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MAKE: Blog: Macbook air – yes, it can be laser etched Mine cost way too much to irreversibly decorate, but perhaps you’d like to put a monkey on your Air. (tags: macbook_air personalization fun) Facebook Fatigue? Visitors Level Off In the U.S. Is Facebook app spam driving users away? I certainly don’t use it as [Keep Reading...]

Quotes to live by

The design team moved downstairs to a new office space last week. We took over the former space of Jack Morton, an experience marketing agency. On one of the walls in the lobby is a set of quotes presumably said by Jack himself. I walked past a bunch of times without paying much attention, but [Keep Reading...]

The value of personas

I’ve never been completely convinced that personas are a valuable design tool. And I think that’s because I’ve been confused all along. To me, personas are the total sum of silly names, stock photography and forced lists of likes and dislikes. The act of creating the personas is worthwhile because I solidify in my mind [Keep Reading...]

Bill Gates’ Last Day at Microsoft

I know it happened two weeks ago, but I just stumbled upon a clip of Bill Gates’ keynote speech at CES 2008. He opened with a video of what his last day as a full-time employee at Microsoft might be like. Many of you know that I’m a die-hard MacAddict, and by extension lover of [Keep Reading...]

I Scare Myself

I read a statistic in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal that surprised me: “U.S. households had their TV sets on for 8 hours and 44 minutes daily during the 2006-2007 television season, according to Nielsen Media Research.” I thought about how that could be possible. Start with 524 minutes. Let’s say you wake up at [Keep Reading...]

The Locks on My Front Door

I’ve lived in this apartment for almost two years, and yet I still haven’t developed the muscle memory for which way to turn the key to open the locks on my front door. No, I’m not a total dolt. I’m pretty mindful of it actually, and have attempted to come up with a mnemonic. I [Keep Reading...]