aesthetic convergence

  • by Toby Shorin
  • 19 blocks • an hour ago

The use case I have in mind is connecting a text block to the block containing the PDF, website, or other document from which I am have extracted the text.

I frequently find myself using the comments section for this, linking back to the original block, for my own memory and as a courtesy to other users. (Shout-out to all you good Arena citizens who also do this!!) However, it would be great to natively be able to connect a text block back to its source block.

This perhaps goes further than just connecting a block to a block, as suggested by enthusiasts of Flat Ontology Arena. It affords the idea of a "source block" for text blocks.

Here is an example of the workaround solution: https://www.are.na/block/1107561

Connect a text block to its source

Added by Toby Shorin
Updated 2 hours ago

Request: when I'm viewing a channel, show me any connected channels owned by me by using the open / closed channel colors in the Connections section.

This helps with the problem of several generic channel names often being connected to the same channel!

Show connected channels I own

Added by Toby Shorin
Updated 2 hours ago

Becoming Who One Is

  • by Toby Shorin
  • 4 blocks • 2 hours ago

"One's self-image becomes a social fact through action, and its meaning can then no longer be tied to the intention or will of the agent alone. This is, of course, exactly why many people forever postpone action, never write that book, send off that manuscript, finish that dissertation."

Why people never write that book

Added by Toby Shorin
Updated 2 hours ago

Intangible Commodities

  • by Toby Shorin
  • 15 blocks • 2 hours ago

"Communal belief - social reality - and the sacrednesses that it produces are precisely the powerful layers of distortion that we are likely to notice (and hence have a chance at seeing through). We are less able than normal humans to perceive social/sacredness reality in the first place, and to make matters worse, we are addicted to the insight rewards that come from trying to see through it even further."

Added by Toby Shorin
Updated 2 hours ago

Over-the-top, intensely trend-driven, and visually arresting, Instagram food is almost always something to be obtained, rather than cooked or created. It’s elusive and aspirational, something instantly recognizable yet only minimally available, the product of a long line (a ramen burger or matcha croissant) or a trans-continental flight (going all the way to Tokyo for a Gudetama waffle). Its appearance in your timeline signals status: You went to the place. You got the thing. You’re the kind of person who lives that kind of life.

This is why Instagram stunt food works: It transforms an indulgent meal or snack from a physical activity to a status performance.

Added by Toby Shorin
Updated 2 hours ago

The Cycle
If Hypebeast is in the business of mining niche energy, then their economic model begs the question of whether this commodity has a finite supply. Newness and rarity are, by virtue of themselves, self-expiring values. Something is rare until it is shared, new until it is bought. Mix that with the hunger of the Beast – or Bae – and you have a circumstance that resembles one of the ancient philosopher Zeno’s paradoxes. In the paradox of “Achilles and the Tortoise,” the Greek hero chases the slower tortoise in a race but never catches it. When Achilles reaches where the tortoise once was, the animal has already moved slightly forward, leaving him in a constant state of almost-arrival. The hypebeast finds himself in a similar position, perpetually on the cusp of trends that have been broken to a site with millions of followers, propelled forward by the chase of the next drop. Hypebeast’s job is to squeeze the Internet for all its niche as long as this appetite remains. And there has not yet been a sign of a saturation point.

Added by Toby Shorin
Updated 2 hours ago

Underdog.io Research

  • by Toby Shorin
  • 25 blocks • 3 hours ago

From Edouard Urcardes

What tools have you used to source designers and PMs for hiring?
Generally speaking, we're pretty loosey-goosy about our in-team process. Designers within the team generally source via shared contacts, friends of friends, twitter, job channels in slacks, and other relatively intimate sources of capable people. On the other (more official) end, we work with someone from HR specifically tasked with hiring folks. This person uses more typical channels of recruiting, such as LinkedIn, our own 'job application software', and 'official recruiter networks'.
I personally (as an individual) find huge value in networks like Twitter or Slack for getting to know 'good' individuals from a talent/ability perspective, and softer 'social' inclinations that determine if they work well in a team, have low ego, etc.

When you encounter a designer’s profile and assets somewhere, what helps you differentiate a mid-level from a senior designer? what about an experienced individual contributor from a design manager?
Typical 'calling cards' for more senior digital° designers include the following:
For their website: Limited amounts of work, a very focused delivery mechanism
(as opposed to surfacing 20+ projects, a sprawling website, 10+ social links, etc.)
Written (and appropriately detailed) case studies, supplied with appropriately-scoped visual helpers
People who have worked in the 'Freelance' space for extended amounts of time — I've heard it repeated often that folks who can swing the freelance lifestyle and do well are able to manage various aspects of the 'design job' that translate to a Senior skill set.
An ability to direct and shape the 'culture' of a space — this is a bit more personal of an opinion, but it's clear to me that people who are able to manipulate immaterial spaces like conversations, zeitgeists, and organizational culture are able to operate in 'higher' spaces with regards to designed forms, which I personally find highly valuable in people I work with.
This is not an exhaustive list, just some things that popped into my head as of this writing. I admittedly can't offer up specific insights/opinions on how one might discern a 'really good' product manager, but I imagine there's much more overlap than people would like to admit.
*I mention digital because the tells for 'seniority' vary across the many and varied design disciplines — some excellent design can't be conveyed via imagery, or detailed documentation, or writing, etc.

How does the “type of work” they’ve done come into consideration when you’re hiring? do the different role titles in the design field affect this? does industry?
For me, personally, no. I'm a strong believer in the ability for baseline 'good design practice' to translate across disciplines. Pragmatically, and for Tumblr specifically, this isn't the case, and we often constrain designers we hire into people who have worked on 'mobile product' before, self-identify as digital product designers, and have a stronger than not visual design background. I don't believe in this per se.
Generally, I think the industry writ large operates in a similar way to Tumblr, privileging very specific skillsets that are often constrained and limited to the types of tooling one uses. This is such a young industry that I'm of the opinion that most 'best practices' regarding hiring are fraudulent and short-sighted at worst, limiting potential at the very least.
If you have any comments in particular on how you make an initial determination on whether a product manager might be worth talking to, I’d love to hear that
A general heuristic I like to go by:
If I could hire the person as a capable classical User Experience designer, they'd probably fit really well as a product manager. The overlap between the two disciplines is large imo, with simply different weighings in priority given to the lifespan of a project.

Edouard on Product Design

Added by Toby Shorin
Updated 3 hours ago

Experimental Self

  • by Toby Shorin
  • 24 blocks • 2 hours ago

Cultivating Agency

  • by Toby Shorin
  • 22 blocks • 2 hours ago

Symbol Manipulation

  • by Toby Shorin
  • 21 blocks • 6 hours ago

The Language of Aesthetics

  • by Toby Shorin
  • 3 blocks • 7 hours ago

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