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Field Study

An Unedited view of design and thought process:

work, experimental and otherwise by Keenan Cummings

To extrapolate from today’s rudimentary fragments resembles an attempt to predict the publication of [Joyce’s Ulysses] after just having invented writing on clay tablets. Nevertheless the effort is probably worthwhile.

The Computer for the 21st Century (Mark Weiser, 1991)

I’ll identify something I want to change about myself, and then I’ll design a project to help me do it… For each of my deficiencies, I designed a project to help me confront it, which I hoped would help me transcend it. In a way, this worked. My life suddenly got interesting. People were curious. I always had outrageous stories to tell. I’d present these stories in intricate interactive frameworks of my own design, and I’d release them on the web.

—Jonathan Harris for Transom

We’ve spent the past few years figuring out how to make content creation as habitual as content consumption. That’s the idea behind Days, the daily visual diary we launched in May 2013. Nine months later, we’re excited to announce that we’ve accepted an offer to bring our work on daily habits to Yahoo. We started our company with the vision of transforming daily habits, and we’re proud to be joining a new one that shares that mission.
Our entire team will be joining Yahoo’s NYC-based Mobile and Emerging Products group, where we’ll continue on as a startup team within a larger organization. The Days app will live on as a standalone entity, and we’ll also be working on some exciting new projects that we can’t talk about just yet.
Sincerest appreciation to our investors, our advisors, our friends and families, the good folks at Apple, and, most importantly, our users! Your days have inspired us and it’s been beyond rewarding watching the product and community we’ve built together evolve and grow. We are so grateful, thank you!
If you have any questions, please tweet @wander or email us via founders@onwander.com.
Happy Days,
-Jeremy, Keenan, Lara, Sean, and Whitney

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PS - I’ll be writing more soon about my personal experience with this process but just wanted to share the news from the team. Thanks for the support.

We’ve spent the past few years figuring out how to make content creation as habitual as content consumption. That’s the idea behind Days, the daily visual diary we launched in May 2013. Nine months later, we’re excited to announce that we’ve accepted an offer to bring our work on daily habits to Yahoo. We started our company with the vision of transforming daily habits, and we’re proud to be joining a new one that shares that mission.

Our entire team will be joining Yahoo’s NYC-based Mobile and Emerging Products group, where we’ll continue on as a startup team within a larger organization. The Days app will live on as a standalone entity, and we’ll also be working on some exciting new projects that we can’t talk about just yet.

Sincerest appreciation to our investors, our advisors, our friends and families, the good folks at Apple, and, most importantly, our users! Your days have inspired us and it’s been beyond rewarding watching the product and community we’ve built together evolve and grow. We are so grateful, thank you!

If you have any questions, please tweet @wander or email us via founders@onwander.com.

Happy Days,

-JeremyKeenanLaraSean, and Whitney

PS - I’ll be writing more soon about my personal experience with this process but just wanted to share the news from the team. Thanks for the support.

Looking for Home - A request to my NYC friends
We are officially on the search for a new home. We’ve been scouring the listings of New York City apartments and have some capable folks in our corner helping us navigate the process.
This process — it is daunting. The renters market is brutally competitive. The apartments are mostly overpriced and often in bad shape. The trick seems to be: keep at it until you find that one perfect place, that rare jewel, and when you spot it, go for it with everything you have. 
The application process is an intimidating leap through a series of hoops, flaming hoops, hoops that want to pry deep into your financial history and personal life. If the stars have aligned in your favor, you come out the other end with a place to live, and somehow, you feel grateful. “Thank you New York City for crushing my soul and then offering me a grossly expensive space to rest said crushed soul. I owe you one.” (I think this is an unhealthy relationship.)
Something always works out. We are confident of that. My faith is in the people that help along the way. If you have any tips, tricks, or leads on a good place do let me know. We’re looking for a 2 bedroom (a family of four all sleeping in one room has worn out its charm), mostly looking at Fort Greene or Clinton Hill. Tweet at me or comment if you got anything. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
Cheers to NYC!

Looking for Home - A request to my NYC friends

We are officially on the search for a new home. We’ve been scouring the listings of New York City apartments and have some capable folks in our corner helping us navigate the process.

This process — it is daunting. The renters market is brutally competitive. The apartments are mostly overpriced and often in bad shape. The trick seems to be: keep at it until you find that one perfect place, that rare jewel, and when you spot it, go for it with everything you have. 

The application process is an intimidating leap through a series of hoops, flaming hoops, hoops that want to pry deep into your financial history and personal life. If the stars have aligned in your favor, you come out the other end with a place to live, and somehow, you feel grateful. “Thank you New York City for crushing my soul and then offering me a grossly expensive space to rest said crushed soul. I owe you one.” (I think this is an unhealthy relationship.)

Something always works out. We are confident of that. My faith is in the people that help along the way. If you have any tips, tricks, or leads on a good place do let me know. We’re looking for a 2 bedroom (a family of four all sleeping in one room has worn out its charm), mostly looking at Fort Greene or Clinton Hill. Tweet at me or comment if you got anything. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Cheers to NYC!

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

—a quote without a source from a comment on A VC: The Limits of Capitalism (via fred-wilson)

(via bijan)

짱!!! Been playing with some Korean typography

짱!!! Been playing with some Korean typography

Kanye or Nietzsche?

Last week there was a Twitter conversation about Kanye, greatness, authenticity, genius, talent, gimmicks, hubris and excellence. Nietzsche came up (re: the Übermensch) and today I stumbled on this quote where Friedrich himself is describing his own work:

With [this book] I have given mankind the greatest present that has ever been made to it so far. This book, with a voice bridging centuries, is not only the highest book there is, the book that is truly characterized by the air of the heights—the whole fact of man lies beneath it at a tremendous distance—it is also the deepest, born out of the innermost wealth of truth, an inexhaustible well to which no pail descends without coming up again filled with gold and goodness.

