Monday, March 22, 2010

From the Intrawebs - March 22

Happy spring! March 21st is one of my favorite days of the year. It was a beautfiul day here in northern Utah yesterday as well.

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What's New

  • Crowdspring: This is the first of two options I recently found for getting design work done. You post your project description, receive designs from multiple sources, and buy one or more of them.
  • 99 Designs: And the second option for getting design work done is 99 Designs. It works pretty much the same way: define a project (including the budget), get submissions, choose and buy. These services are great when you need some design work done quickly.

Worth Reading

  • User-Centered Innovation Is Not Sustainable: Many of the biggest product hits have eschewed User-centric design. The model is not "build it and they will come", rather, it is to understand your users well enough that you can predict their future wants and needs. A not-trivial task, to be sure, but critical if you want to move beyond incremental improvement.
  • BoomStartup Gives Utah Its Own Startup Incubator: This is exciting news for the Utah start up community. Utah has long had a strong start-up ecosystem, but it is nice to see it growing up.
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