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January 31 2014


The Urbanist, episode 120, - Monocle 24 (Radio) / Shows

DIY: From the one big project that transforms your life to the 100 little things you should do in a day, how do you build your own city? We’ll meet the man who set up his own neighbourhood transit authority and the Berliners building their own perfect apartment block – and why is bike repair in London much more satisfying when you’ve done it yourself? http://monocle.com/radio/shows/the-urbanist/120/

January 30 2014


5by5 | The East Wing #82: Tim Murtaugh

Tim is joined by Tim Murtaugh this week. http://5by5.tv/eastwing/82

5by5 | The Prompt #33: A Formal Dinner For Business

This week, Federico, Myke and Stephen discuss “paymium” apps and what happens when tech products become fashion accessories. http://5by5.tv/prompt/33

January 23 2014


5by5 | The Prompt #32: +K in Positive Thinking

This week, 5by5’s most intrepid trio are back at it, discussing Beats Music, Myke’s iPad and the original Macintosh. http://5by5.tv/prompt/32

January 20 2014


Conversion Essentials — First Product Series #3 (FS037)

Online business culture seems to be in a bit of a conversion craze. Everyone wants to know how to convert casual web traffic into buyers and subscribers. And it makes tons of sense when you’re talking about loads of traffic and loads of money. But most of us aren’t. Many here at Fizzle are just trying to build and ship our first product. In this episode we cover the essentials of conversion so you can stop delaying the making of your thing, stop ingesting the stuff Amazon and Apple are thinking about (you’re not playing that game… yet, and it’s keeping you from important stuff) and start focusing on what matters about your website, your audience and your product. This is part 3 in our ongoing First Product Series (part 1, part 2) where we hear the first product stories of several successful business builders. (It’s still amazing to me to see how listening to these short interviews right next to each other puts ideas about making our own thing into perspective). Guests in this episode: Derek Halpern — Founder of SocialTriggers.com where he blogs about the intersection of psychology and marketing. Dan & Tom of Studio Neat — Founders of Studio Neat, purveyors of insanely successful Kickstarter campaigns, makers of delightful products like the Glif and the Cosmonaut. Danielle LaPorte — Hot n’ steamy writer at DanielleLaPorte.com and creator of the Desire Map, an holistic approach to life planning. Push Play: Conversion Essentials — First Product Series #3 (FS037) / Listen to Conversion Essentials — First Product Series #3 (FS037) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for “The Fizzle Show” in your podcast app, or click here:iTunes Stitcher Instacast Podcast Feed URL It’s not about the conversion craze — it’s about making something useful (and loving it)Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Want Conversions? Start with User-Friendly, Useful Landing Pages — “Everyone “knows” that if you want to convert visitors, you need short pages, split-tested button colors, and big, flashy graphics. Unfortunately, what everyone “knows” isn’t always correct.” The Mega-Details Behind the New Design of The Smart Passive Income Blog — Corbett and I helped Pat strategize and design his new site. In this post Pat tells the gritty details about how he had to change the design over time to improve conversion for his goals. What’s the BEST color for high conversions? — I include this because, ironically, Derek (a classic conversion guy and a good friend) through being super conversion oriented ends up saying the same thing as us. Essentials of Website Design for Business Builders — My essentials of design course in Fizzle is an excellent resource if you’re looking to design or redesign your site with these conversion essentials in mind. There’s workbooks and lessons and inside jokes and training and even a few live sessions with a big blogger as I redesign his site. Definitely worth a buck to check out. Visual Website Optimizer — A great A/B testing tool we’ve used ourselves. (This is what we used to nail down the current headline on the homepage). http://fizzle.co/sparkline/conversion-essentials-first-product-series-3-fs037

January 19 2014


5by5 | The East Wing #30: Aarron Walter

Tim talks with Aarron Walter about how he got started, the work he’s done with MailChimp and the research and work behind writing Designing for Emotion. http://5by5.tv/eastwing/30

January 18 2014


The Ethics of Inspiration - Let’s Make Mistakes - Mule Radio Syndicate

Let's Make Mistakes Episode 122 January 17, 2014 The Ethics of Inspiration with Brad Ellis. Now Mike is in the hot seat, with Brad Ellis interviewing him about using inspiration in artwork. Great artists steal, but do they sell? Disclaimer: None of us are lawyers! http://www.muleradio.net/mistakes/122/

Technical Difficulties - 063 - Intro to Responsive Web Design

This week's topic is responsive web design, both what it is, and how it's done. Erik steers clear of the controversies surrounding the issue and talks about what it actually takes to make your site work on a wide range of screen sizes. http://technicaldifficulties.us/episodes/063-intro-to-responsive-design

