May  5,  2023

via Variety:

As of Sunday, after 26 days of release, the animated video game adaptation, from Universal, Illumination and Nintendo, has grossed $490 million in North America and $532 million internationallly. It’s only the fifth movie of pandemic times to join the $1 billion club, following “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Jurassic World Dominion” and “Avatar: The Way of Water.”

It is always remarkable reading through the reviews of films like this: super mid reviews, talk of plot holes, etc., yet they still manage to draw crowds in.

This disconnect between online noise and reality has really stopped being surprising at this point. You can see the same thing happen with major yearly releases of video games (Madden, FIFA, Call of Duty), where the reviewers will point out how the game is more of the same, does nothing special, isn’t worth the money, and yet those are always the top grossing games every year.

May  3,  2023

Just a small shout-out to News Minimalist, for giving me what I actually want out of a news aggregator: simple summaries of what happened today with the ability to see more.

April  29,  2023

Apple products have a remarkable tendency to survive the drops that seem like they would break them, only to completely shatter on a very minor looking fall. ⌚️

April  28,  2023

Verified is to Twitter as are to

How long until there is a Twitter cosmetic store?

April  27,  2023

User story as haiku

Persona with needs,
Desires met by product’s deeds,
Joyful outcome, seeds.

April  27,  2023

Who is out there subscribing to individual news outlets? I struggle to think of a single publication that can justify the high cost when there are so many alternatives to read. Apple News+ offers access to multiple sources with just one subscription, but it begs the question: why aren’t there more options like this available?

April  25,  2023

via Tobias van Schneider:

Not all designers are artists. In fact, most designers aren’t artists and that’s perfectly fine. But the best designers are indeed artists. And that’s the difference. For the most talented, successful designers in the industry, art is the secret ingredient that takes their work to the next level.

This echoes my own feelings about recognizing the best designers.

Their approach to problem-solving is often rooted in their personal expression and creativity, and this humanity is apparent in their work. Artistry requires comfort in ambiguity, and those who are not confident in that space tend to rely solely on data to guide their decisions. This approach can result in underwhelming final products that lack the spark and personality of designs created by more intuitive and imaginative designers.

April  25,  2023

Finally updated my portfolio’s blog.

Hopefully that means fewer excuses for not writing.

November  10,  2022

via Jorge Arango:

Skillful action demands that you master the particulars. You can only do that if you pay attention to feedback.[…]

So you design with feedback. But you also design for feedback.

Shed the negative associations. Embrace feedback for what it is: core to skillful action and good design.

A nice reminder on a rainy morning.