My early learnings as an online media consultant still seem valid. As the current market is changing at a maddening pace I thought it relevant to write a retrospect.
In 2007 I had my first job at a publisher, Techmedia. It was a small company (±6 people) and we worked with a network of freelancers to publish a young brand called Bright. We worked on a magazine, weblog, video podcast and even a TV show. I was really excited about the market we were in, traditional publishers were just starting to understand what was coming and we had the opportunity to alternate between these two worlds: online and traditional media. We were creating branded entertainment, sponsored stories and set up barters with similar outlets in the market.
Continue reading “The Media Manifesto (2007)”
I’ve always been fascinated by stories and what they do with us. Our thoughts, our characters, our experiences. Stories shape who we are and who we’re becoming. I was really inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who opened my eyes with her talked on the danger of a single story.
A single story emphasises on how we are different, rather than how we are similar.
Continue reading “On diversity and the stories we’re being told”
Technology and music are two of the most important things that keep me inspired. The people behind Blogotheque have been my heroes for a long time, but no they made a leap into the future by filming the band ALB with a drone.
Continue reading “ALB + Blogotheque + a drone = a music video in 1 take”
I haven’t been able to post anything lately because of a new and interesting adventure. I’ve joined http://tape.tv, more about that later.
This post is about Run River North, who released an amazing music video with their new song called Excuses. Every once and a while you see and/or hear something what makes you think: “Yes. This is it”. Well, this is it.
Continue reading “Run River North – Excuses”
After a splendid Music Hack Day London in 2011 we were lucky to be invited to a small tour in the National Physical Laboratory of London. Ian Butterworth was so kind to show us around and illustrate the impressive effects of the acoustic chambers they use for testing.
Continue reading “NPL Acoustics”
Yesterday Atoms for Peace released the music video for their track “Before your very Eyes”. Mister Thom Yorke can be a music industry defeatist all he wants, but I’ll be inspired by his works forever.
Continue reading “Atoms for Peace – Before your very Eyes”
A while ago I selected a bunch of articles that have impressed or inspired me and I thought would be useful sharing. At that time I figured I could regularly post an article with resourceful or inspiring articles but I didn’t realise I needed the time to read them all myself and let them sink in so I could think about the actual value.
Starting with this post I want to theme this series with a certain topic, which helps me to maintain the quality of this series but also enables me to create a valuable resource of knowledge and learnings that will hopefully be useful for you as well.
This list resembles a collection of articles I’ve read the last 4 months, some of which turned my perspective on building (and iterating on) products completely upside down.
- Your app makes me fat – About giving users what they actually care about, in stead of demanding their attention to get a simple task done. The cost of attention is a great way to think about how useful your UX is.
- Getting the V right – Think about what makes your product actually viable. You can cut away only so many features but what do you really need to release a successful product?
- Why we need storytellers at the heart of product development – Quoting “A product is more than an idea, it’s more than a website, and it’s more than a transaction or list of functionalities.” What story are you telling as a team? What story do your users perceive from your brand?
- Blameless Post mortems and a just culture – Etsy is famous for their platform but likely to be more respected on how they approach and write about their company culture. Here’s how to learn from mistakes you make and build a strong team.
- Storytellers have more fun –
We forget how important stories are to people. This made me think about what story are we trying to tell with this product we’re building.
- The Dribbblisation of design – On how design is not a beauty contest, but an important toolkit to enable people to use your product without frustration.
- Understanding the job – (video) This is linked in the previous article but deserved a spot here as well: for what job does a user wants to hire your product?
- How to work with designers – Julie Zhuo, Product design director at Facebook shares here insights about how to think and communicate when working with designers. (Tip: read also her other article on How to work with PMs to get the full picture and understand how you can be perceived as a PM)
A couple of weeks ago my co-worker Matas shared a readlist which should definitely be part of this article. It was derived from this post by Robert Lenne, who is head of design at Artsy.
If you are interested in more things to read around product management; my friend Niko Felger is running a newsletter called Product Weekly, which selects a few of the most interesting articles related to product management and development every week. Sign up here.
But wait! If you know of some links that are worth sharing you can submit them to Niko as well using this form.
I hope you enjoy this article, if you have any recommendations please send them over on Twitter.