I found this Medium article discussing Scrum and its effect on the design process.
https://t.co/Udl2R48nRW scrum interrupts flow
— Panchenga (@nchenga) February 10, 2017
For future reference:
Creating Collaboration in a Room Full of Opinions
I just passed four joggers on my daily bicycle ride home from work. Just as i passed, one of the joggers answered her smartphone while continuing to jog:
“Hello! I’m jogging.”
Another year has passed. And it’s time to look at my photos and select a snapshot per month.
My photo selection skills are influenced by memories, rather than the photo’s quality alone.
I quickly scan through my photos on a per month basis and select a photo based on number of views, personal taste, or memories or a mixture of all three.
Your feedback and comments are highly appreciated.
You can also view the selection in this Flickr album.
I saw this article on Scrum and UX design at t3n.de (in German only).
How to call your cat indoors on a rainy autumn evening in Basel:
Büsi is Swiss-German for cat.
I followed the tip to use Homebrew. And 2 to 3 commands later I had generated a skeleton of a site.
Hugo is well-documented and it looks like an exciting alternative to explore.
It supports TOML, YAML and JSON.
I still have a couple of lessons to go thru in my Udemy course.
For all my creative photography friends, here’s an article by Moz on how images boost conversion. And a list of tools.
The sample images displayed in the Moz article aren’t very inspiring but the tools look useful.
Need a place to work in CPH for a couple of hours or 1 day? I can recommend the cafe of http://republikken.net/. Good coffee. Work atmosphere with other people working around you.
Here’s a Moz article on the current trend to write long-form articles.
Long-form articles need to be well-researched. Just going for length is not going to work.
“Create content that helps people.”
It’s fun… writing about long-form articles in very short blog posts.
Tip 1: Use simple vocabulary
Tip 2: Use short sentences
Tip 3: Help readers navigate your writing
For future reference
Last Saturday I attended Barcamp Bodensee in Konstanz.
Here are some brief notes and thoughts on sessions that I attended:
Ask a digital teen
Barcamp attendees asked a 15 year old what apps and web services he uses. Youtube, Gaming, TeamSpeak, Discord app, some Whatsapp, Google Calendar. No TV. No Facebook. His school doesn’t allow the use of smartphones on the school grounds.
Digital strategy for non-profit organizations
Digital strategy means finding a way to connect CMS and CRM and accounting and payment apps and processes. CiviCRM was recommended; if offers connectors for WordPress and Drupal. There’s an association called “Software für Engagierte” (in German only). QuickBook, Collmex were mentioned for accounting purposes.
Getting Things Done
A certified GTD trainer offered an intro to David Allen’s method. Mind like water. Some very useful tips. For example, to do lists aren’t enough. Lists need to be sorted and categorized. Actionable items and next steps instead of just listing the project. Tasks that take less than 2 minutes should be taken care of immediately. Cos it takes more time to get back to these mini-tasks. Related links:
Intro to Snapchat
Useful intro to a social network that is growing fast. The speaker encouraged us to sign up to learn how influencers are using Snapchat for storytelling.
— André Kirberg (@adkirberg) April 16, 2016
Messaging apps are probably going to change in 2016, c.f. Facebook’s recent announcement. E.g. possibility to order services and buy products via chat like in Asian chat apps, Line and WeChat. We went off on a tangent and collected a comprehensive list of messaging apps….
I’ve learnt a lot at barcamps in the past and recommend attending one or two if you can. The same content will cost you $$$ at a commercial conference and lots more nerves. Barcamps are fun and way more relaxing.
Some photos from my Flickr stream:
I’ve got this theory that fresh green colour soothes the eyes and helps to relax.
I saw 2 cats. Both look somewhat unamused. And ready to pounce on any intruders.
Saturday was sunny and warm. I like this snapshot, taken with my Moto 3 G:
I found this list of useful tips on launching a WordPress site:
Don’t Launch a WordPress Site Before You Go Through This Checklist https://t.co/1jYcZV1yVH too late, already launched
— Panchenga (@nchenga) March 27, 2016
Things to watch out for are:
WordPress is working on a new codebase:
I don’t know how this will play out for self-hosted sites. You can use Calypso functionality via Jetpack. The benefit, that I read most frequently, is that the Calypso editor is well designed for writers.
On my daily bicycle commute, I kept noticing art posters, labelled Le nouvel Unterlinden. Today, I saw a Designboom article, shared by someone in my community, discussing the newly renovated museum in Colmar.
— designboom (@designboom) February 7, 2016
Advertising works. Both print and online.
I listened to the latest episode of The Big Web Show this weekend. The topic was interaction architecture. Here’s a tweet pointing to the show:
— The Big Web Show (@thebigwebshow) January 22, 2016
On Sunday evening, I saw this tweet, which describes exactly what happened to our content/our attention.
Remember when we all moved out of the houses we owned into the big free hotel, and years later management changed the wallpaper to ads?
— Paul Ford (@ftrain) February 6, 2016
Maybe a good candidate for my Twitter Poetry collection?
I saw this film: An by Naomi Kawase. I liked it.
It’s about freedom. It has a poetic feel. It’s slow and feels real. You get attached to the main characters.
Here is an attempt to find my best snapshot per month for 2015.
I quickly scanned through my photos on a per month basis and selected a photo based on number of views or memories or both.
I saw this article today on the benefits of blogging:
“So why should you blog?” https://t.co/sxbWSvtWPI
— ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) November 1, 2015
I’ve written about the reflective power of writing. E.g. here.
I bet, there were similar articles about writing ever since writing was invented.
It’s quite difficult to carve out a space in our multimedia world to sit down and write and reflect and create. Many times I just feel like I am part of the echo chamber. Not adding any value. Not going deep enough.
One reason to keep your blog going is digital memories.
The weather was beautiful today. Sunny and warm. I tried to capture the day and hold onto the moment with these snapshots.
Walking down the stairs:
Crossing the river Rhein at the Kraftwerk:
This bicycle colour is cool:
Just like in San Francisco, the fog moved in at around 5 pm:
I am continuing my Vine experiment. Here’s the new water fountain in Riehen Dorf:
— ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) November 1, 2015
Video isn’t easy. At all. This Coschedule blog post mentions some tools to explore:
Always a good resource, Hubspot lists video ideas to try out for your business.
What tools or apps can you recommend? I’m on Android.
By chance, I learnt that there is an edit function in Vine.