Bill Murray on Being Relaxed

Bill Murray:

I think the only reason I’ve had the career life that I’ve had is that someone told me some secrets early on about living. You can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed, no matter what it is or what your job is, the more relaxed you are the better you are. That’s sort of why I got into acting. I realized the more fun I had, the better I did it. And I thought, that’s a job I could be proud of. It’s changed my life learning that, and it’s made me better at what I do.

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Simple In/Out Board for Dashing

Dashing In/Out Board ScreenshotI’ve created a Simple In/Out Board Widget for Dashing. It’s quite basic, but it gets the job done. It reads the status information from a text file, so there’s little overhead and no pretty interface, sorry. We keep our text file on Dropbox, so any of us can edit it easily.

Unlike most of the other widgets we’ve created for our Dashing dashboard at the office, this one might be useful for other people. So, I’m sharing it. If you’re interested, you can install from this gist.

Choosing User Research Methods Wisely

Nielsen User Research Methods Chart

There are a number of user research methods that can be employed–20, according to Nielsen Norman Group. Choosing the right one should be a function of the stage of the project and what one seeks to find out. When to Use Which User-Experience Research Methods gives a some guidance on choosing the right method or methods. They also include a brief description of the 20 user research methods at the end of the post.

Graphic by Nielsen Norman Group

A Tribute to the Boring Designer

Cap Watkins:

Whenever I’m looking at a product designer’s work, I find myself continuously asking the same question: which solution is the boring one? Maybe it’s born out of seeing apps choose flash over function, or trying to understand just one too many indecipherable icons-as-buttons. Whatever the case, here’s an ode to the boring designers among us. The designers who…

Read more about the 5 characteristics of the boring designer on Cap’s blog.

via Trent Walton