From our friend Jeromy Wilson over at Niche Acadamy: they have just released a course on prototyping which you can sign up for today. I’ve looked at the course material, and there is a fantastic amount of instruction and information, so if you’re looking to learn, give this course a try. Jeromy has been a ProtoShare user for years, and we’re featured in the course.
Jeromy also has an interesting article about prototyping called “The most important skill of the decade” over at Linked In, so take a look.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about the course, and let me know about any other prototyping resources you find useful.
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We frequently use Google Page Speed insights to make sure that our websites are running as fast as possible. If you haven’t tried it on your site, give it a go – its fun to see, and there is inevitably a lot of low-hanging fruit you can access to improve your score. ProtoShare.com currently scores a 92/100.
Some of the suggestions are easy. Like setting an expires header on your content so that browsers can cache it for up to a week. While its true that you can’t do this for everything, if you can do it for part of your site, you can and should. Even frequently updated libraries can be versioned so as to support a long expiration time (and long cache times).
So – the easy ones we did – we currently have only one file that google is telling us to increase the cache time:
Yes – that’s right, its google analytics. My OCD really really wants them to bump this up to a week. Or they could just exclude it from their page tool.
At any rate – take advantage of page-speed, and all of the other great tools Google offers for web development. Just don’t expect perfection.
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Interesting article about the Golden Ratio use in design, asserting that the whole thing is a myth: Article Here. I’ve been reading ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’ by Daniel Kahneman which talks a lot about inherent biases in human decision making, and Kahneman’s ideas really resonated when reading the article about the Golden Ratio. The short of it is that human beings love to create stories and narratives, and as long as the narratives ‘feel’ right, we’ll have a high level of confidence in them whether or not they are true. All of this leads me back to the importance of getting your ideas out of your head, making them concrete, and then validating and testing. This is how we and our customers use ProtoShare, and while we probably still fall victim to our own biases, watching users interact with your ideas can really help you base your decisions on stronger, valid evidence. Enjoy the articles!
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