Replace “book” with “album” and the resemblance uncanny. Kanye is not the first of his kind but they are rare. I’m sure, like Kanye, Nietzsche had his fair share of critics and detractors. Those people have faded with time; the work remains.

New way to share Days!

It’s getting better all the time! We just launched an entirely new version of our Days permalink pages. Each day now plays as a beautiful slideshow. It’s the best way to share the story of your day.

It gets even better. You can now embed you day on your blog. We had a significant day for our family two weeks ago — our second son was born on Sunday, October 27th. I was able to use Days to document the entire experience and then share that with our friends and family. Check out the embedded version of that day below:

An idea is not a design
A design is not a prototype
A prototype is not a program
A program is not a product
A product is not a business
A business is not profits

What are first time entrepreneurs often completely blind too? (via cdixon)

he goes on: “There are new skills and new lessons at each of those turns. Each of those needs to be done well. The real wisdom of entrepreneurship is to know what you do well and to value—rather than disdain—what others do that you don’t.”

++ emotional energy
- - physical energy

—For me, this sums up my experience with Brooklyn Beta, but I think this is true of the best experiences in life. Work, play, live, and love until you are exhausted and fulfilled.

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

—Arthur Schopenhauer (via Swissmiss)

Develop for Tumblr Locally!

I really love Tumblr. I reeeeaaaaaallllly, really love Tumblr! For me it is a weekend craft box, a simple kit of magazine scraps and pipe cleaners and markers and white paste. It is a place where I can experiment with ugly bits and bad code. I am free here to make weird, experimental, emotional, ridiculous, collaborative, anonymous, curatorial, and archival things.

Tumblr in many ways is a perfect pro-am tool (another current obsession of mine: pro-am tools that give anyone access to the resources and ability to create in unpolished, imperfect, low-budget, lo-fi ways. And many of them come with communities hungry for that creativity). But for anyone breaking through the wall of out-of-box tumblogging, you’re likely to run into the limitations of the tool. Developing and customizing themes can be a chore with Tumblr’s in-browser customization panel. Their code editor is a feat of engineering and design, but for any serious development, it can get pretty frustrating. You can write locally, but are stuck with a messy process of copy, paste, save, tab over, refresh, view, repeat. 

I have discovered — ready for this?!? — an easy way to do semi-local, semi-live development on your Tumblog! 



Simple (semi) Local Development for Tumblr

1. Upload your CSS/JS files to a folder in dropbox (make sure this location won’t change during development).

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1. Right click the file in dropbox and select “share dropbox link”. You’ll get a link that looks something like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/abcdef1234567/main.css

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2. Append that link with “?dl=1”. That changes the link from Dropbox’s default view document link to a download link. Since you are linking to this file as a page resource, you’ll want your site to be downloading just the CSS file on page load. If you link to Dropbox’s view link, the browser won’t know what to do with it. Now you just go use link tag in the <head> of your theme code to reference this file.

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3. Edit your CSS/JS file in your favorite code editor — no more janky in-browser code editor! Use LiveReload to dynamically process your changes live. Just set LiveReload to watch the project folder on dropbox. Then, in your browser, go to the live page you are working on and turn on LiveReload. Everytime you hit “⌘S”, it will force a refresh of the page resources — instead of getting an entire page refresh, only your CSS or JS will update — which is pretty great!

This is not true local development like you get in Wordpress. You still need an internet connection. You are still editing content and code that is on both Tumblr’s and Dropbox’s servers. But it FEELS like local development. It is fast and live and automatic.There is a short delay, but it is soooooooo much more tolerable than working in the Tumblr code editor, saving, tabbing over to the live page, and force refreshing (which sometimes doesn’t grab the new CSS since the existing CSS caches).

Good luck! Make great things! Leave more tips if you have them!

Big news! We&#8217;ve lined up our final two debaters for next week&#8217;s debate on whether Designers Make the Best CEOs! Charles Adler (Cofounder/Creative Director of Kickstarter) will be joining the team arguing for the motion, and Jay Parkinson (CEO of Sherpaa, futurist doctor) will be joining the team arguing against. It&#8217;s going to be wild!
get a ticket!

Big news! We’ve lined up our final two debaters for next week’s debate on whether Designers Make the Best CEOs! Charles Adler (Cofounder/Creative Director of Kickstarter) will be joining the team arguing for the motion, and Jay Parkinson (CEO of Sherpaa, futurist doctor) will be joining the team arguing against. It’s going to be wild!

get a ticket!

You learn to do things that matter by doing a lot of things that don’t matter, and so in the long run, they matter. Respect the experiments

Do Designer&#8217;s make the best CEOs? Next week (Tuesday, October 1st) come watch Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss), Rick Webb (Founder, Barbarian Group), Craig Shapiro (Good Magazine, Collaborative Fund), and Gadi Amit (President, New Deal Design) battle for honor and glory. Debbie Millman (Design Matters, Sterling Brands) will be keeping things civil and moderating the proceedings. And YOU, the audience will decide who takes home the title of Master Debater!
get a ticket!

Do Designer’s make the best CEOs? Next week (Tuesday, October 1st) come watch Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss), Rick Webb (Founder, Barbarian Group), Craig Shapiro (Good Magazine, Collaborative Fund), and Gadi Amit (President, New Deal Design) battle for honor and glory. Debbie Millman (Design Matters, Sterling Brands) will be keeping things civil and moderating the proceedings. And YOU, the audience will decide who takes home the title of Master Debater!

get a ticket!