Oh My Geekness

Feb 05

fiftythreenyc:

EVERY STORY HAS A NAME
FiftyThree’s story began with Paper. What began with three guys building an app out of a New York City apartment has gone on to become one of the most celebrated applications on iOS, defining mobile creativity and winning Apple’s 2012 iPad App of the Year. Paper embodied our belief that technology should support the human need to create. It’s a beautifully simple app that lets anyone capture their ideas and share them over the web. For millions of creators around the world, Paper is where they call home for their ideas—100 million, in fact, over the last two years. Paper has come to represent endless creative potential, and we couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to our story.
Stories have twists.
So it came as a surprise when we learned on January 30th with everyone else that Facebook was announcing an app with the same name—Paper. Not only were we confused but so were our customers (twitter) and press (1,2,3,4). Was this the same Paper? Nope. Had FiftyThree been acquired? Definitely not. Then, what’s going on?
We reached out to Facebook about the confusion their app was creating, and they apologized for not contacting us sooner. But an earnest apology should come with a remedy.
Stories reveal character. 
There’s a simple fix here. We think Facebook can apply the same degree of thought they put into the app into building a brand name of their own. An app about stories shouldn’t start with someone else’s story. Facebook should stop using our brand name.
On a personal level we have many ties to Facebook. Many friends, former students and colleagues are doing good work at Facebook. One of Facebook’s board members is an investor in FiftyThree. We’re a Facebook developer, and Paper supports sharing to Facebook where close to 500,000 original pages have been shared. Connections run deep.
What will Facebook’s story be? Will they be the corporate giant who bullies their developers? Or be agile, recognize a mistake, and fix it? Is it “Move fast and break things” or “Move fast and make things”?
We’re all storytellers. And we show care for each other by caring for our stories. Thanks for supporting us.
Georg PetschniggCo-Founder and CEOFiftyThree

fiftythreenyc:

EVERY STORY HAS A NAME

FiftyThree’s story began with Paper. What began with three guys building an app out of a New York City apartment has gone on to become one of the most celebrated applications on iOS, defining mobile creativity and winning Apple’s 2012 iPad App of the Year. Paper embodied our belief that technology should support the human need to create. It’s a beautifully simple app that lets anyone capture their ideas and share them over the web. For millions of creators around the world, Paper is where they call home for their ideas—100 million, in fact, over the last two years. Paper has come to represent endless creative potential, and we couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to our story.

Stories have twists.

So it came as a surprise when we learned on January 30th with everyone else that Facebook was announcing an app with the same name—Paper. Not only were we confused but so were our customers (twitter) and press (1,2,3,4). Was this the same Paper? Nope. Had FiftyThree been acquired? Definitely not. Then, what’s going on?

We reached out to Facebook about the confusion their app was creating, and they apologized for not contacting us sooner. But an earnest apology should come with a remedy.

Stories reveal character.

There’s a simple fix here. We think Facebook can apply the same degree of thought they put into the app into building a brand name of their own. An app about stories shouldn’t start with someone else’s story. Facebook should stop using our brand name.

On a personal level we have many ties to Facebook. Many friends, former students and colleagues are doing good work at Facebook. One of Facebook’s board members is an investor in FiftyThree. We’re a Facebook developer, and Paper supports sharing to Facebook where close to 500,000 original pages have been shared. Connections run deep.

What will Facebook’s story be? Will they be the corporate giant who bullies their developers? Or be agile, recognize a mistake, and fix it? Is it “Move fast and break things” or “Move fast and make things”?

We’re all storytellers. And we show care for each other by caring for our stories. Thanks for supporting us.

Georg Petschnigg
Co-Founder and CEO
FiftyThree

Sep 20

Marko Karppinen: The Ritual -

markonen:

If you think about it, a print magazine hitting your letterbox is one hell of a push notification.

Afterwards, you collect the thing, deposit it on the side table, and glance at it regularly as you go about your week.

The magazine sits there, reminding you to make time for it sometime soon. And…

Sep 11

Offscreen Magazine: Magma's response to not paying their bills -

offscreenmag:

Today, I’ve finally received a response to the Magma fiasco (in short: they owe me $1600+ from selling Offscreen) from the shop’s owner/founder Marc Valli. It arrived in three emails:

Email I

I am sorry but you are an ignorant idiot. You know nothing. Shame on you, actually. We are trying…

Mar 30

originalgiantcontent:

Tonight!

originalgiantcontent:

Tonight!

Half Man/Half Marathon™ - In progress #art #artworks #doodles #drawing #drawings #halfmanhalfmarathon #hmhm #illustration #sketches #sketching  (presso L’inverno del nostro scontento)

Half Man/Half Marathon™ - In progress #art #artworks #doodles #drawing #drawings #halfmanhalfmarathon #hmhm #illustration #sketches #sketching (presso L’inverno del nostro scontento)

Mar 08

How Not To Do Your Twenties: “I am going to tell you today about something that my friends and I... -

hownottodoyourtwenties:

“I am going to tell you today about something that my friends and I call The Fraud Police. The Fraud Police are this imaginary, terrifying force of experts and real grown-ups who don’t exist and who come knocking on your door at 3am when you least expect it, saying: ‘Fraud Police. We’ve been…

Jan 31

explore-blog:

What mode of communication should you use? A flowchart by the inimitable Wendy MacNaughton, source of consistent visual delight.

explore-blog:

What mode of communication should you use? A flowchart by the inimitable Wendy MacNaughton, source of consistent visual delight.

(Source: explore-blog)

Jan 24

#moleskine #sharpie  (presso L’inverno del nostro scontento)

#moleskine #sharpie (presso L’inverno del nostro scontento)

Dec 02

Yummygum: Mini wireframing kit -

yummygum:

Some time ago Jeff Broderick posted this cute little wireframe on Dribbble which intrigued us. We really liked the idea and wanted to try out working with the little wireframes too. One thing we noticed is that drawing all of those 1px, 2px and 3px lines to represent body text and…

Jul 29

“User experience design isn’t a checkbox, you don’t do it and then move on. It needs to be integrated into everything you do.” — Liz Danzico, quoted in the article Myth #31: UX design is a step in the project. (via sprawsm)