Been thinking about this for a couple of weeks now. Some advice from a mentor and Mandy Brown’s article convinced me to pull the trigger.
This industry is built on people helping people.
When I started out designing websites, I’d email those who pioneered the craft. The questions I asked them feel trivial today, but the fact that 90% of the emails I sent out got a helpful reply helped me turn this passion I had into a real job. Through a lot of hard work and some luck, I’m now living a life I couldn’t even dream of a decade ago.
This experience of people helping out others has inspired me to give back to the community as much as possible. Responding to emails, grabbing coffee or lunch with whoever asks, reaching out to students proactively… It never feels like work.
Mandi Brown is better with words than I am:
I think mentoring is something we can do for each other regardless of our respective levels of experience.
But it’s hard to scale, which is why I’m doing this: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with whatever questions you have. I’ll keep an eye on incoming questions and will try to group them around certain topics. Once an interesting topic emerges, I’ll write about it on this blog. That way I hope to build up some sort of resource for those who are starting and/or struggling in this industry.
This isn’t an ego thing; I know far from everything, but I have been doing this for over 10 years, and have made lots and lots of mistakes others shouldn’t need to repeat.
I’ve chosen this structure of you asking me questions (instead of me just blogging away) because I have no idea what you want to learn.
In the span of one life it’s impossible to learn everything, but we can cheat by sharing what we’ve learned so far.
Always bring a camera when you go camping.
Beautiful short filmed by Philip Bloom with his drone.
Brilliant mockup of a visual IVR system. Combining old technology (Interactive Voice response) with new technology (smartphones). I want this so bad.
Probably my favorite talk from what was an incredible line-up.
You won’t know the end until it ends, so let’s fill the middle with as many weird plot-twists as we can.
As seen from Bernal Hill.
During today’s keynote, Apple showed off a video of how the Mac Pro is built. This article explains more about every step of the production process, really interesting stuff.
Matt Zoller Seitz is doing a series of mini-documentaries on Wes Anderson movies. They’re short and sweet, loaded with hidden references. Perfect warmup for the upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Not sure how much of this Twitter origin story is true, but even if it were pure fiction it makes for a great read.
In a rush to build the next amazing product, a lot of startups develop right past the features they have to be great at.
Friday will be my last day at Instagram.
The past 18 months were some of the best of my life, both personally and professionally. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in this business, on an app that transformed the way people interact with each other every single day, and also made a lot of new friends.
But it’s time to move on, time to solve a different set of problems.
I’ll be taking some time off with my family, and join the amazing Dropbox team early August.
Dropbox is a fascinating company. It provides value to a wide range of people, not just those who build things.
I can’t wait to learn from all the talented people I will soon call colleagues.
As we were driving home from a photo walk, we saw the sun setting. Took us 2 minutes to find a place where we could take a decent photo. 15 seconds after this photo was taken the sun was completely gone.
Karl the Fog is the best fictive character ever.
This right here, this is the job. What kind of work were you expecting?
What if we changed [the focus from the manned space program] from picking a destination to building multi-purpose spacecraft that, like maritime research and exploratory vessels, can travel anywhere.
Apple just launched their updated design resources. A lot has changed in iOS 7, and it might be a good idea to read up on the details.
Update: 9to5Mac just posted a whole gallery filled with iOS 7 screenshots for those who want to take a closer look at the actual pixels.
The talented people from Visual Supply Co launched a completely rebuild version of my favorite mobile photo editing tool. It’s really good.
This is the future of wearables. Meanwhile, Google Glass is trying to figure out how to make the life of rich people easier.