The sto­ry of how a cou­ple of guys used Kick­starter to raise the funds to pro­duce a great prod­uct idea.

On July 11th, 2010, Tom Ger­hardt and I had an idea for an iPhone acces­so­ry: a tri­pod mount that dou­bled as a stand. Five months lat­er, cus­tomers began to receive our prod­uct, the Glif, in the mail. This turn­around, from idea to mar­ket in five months by two guys with no retail or man­u­fac­tur­ing expe­ri­ence, sig­ni­fies a shift in the way prod­ucts are made and sold — a shift only made pos­si­ble in the last cou­ple years.

This is has become a dar­ling exam­ple of how a great idea and some smart exe­cu­tion can lever­age a flat world to make some mon­ey, and right­ly so. (via Gruber)

Open Building Codes

Carl Mala­mud’s 5 minute Ignite! pre­sen­ta­tion on mak­ing build­ing codes avail­able for free to the pub­lic once they’ve been adopt­ed as law. I’ve been argu­ing for this ever since I was in college.

Reading Zero History

Watch­ing this video of the Fes­to Air­Pen­guin, I’m remind­ed that every­thing in William Gib­son (@greatdismal )‘s Bigend tril­o­gy has already hap­pened, just not yet in that order.

AutoCAD on the Mac

Autodesk recent­ly announced they will be ship­ping Auto­CAD 2011 for the Mac (and iOS) some­time in the next cou­ple of months. I think this is great move for them. Per­haps this relys a bit much on some old stereo­types of Mac vs Win­dows users, but I see this is Autodesk’s greater push beyond their tra­di­tion­al… Con­tin­ue read­ing Auto­CAD on the Mac

Categorized as Remainder

No More Watchmen

So Alan Moore says that he does­n’t even want the rights to Watch­men back after DC approach­es him with a deal. So, no more Watch­men sto­ries. Nor­mal­ly, I find myself always want­i­ng more from a world so rich as that cre­at­ed by Moore and artist Dave Gib­bons. How­ev­er, for some rea­son, I can­not imag­ine want­i­ng… Con­tin­ue read­ing No More Watchmen

iPhone for the Deaf on the WWDC keynote by Steve Jobs yes­ter­day: The “one more thing” from Steve Jobs was some­thing we all expect­ed – video call­ing on the iPhone 4. What was not expect­ed was how it put Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage users in the spot­light, at the very end of the Face­Time video. Of every­thing in the (near­ly… Con­tin­ue read­ing iPhone for the Deaf

Designing User-Focused Context Sensitive Help

This pre­sen­ta­tion by Matthew Elli­son [Goog docs] giv­en at last year’s Aus­tralasian Online Doc­u­men­ta­tion and Con­tent Con­fer­ence (AODC 2009) has some excel­lent points on how to craft online help for con­text sen­si­tive calls. This is some­thing Bent­ley uses (a lot) and I’m try­ing to catch up on. There are real­ly a lot of excel­lent points… Con­tin­ue read­ing Design­ing User-Focused Con­text Sen­si­tive Help

Tax and Spend Conservatives

USA Today’s Den­nis Cau­chon: Fed­er­al, state and local tax­es — includ­ing income, prop­er­ty, sales and oth­er tax­es — con­sumed 9.2% of all per­son­al income in 2009, the low­est rate since 1950, the Bureau of Eco­nom­ic Analy­sis reports. That rate is far below the his­toric aver­age of 12% for the last half-cen­­tu­ry. The over­all tax bur­den… Con­tin­ue read­ing Tax and Spend Conservatives