What’s similar is that they are designing. What’s similar are the processes they follow.
Our processes determine the quality of our products. If we wish to improve our products, we must improve our processes; we must continually redesign not just our products but also the way we design. That’s why we study the design process. To know what we do and how we do it. To understand it and improve it. To become better designers.
I am a lousy cook, but a big fan of good cooking shows. Why? ‘Cause I get many useful business lessons from the world class chefs. Seriously! Here goes few -
- There is no secret recipe
Share everything. Chefs share there recipes will everyone, write books, host TV shows. Being open don’t take away any business from them, rather increase their reputation and eventually grow business. Share everything you learned with your present and prospective clients. If only hoarding the ‘trade secret’ can save you, you don’t have a sustainable business to start with.
- Create an audience, not just a client base.
Chefs create audience, a group of targeted people who are always listening and tuning into chef’s recommendations. In business? Imaging the ‘audience’ of Steve Job’s hour long commercials! Enough said!
- Presentation matters
No matter how good the food taste like, no one will like a badly presented dish. Presentation matters, in every front of business. Be careful how you present yourself – starting from your name-cards, PowerPoint presentations to website. If you don’t have the required skill, don’t take a chance – hire a professional designer.
- Repeat yourself.
Chefs always repeats the ingredients and the process at least once. Follow that for every presentation or pitch you do. We might be center of owe own universe, but not for others. a quick repetition with highlighting key points is always a good habit.
- Simplicity Rules
(Good) Chefs never suggest a complex cooking process or a hard to find ingredient. Simplicity is a key success factor. Edit away all the jargons from your sales pitch and business processes. Checkout Startcooking.com, great and simple recipes presented awesomely. In fact you can learn a lot about presentation from Startcooking.com. Here goes an example :
- Try new new things
- Don’t waste peoples time
Good chefs are articulated and precise. They don’t waste time (again Startcooking.com is the case in point)
Be precise and to the point for all your business communications – emails, web page writeup, presentations. People don’t have eternity for your stories. Tell them how you are going to make their life better and shut up.
Not all the recipes are success stories. Keep experimenting and keep what works. There are many chefs, running shows and writing cookbooks for more than 10/15 years, still presenting always fresh and new things. Keep re-inventing, re-imagining.
Inspiration : A short talk by Jason Fried from 37 Signals over at BIF-4 Collaborative Innovation Summit
Cross posted at Macchiato