Vuk Trifkovic

Three Links & Artisanal Globes


I - How to Build an Invisible App According to Robin

Invisible apps, magically blending into background while delivering value to the user are often considered a holy grail of product design.

Robin, an office application app shows that blending into background might not be as easy or as as desirable. Two key points for me . . .

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January 13, 2015

Three Links & Gastropod


I - Why Matter Reckons 2015 Won't Suck

It was the week of recap and forward-looking pieces. Matter's bundle stood head and shoulders above rest.

Go through all 39. At the very least check out 16, 21 and 22.

Other than that, curious that Butterfield of Slack is writing on audio. I always thought Slack really . . .

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January 05, 2015


fiction - "J" Howard Jacobson
non-fiction - "Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products" Leander Kahney
cookbook - "Eating with the Chefs" Per-Anders Jörgensen
tune - "Máximo Says"Molly Nillson
shop - Centro Italia
restaurant - Blackfoot
thing online - Monument . . .

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January 01, 2015

Three Links & Erik's Ride


I - GPS from the inside - uniforms, glitches, bridges

I am not sure what took Geoff Manaugh almost two years to write up his and Nicola Twilley's visit to Fort Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, or GPS HQ.

Whatever it was, it is well worth the wait.

II - The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things

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December 29, 2014

Five Non-Startup Books for Startup Folks

...and other curious creatures

Back in November, this Twitter prompt for a book recommendation got me thinking.

I wanted to suggest to Josh of Passion Bicycle an unconventional choice, preferably a piece of fiction, certainly out of the usual cycle of startup-themed books.

Alas, I could not think of any on the spot. A few weeks later, having given it . . .

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December 28, 2014

How do you sort trips?

You got a driving log consisting of a chain of destination and origin points and times associated with them. How do you sort them within the app?

Paper is simple. App? Not so much

In the paper skeuomorph, the order is clear - you book the oldest trip first, starting from the origin to destination. You continue, and you get . . .

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December 24, 2014

Three Links & Hoffer


I - On Shutting the Fuck Up

Excellent dissection of the old "I've saved Latin, what did you do" defence, so often used in startup context.

To say “stfu & build something,” or some variation thereof, is to demand that a critic engage you on your own narrow terms—terms which may well be a subject of the . . .

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December 24, 2014


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