It has been an invaluable experience to develop a product from just two users to one of the top 50 sites in the U.S., and I’m looking forward to staying close to this incredible team.
— Woah, Tumblr’s lead developer Marco Arment is leaving a full-time role at the company to pursue his independent career (he’s also the creator of the Instapaper empire). He’ll continue to fulfill an “active consulting” role as the engineering team grows. I’m more than excited for what he’ll create next, but can’t help feeling a bit fearful for this platform given what he’s been instrumental in building at Tumblr. Best wishes!
I had a recent debate over whether a border should be 3, 4 or 5 pixels wide, and was asked to prove my case. I can’t operate in an environment like that.
— Google’s visual design lead, Doug Bowman, is leaving the company after three years in the role. It’s difficult to comprehend that Google existed for its first seven years without a classically-trained designer on its payroll. I like Buzz Andersen’s take, that without a design-led focus, Google products will generally “fall short of achieving the emotional connection that people feel to an iPhone”. I use and enjoy many Google products, but I’ve never loved their aesthetic, no matter what the numbers say.
Job Interview, directed by and starring Ben Schwartz. I’m a sucker for Robocop and The Terminator references. A couple of his other shorts feature the acting talents of Sarah Burns, of Flight of the Conchords fame. (via Blake Whitman)
I think the ultimate test for your current job is: would you do it for free?
— Fake Empire: If your answer is no, you should consider what you are doing.
If monospaced type is absolutely required — itself in dispute — you can do way better than Courier. May I suggest Fedra Sans or Thesis Mono?
— Joe Clark in discussion on the WGA strike.