Hiten makes it clear: keep them in love with your product if you want to win. We spend a lot of time thinking about what happens after launch. What about day two? How will you keep delivering those atomic units of delight? What's next? How are you building a continuous loop of user insight into the next round of work?
Sometimes apps do something so well that it changes your expectations for how everything should work. Google for the speed & accuracy of search. AMZN for recs and simple shipping. TiVo for on-demand viewing and friendly UI. These are like super design patterns that don't just establish a precendent, but drive a new level of user expectations.
"For me, obsessing about specific devices was a bad path (they change too frequently), obsessing about iOS versus Android OS was a bad path (they are both important) and obsessing about phone versus tablet was a bad path (they have merged into one larger category of portable screen and continue to evolve all the time). Information via screens not devices — this is the key idea."
CSS can be tricky, take this guide with you! A visual and very adorable guide to selector syntax. Get the specifics on targeting children, descendants, and adjacent siblings in the cutest way possible.
Friend of Revelry and unabashed Slack-hater Ben Lavender's latest hobby project is a replacement client for Slack that lets you add custom styles and scripts in places Slack didn't intend. The results are pretty awesome. Highlight your own messages. Make bots look like bots. Almost anything you can come up with. Distribute the mods to your entire team via clever abuse of the #slack-hacks channel topic field.
If you're on a Mac and you routinely use virtual machines in your development workflow, there's really good information here about your options' strengths and weaknesses. As a software engineer you may soon find yourself running into one edge case or another where VirtualBox performance becomes unbearable. This data can help you start to answer the question, "Would dropping $100 solve my problems or would I just be out $100 and have different problems?"
You know that one friend who wont stop talking about how they cultivate their own bespoke free-range sauerkraut in their basement using hand-blown mason jars? That's how much we nerd out with curating our favorite stories shared in our team slack during the week.
Those titles up there come from the original link, but the summaries are our own. Hit reply – we'd love to hear what you think.
p.s. we've got a fun update to share with you next week. Can you guess what it is?