Our team uses Slack for pretty much everything. Not the least of which is sharing blog posts, articles and videos with each other. The only down-side to sharing so much stuff is that nobody outside our team can see all the fun stuff we find. So, to help remedy that, I picked a selection of shared content from our Slack channels and you can find them below. Enjoy!

But first, if you don't know about Slack, check out the new video created by the team at Sandwich Video. Now, onward:

Ariel Alasko

Development

With Strange Loop 2014 approaching, I'm reminded of one of my favorite talks from the conference, Simple Made Easy by Rich Hickey. Watch it now, watch it again!


Chris recently shared a post that describes in detail the evolution of CSS at Medium (which, stylistically, is my favorite website to read).


Ready to dig in to the topic of responsive images? Look no further than this great post from the Opera dev team: Responsive Images: Use Cases and Documented Code Snippets to Get You Started.


I've been pretty impressed at the effort TopTal is putting behind creating valuable content over the last few months, a couple of examples are 10 Most Common Web Security Vulnerabilities and 5 Golden Rules for Designing a Great Web API. They're both great high level, but very practical, introductions.


Additionally, the Hanselminutes podcast has covered a couple of great topics. The first is Designing for Performance with Lara Swanson. Front-end performance is something I've spent a lot of time on, and I think Lara may have given me the encouragement I need to brush up and do a knowledge sharing for my team.


Another from Hanselminutes introduces BrightstarDB, a native RDF database for .NET which is also open-source. Listen to BrightstarDB with Kal Ahmed on Hanselminutes. This was particularly timely for me as I just competed in GlobalHack II recently where the topic of RDF was prominently featured. More on that later but definitely looking forward to continuing to learn in this space.

Teamwork

Context is huge. How about shifting the walls around our team for a whole week? All of us together, still working (perhaps on the same thing!), but not at the office. Sounds amazing! This Medium article by Justin Jackson walks through the very compelling concept: Why your team needs a week of hustle.


Victoria recently shared a great article from Smashing Magazine on how Working walls unlock creative insight.


I'm in love with the idea of single tasking (still working on being a disciplined practitioner). And I'm also in love with the team at Buffer. I probably need to start every week off by reading this post again.

Design/UX

Death to the Stock Photo is a great (new to us) place for fresh photography. And they also happen to have a fun name.


This list provides in-depth analysis of various application sign up processes. I've though a lot about sign up processes over the years so this one is particularly interesting to me.


A book! Change by Design. I'd like to read this book. I'm not tired of hearing people talk about "design-thinking" and being "design-led" yet.


Design Triggers - we love the folks at Zurb and they say this about design triggers: "Design Triggers comprise a collection of common psychological motivators, cognitive biases, and behavior patterns." And they go into some depth on 35 specific triggers at time of writing. Awesome.


Ultimate Guide to Effective Landing Pages - Want to create an effective landing page? I'd trust the folks at Buffer.

And, Some Random/Fun

I like the narrative of Seeing Like a Network:

"Practical privacy and security is just a part of digital literacy. Right now, for most people, learning how their computers work seems hard enough, learning how the network works seems impossible. But it’s not, it’s just learning a new perspective about the world we live in."


Also, this quote from Ira Glass is a good one to discover or re-visit:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”


In preparing for their trip to Vietnam where they're doing interviews, photography and video for a few projects, Chris and Dang were sharing some Vietnam related links, one of my favorites was this video:

Ho Chi Minh city / Saigon - DRONE VIDEO from GlobalVision on Vimeo.


Victoria and I were discussing creating things the other day and I mentioned someone I follow on Instagram that does some beautiful woodworking (see the header image for an example). She then rounded up this post from Design Sponge - a day in the life of Ariel Alasko. Not that the web is lacking any visual inspiration these days, I'm sure you're already inundated with beautiful, thoughtful and clever creations on Pinterest and Instagram, but what's one more?


Ian can’t help but look for the best–the best in people, the best methods, the best coffee, food, or beer. Throughout a successful career in software development, Ian has been sought out as a trainer and speaker for numerous engagements in the US and abroad, and has interacted with a broad spectrum of clients and projects–experiences that helped him to cultivate a vision for Enliven, which he founded with business partner Cuong Dang in 2012.   While Ian’s natural bent toward process improvement and the technological wizardry he has cultivated over the years make him an astute CTO, it is his genuine desire to delight the people he works with and for that sets him apart from a largely sterile sector. For Ian, a successful project is one that uses technology as a means of making people’s lives and jobs more enjoyable.   Through partnering with clients to understand the complexity and nuances of their businesses; a thorough but streamlined development process; and fantastic customer service, Ian is putting his stamp of care and conscientiousness on Enliven. Above all, Ian enjoys the challenge of leading his team to find innovative ways to make technology more accessible, personable, and useful.

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