I hate it when people call themselves ‘entrepreneurs’

I hate it when people call themselves ‘entrepreneurs’ when what they are really trying to do is launch a startup and then sell or go public, so they can cash in and move on. They are unwilling to do the work it takes to build a real company, which is the hardest work in business. That’s how you really make a contribution and add the legacy of those who went before. You build a company that will still stand for something a generation of two from now. That’s what Walt Disney did, and Hewlett and Packard, and the people who built Intel. That’s what I want Apple to be.

Steve Jobs

Usability questions seldom have a single answer

People want me to give hard and fast rules: don’t show more than X menu items; don’t write more than Y words per page; nothing should be more than Z clicks from the homepage. Sadly, UI design doesn’t work that way. Usability questions seldom have a single answer. Rather, they are qualitative issues that specify the direction and nature of inevitable design tradeoffs.

Jakob Nielsen

iOS-ification of OS X is inevitable

The iOS-ification of OS X is, at this point, inevitable, and anyone who doesn’t see it, or tries to neglect, is either software-blind or has some kind of interest in that way of thinking.

Federico Viticci

I agree with this quote. Shawn Blanc also added two relevant facts that supported this quote.

  • Apps that started as iPhone apps which then became iPad apps which then also became Mac apps (Reeder being the paramount example);
  • Apple itself making more and more of the features and designs in OS X feel and look like those in iOS.

I will add another one.

  • People want the most similar user experience on apps independently of the device that is running the app. They don’t want learn a new way of interaction if they want to use the same tool.

I think the concept of iPhone being a phone, iPad being a tablet and Mac being a computer will, sooner or later, converge to something unique.

The Comparison Trap

If you look to the lives of others,
you’ll always find yourself lacking.

Look instead at what you have,
and be grateful.

Reduce your needs,
and be content.

And your life of striving
for perfection, for the future,
will become a life of balance,
of the moment, of inner peace.

Leo Babatua

Read the full post at: http://zenhabits.net/trap

Owning beautiful things makes you happier

I always liked to be minimal. The less stuff I have the better, but I like the stuff I own to be beautiful. That’s why I always preferred to receive a small number of gifts in christmas and in my birthday. But I always liked the stuff given to me to be what I really needed and I always wanted them to be beautiful.

A research from UCLA and the University of Miami may explain why I am this way and why we’re all, for example, so Apple-obsessed. The study reach the conclusion that owning something with high aesthetic appeal actually strengthens your sense of self.

“We see products as extensions of ourselves, and we also see other people’s products as extensions of themselves. As a result, when you own a good-looking phone people will think more highly of you, and you’ll think more highly of yourself. The same goes for cars, houses, TVs, and anything else you own. And not only does owning beautiful things make you feel good about yourself; the study found that the ego boost bestowed by your sexy stuff would make you more open-minded. Because you feel more secure with yourself, you’re also more willing to explore new ideas and attitudes.”

Claudia Townsend, Ph. D

How to Have the Best Year of Your Life

Most good things happen without a plan: friendships, falling in love, finding a job, and so on. If you want to make your new year count, you’ll need to be intentional — not by setting goals, but by making space in your life for what really matters.

Jeff Goins

Read the rest of this great post at: http://zenhabits.net/best-year

Read more from Jeff at his blog, Goins, Writer, or get his free eBook The Writer’s Manifesto.

Why do we assume that simple is good

“Why do we assume that simple is good? Because with physical products, we have to feel we can dominate them. As you bring order to complexity, you find a way to make the product defer to you. Simplicity isn’t just a visual style. It’s not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of the complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep. For example, to have no screws on something, you can end up having a product that is so convoluted and so complex. The better way is to go deeper with the simplicity, to understand everything about it and how it’s manufactured. You have to deeply understand the essence of a product in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential.”

Jonathan Ive

Happiness is the key to life

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

John Lennon