January 16 2014


5by5 | The Prompt #31: Viticci Seal Of Quality

This week Myke and Federico explore the possibility of an iPad pro and the different routes Apple could take to build this mythical product. There's also an 'after show' discussing Polygon's Game of the Year awards and what games they guys have been playi http://5by5.tv/prompt/31

January 14 2014


5by5 | The Prompt #30: The Internet in Your Pocket

On the seventh anniversary of the original iPhone announcement, the boys take a look back at Steve Jobs’ keynote. http://5by5.tv/prompt/30

5by5 | The Pipeline #49: Philip Elmer-DeWitt

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, 30-year magazine veteran, joins Dan Benjamin to discuss writing, technology, apple, and the changing world of online publishing. http://5by5.tv/pipeline/49

January 13 2014


Culture, episode 118, - Monocle 24 (Radio) / Shows

Robert Bound takes a walk in space with Nelly Ben Hayoun, meets Grammy-nominated singer Gregory Porter for this week’s Midori House session, and visits the team attempting to archive the entire internet. http://monocle.com/radio/shows/culture/118/

January 10 2014


2H2K Lawyer: Science Fiction Design, Artificial Labor, and Ubiquitous Interactive Machine Learning | Ideas For Dozens

January 08 2014


Structuring open hardware projects

Every successful open hardware project needs a solid organization structure at some point in time, especially when plan to produce and sell your project. In our “i3 Berlin” 3d printer project, we took some elements of the PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) concept and implemented it with open source tools like Github and Blender. Common project structure used in the product industry The concept of Product Lifecycle Management is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from its conception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal. PLM is about how to handle versions, communication with users, etc. Every PLM has to be tailor made to the project and the team working on it. PLM is vital to organize open hardware projects to be more focused and efficient, yet being open and adaptive at the same time. Building a PLM is time demanding but will make your projects more and more efficient. Our experiences so far Our project is the i3 Berlin 3D printer, a remix of the Prusa i3. - It is an electromechanical project that is mainly built from printed parts and standardized sourced parts. - We don´t develop electronics, but we do design mechanical parts and make adjustments to the firmware. - We also sell our design as a kit, which need a manual and a bill of materials that is always up to date. - Furthermore we have to track issues and we want to be open for cooperation by other people. We used Blender to design the entire machine. - Blender is a 3D mesh modeler, where the industry uses solely parametric CAD software when it comes to electromechanical engineering. - Parametric 3D models are smart, where mesh models are stupid models you modify with smart tools. - Mesh modeling is a very suitable method, when 3D printing is the main manufacturing method. Design files are much easier to share among people and programs. - Cables are an intricate part of a moving machine which can be modeled well within Blender. - We wrote a plug in to generate a bill of material and developed a method to make a step by step visual manual with animation frames. Both BOM and manual are a part of the design file and therefore these will always be up to date. The rendered pictures from Blenders For communication we use Github. - The core ideas and design requirements grow over time in the wiki. - The submit structure of Github automatically takes care for a version control. - Git issues work as a support ticket system to track and solve problems. - Design guidelines make sure that everyone cooperating organizes their work coherently with the project. Future plans - make Blender more accessible by making tutorials directly focused on mechanical design. - connect the BOM with a database for logistics and price calculations and demand estimation, supply chain - continue work on OHM (open hardware management) toolbox http://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/Fahrplan/events/5594.html Day: 2013-12-29 Start time: 13:00 Duration: 00:30 Room: Saal 6 Track: Hardware & Making Language: en

January 07 2014


5by5 | The East Wing #50: Myke Hurley

Tim talks with Myke Hurley about how he started podcasting, producing show, dealing with guests, and a lot more. http://5by5.tv/eastwing/50

5by5 | The East Wing #53: Dan Benjamin

Tim talks with Dan Benjamin about his freelance business, the future of internet broadcasting, and Dan’s thoughts on t-shirts and hats. http://5by5.tv/eastwing/53

5by5 | The East Wing #59: Marco Arment

Tim talks with Marco Arment about how he got started, getting the job at Tumblr, Instapaper, The Magazine, and the future. http://5by5.tv/eastwing/59

5by5 | The East Wing #71: Scott Johnson

Tim talks with Scott Johnson about how he got started, takings risks, and being kind to people. http://5by5.tv/eastwing/71

Liz Elcoate

Tim talks with Liz Elcoate about her start in the design industry, her podcast, and how she’d never go back to a full-time job. http://5by5.tv/eastwing/73
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