Last minute motor city fun.
2018 was a fun year for me both personally and professional. I switched industries from international freight logistics to global cellular networks. I moved across the country. I now own like 8 different heavy coats.
Over the course of the past 12 months, I have had the opportunity to ship everything from new marketing sites to illustrations to physical products to my bread-and-butter of enterprise product design. Pushing the bounds of what I’ve owned as a designer in the past.
It’s been super scary and super exciting.
At work, we launched the new Hologram.io and Magic.co websites. Hologram Professional Edition debuted with a new self-serve onboarding and activation flow.
2019 looks like it’s going to be even more intense. We’ve got so much planned at Hologram and Magic — I can’t wait to share it with you all.
If you’re interested in joining me, I’m hiring.
I’m so excited to announce my new high-fashion lifestyle brand, called DSGN. (Pronounced ‘deh-sig-née’ obviously.)
My co-Chief Brand Officers and I are announcing our Winter 2019 cycle of products. Each one is crafted to enrich every part of your life.
Lastly — our highest concept product yet:
Professional photoshoot is professional
“Just like malware is short for ‘malicious software’, Delaware is short for ‘delicious software.’” — swarpert
If you spent the weekend watching NFL you were no doubt inundated with Verizon Wireless’s 5G network launch ads. But what’s new for customers today is not a faster network, but a slower login process… Now featuring username/password, security questions, and multi-factor codes.
The extra steps carriers are introducing to your regular log in experience feels incredibly fragmented. Let’s take a look at getting access to a Verizon Wireless account.
1. Log In
The basics of one’s Verizon Wireless account.
2. Security Question
Despite loading multiple security questions when registering Verizon will only present a single security question to you when logging in online.
3. Two Step Prompt
Now pull out your mobile phone and wait about 20 seconds for the push notification from the Verizon Wireless app.
4. Grant from Mobile App
This entire process is slow. Every step takes forever to load. The new “prompt from phone app” flow should feel secure but it is divorced from the Verizon branding and inherently feels terribly sketchy.
“Are you attempting to sign into My Verizon on the internet?” — Cannot beat that dialog.
Google has a similar multi-factor prompt system in their Google search app for iOS. However their system feels incredibly fast. Use of delightful loading indicators and consistent branding in the user interface imbues trust.
The four major US carriers have also recently announced Project Verify to use your SIM card as a multi-factor authentication / single-sign on of sorts. I’m not holding my breath.
And to be completely clear, I’m thrilled for carriers to take security seriously. I hope that this extends to how they prevent and manage social engineering via their customer service channels. Beyond taking security seriously, it also matters how you make security usable.
This song has been on repeat for me all week. Panetoz is an all around fun, catchy band.
I have a poem in the latest issue of Gulf Coast! pic.twitter.com/eyp1tpcAHt— Paige Lewis (@Paige_M_Lewis) September 5, 2018
My latest musical obsession is Late June — an Aukland based musician who perfectly bridges etherial beats with your favorite moments of pop culture.
It’s calming, and emotional. A dreamy, melancholy version of nostalgia. His music brings you back to that rainy, misty, cold day you spent wrapped in a blanket on your couch. Sitting alone, tearfully watching the season finale of your favorite TV shows.
It’s unbelievably beautiful. I’m not crying. You’re crying.
It’s fall motherfuckers and I’m so ready for #PumpkinEverything.
Go watch Iliza’s Freezing Hot (starting at 8mins in — why can’t you share a specific Netflix time, who doesn’t have a Netflix account) for the best two mins of dead leaf related comedy there is.
#Put This In MOMA
You’ve got one week left to see this breathtaking piece of modern art. “Lightly Salted”, our homage to @SouthwestAir peanuts, goes away on August 15. After that, the display will be a shell of what it is now. 🥜 pic.twitter.com/1KFXEraWxF— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) August 8, 2018
#Setting Fires — Signma Remix by The Chainsmokers, ft. XYLØ, Sigma
“Ridiculously easy buttermilk biscuits!” You click the link. It’s a novella about finding inner peace in suburbia. You never knew you were disturbed till now.
“Ridiculously easy green beans!” You click the link, there are twelve ingredients. None of them are green beans.
“Ridiculously easy salted pistachio caramel latte coffee cake in three easy steps!” You click the link. There are twelve steps.
“Ridiculously easy marshmallow fondant!“ You click the link. It’s another novella about suburbia, this time about the dangers of feeding chemicals to your children. You wonder when you acquired these children and worry about their eyes. They are too bright, too happy, too shining…
“Ridiculously easy evaporated milk custard!” Must own own cow.
“Ridiculously easy shortcake in 12 steps!” You click the link. There are no steps.
“Ridiculously easy, easy to make, easy in three minutes, easy!” It doesn’t tell you what you’re making but you’re pretty certain it shouldn’t be hissing.
“Ridiculously easy,” the article reads, “easy, it’s so easy, easy” you hear laughing. Your face hurts why does your face hurt?
“It’s so easy,” you tell you friends, your smile is not your own. You can feel your teeth growing, “so easy, you’ll hardly feel a thing!”
One of my favorite pastimes is learning what dummy or demo data is used at different companies - particularly for B2B products. At Flexport our dummy data was from Wayne Enterprises and Vandelay Industries.
I'm writing documentation and having too much fun making the examples 😂 pic.twitter.com/iJg8Tl1UdR— Mina @ Pixel Up! 🇿🇦 (@MinaMarkham) June 21, 2018
Send along your faves to email@example.com.
A billboard in Ukraine has stopped responding… and simultaneously proved simulation theory…