The Atlantic: America’s Rebel Band of Custom-Bike Builders.
“Right now is the Golden Age in custom frame building. [snip] There have never been more builders producing, and the quality has never been higher.” Prices, too. $15K means the 1% are buying bikes? I’d like to see a followup on who the market is, and how the bikes are actually used.
Youtube: The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch).
Atlantic: America’s Workers -: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted.
“… the U.S. falls several rungs below other countries with more rational work-life policies, such as France. So we’re putting in the most hours, but we’re not actually working intense, short, productive hours. We’re just putting in a lot of meaningless face time because that’s what our workplace cultures value — at the expense of our health, our families, and our souls.”
Branders.ch: Storytelling in marketing communications. (in German)
Worthy, even through the filter of bad translation mechanisms.
Links for you a bit later on.
DP Review: 500px Prime goes live, photographers now get 70% not 30%.
“Would you be happy with selling an unlimited license to one of your pictures, forever, for $175?” $250 is the lowest price for any photographic work. Not exactly Etsy now, is it?
Ask DN: How to prevent your clients from destroying websites?
This will, hopefully, get more entertaining (and helpful) as the comments roll in ...
TechCrunch: Stripe Debuts A New Checkout Experience With One-Click Payments.
Pretty. I understand Stripe only pays out once a week, rather than on-demand as PayPal does (three days from request to deposit).
Later: I think I’ve mentioned this before, but if I haven’t … do check where your payment-processor-of-choice is incorporated, and what their legal schemes are. You’ll be surprised (maybe not) to sometimes find them incorporated in Eastern Europe - or Bermuda/Cayman Islands, and limiting you to arbitration.
CodeKit 2 is out, and looks awesome.
99U: How to Effectively Manage Your Inner Critic.
A couple of good suggestions. I like “I’m not really going to do x, I’m just getting ready for it.”
A List Apart: Delivery Logistics.
“Detailing ‘I will deliver 1x Photoshop file as a final design’ in your estimate or proposal is setting yourself up for failure. We can’t ever know how many deliverables we’ll need to convey our ideas effectively, or what fidelity will work best at each step of the design process.”
Shift: Episode 019 - All change.
Euan and Megan bring another good episode to the metacosm. Change makes me think of Zhuangzi, the great Taoist teacher. “You can’t throw a lasso around the boundless.” All is change. Rather than leashing it, be more skilled at herding employees in the direction change is going. Or simply relinquishing control and following employees’ leads. Some would want to codify such procedures; but is codification an anti-change agent in itself? Anyway, check it out.
TopRank: What Google Hummingbird Really Means and What Marketers Can Do About It
“If Google personalizes every search experience at the individual level, how can you implement search engine optimization for an infinite number of possibilities?”
“The answer is simple: You don’t.”
Sploid: Pro photographer looking for people to do their job without pay.
So it’s not just a local insanity. That’s not very comforting.
Design Sponge: Biz Ladies - 6 Tips for Staying Creative without Colleagues.
Early morning before-business-hours client panic.
Solved. Butt-saving is my specialty. On to look for linkage, as time allows.
The New Yorker: The Open-Office Trap.
“The psychologists assessed the employees’ satisfaction with their surroundings, as well as their stress level, job performance, and interpersonal relationships before the transition, four weeks after the transition, and, finally, six months afterward. The employees suffered according to every measure: the new space was disruptive, stressful, and cumbersome, and, instead of feeling closer, coworkers felt distant, dissatisfied, and resentful. Productivity fell.” Can’t stand the noise, personally.
The Feth Element: Things are going to change, I can feel it.
Good one, Will.
Web Work Garage: Helping clients as a web generalist.
“If you can do enough different things well enough to build what one client truly needs, that’s marketable. It’s not about being the best in the world at some particular aspect of things. It’s about helping that one client get the best website for his/her particular business.” Hear, hear.
DN: Designers/front-end developers using a pre-existing theme for portfolio or blog?
No comments yet. This’ll be entertaining.
JeffCroft: Web Standards Killed the HTML Star.
“I personally know several people who feel unequipped in today’s job market, because their skillset is a commodity now. Today, when you interview for a job titled ‘Front End Developer,’ you’re going to be grilled on everything from Backbone to Angular to Node. Prefer ‘Product Designer?’ That, too, requires a bunch of skills you didn’t learn on A List Apart. HTML and CSS gurumansship is no longer enough to get yourself a job — rather, it’s one of the quick yes/no questions you’re asked on the phone screen before you even get to talk to the hiring manager.” I was just discussing this with occasional commenter and friend Eric in Santa Fe over Christmas holiday. “Diversify or die” was pretty much our conclusion. Zeldman also comments.
Gerry McGovern: How reliable are web analytics?
“Let’s say you’re a single man in a bar and you see a beautiful woman. You walk up to her, smile, she smiles back. You say a few words and then offer to buy her a drink. She says okay, then you pause and inform her that before you will buy her a drink she has to give you her phone number. How successful do you think you’re going to be?”
99U: You Were Born to Sell: Dismantling the Myths of Self-Promotion.
“Turn selling into an act of being yourself.” Works for weblogging, too, BTW.
It’s that time again, people.
I’ve destroyed two more office chairs this year. Anyone found the Holy Grail of low-cost, sturdy office chairs? Wheels, lower back support … recline and arms not necessary. Thinking of going for a Banker’s Chair (wooden) this time.
Links in a coupla hours. Everyone’s getting ‘jiggy’ to have changes up by Xmas.