Tag: Technology

  • Figma Interactive Tree v3b

    Figma Community File Rule of product design #7: Always show your work in prototype. Never make people look at your canvas. There reason to use a prototype is to curate the experience for your consumer which may include engineers, product managers, and even users/prospects. Having your designs be nearly high fidelity and realistic will get […]

  • Figma Updates 2022

    Figma just dropped a ton of new features. I have been trying them out (building a new design system) and I am mostly impressed. However, they are very different, so every designer out there should set aside a few hours to become familiar with them. Here is a quick review, but I suggest finding videos…

  • Table/Grid UI Pattern for Applications

    I would venture to say the Table/Grid is the most misunderstood and underdeveloped single UI control used today, especially in B2B applications. I thought it would be a good idea to detail it out. Warning: It’s thorough! Note: AG-Grid is an excellent React/Vue-friendly table system with all of these features. I would suggest using it…

  • Logitech Devices Review 2022

    Logitech (although their device names are Logi for some reason) has been delivering quality parts for many years. I just replaced my keyboard and decided to review all my Logi devices and software all at once. I use them for my mouse, keyboard, and webcam. All of these Logitech devices are admittedly expensive, but when…

  • WordPress Twenty Twenty Two theme review

    I switched to the WordPress Twenty Twenty Two theme this week and have been working hard to get it functional. I waited until Twentig was compatible with it. To be honest, I could not have made it work without Twentig. This is by far, the most ambitious upgrade of WordPress that I have ever seen…

  • Figma variants 2022

    Follow-up to Rules for a Good Figma Design System Design system principle Make every component so the designer does not need to do anything “custom”. They just add and configure components off the shelf and change text. Make it impossible to mess up. Variants The key to a good system is to use variants liberally.…

  • Hotjar for design portfolios

    What is HotJar? Hotjar is a service that records all of your website visitors and let’s you see exactly what they are doing. They produce videos per person like this: It’s a “freemium” service similar to Figma. You can have it for limited purposes for free, and they hope you buy it for work. They…

  • WordPress 5.9 (Day 1)

    I’ve been using WordPress since 2005. I used Blogger in 2004 and hand crafted before that. That’s 17 years on the same product for this blog. It’s an absolute miracle that a single product could sustain itself, modernize, and innovate for that long. And frankly, they have dominated website hosting for small businesses. WordPress powers 455…

  • How to: Inbox Zero

    Inbox Zero is a technique (coined by Merlin Mann) for managing your email account with ruthless efficiency. I have been maintaining this technique for about 5 years and can show you how to achieve it. Note: The technique is possible in other mail tools, but for the purposes of this post, we will only be…

  • Digital Dadaism

    Dada: a movement in art and literature based on deliberate irrationality and negation of traditional artistic values Merriam Webster Key dates: 1916-1924 Key regions: Switzerland, Paris, New York Keywords: Chance, luck, nonsense, anti-art, readymade Key artists: Hugo Ball, Marcel Duchamp, Hans (Jean) Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Hannah Höch, Man Ray, Francois Picabia Key characteristics: Humoristic, tending towards the absurd, satirical attitude towards authority…

  • Adoption Marketing

    Adoption Marketing is a concept I have been working on for over 10 years, but for some reason never blogged about it. Warning: This is a long post because it’s a big topic. Sorry. Adoption Marketing is the effort to influence existing users to adopt the new features you design and develop. Glen Background At…

  • #BoycottSamsung

    I just had the worst experience with Samsung and vow never to buy anything from them ever again. #BoycottSamung SamsungSucks I had purchased a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 for my wife. Their website shows people swimming with it. On their website it talks about the water resistance. And I quote… The … Galaxy Watch4 ……

  • Applicant Tracking Systems

    I’ve used three systems (that I can remember) for applicant tracking. This is a brief summary of each. Lever.co I used Lever at two different companies. It was not a perfect system, but after using others, I think it’s the best I have experienced. My summary: The chrome extension for LinkedIn is actually very useful.…

  • New Laptop: Lenovo T15g

    Laptops come in many shapes and sizes (just like people). Type ~Weight Pros Cons Desktop 20+ Best performance Stationary Luggable 6lbs Good performance, portable Heavy Portable 4lbs Less expensive Ugly Ultraportable 2lbs Sexy, light Expensive Computer Size Pros and Cons For years, I skewed towards portables and ultraportables. They were cool looking. Examples are MacBook…

  • Microsoft Edge vs Google Chrome

    I am still enjoying Windows 11. The styling is super nice. For better or worse, they have been pushing Microsoft Edge as the default browser. Microsoft has had a checkered history with browsers. Internet Explorer had moments where it completely dominated all of the competition and worked well. This was actually a relief as a…

  • Windows 11 (Day 1)

    I am have been a beta tester of Windows since DOS. I love it. I love the feeling that this code is fresh, right out of the oven. These days, I am on the Insider Program – Slow Ring. Today, it asked me to install Windows 11. First, my bottom line reaction. Graphic Design To…

  • Keeping in Touch

    I’ve been talking with a few people about the concept of keeping in touch. Like most things, it gets more interesting the more you look at it. Keeping in Touch means meeting over video, phone, or in person at least once per year. Glen’s arbitrary definition There are multiple categories, I think. Personal, Professional, and…

  • Windows and MacOS

    After three years of using MacOS, I have finally switched back to Windows. There are things I remember fondly and there are other things I feel Windows has not kept up. My laptop is a brand new Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. It’s very lightweight and powerful with a beautiful screen. It supports tablet mode,…

  • New Adventure 2021

    Apologies: This is a super long post, but because of the details, I had to hold back for a few weeks. I have decided to move on from Treasure Data and join a small startup named Warmly. It’s an exciting change but I certainly have feelings of sadness for leaving people I have grown to…

  • Taxes and Advertising

    I believe that taxes are the price to pay for civilization. If you asked any individual “Would you like to NOT pay taxes?” Nearly everyone would say yes. However, if I asked, “Would you like everyone else to not pay taxes, and also we would have no government, no roads, no bridges, no police, no…