Everyone is after good Prototyping tools. I've been big fan of Marvel since it was simple, straight out of Haggerston and since the founder is always quick to reach out on Twitter.
Card-tastic crew at Wildcard have much more experience and have shared it in a recent Smashing Magazine post.
Do have a look at the piece, though. It has plenty of great resources & tips in there too.
I am not so sure it is unfair. Ineffective, I agree with.
As a hiring manager, you are always curious about how would the candidate solve the problem that you are obsessing about. As a candidate, I always find it hard to get into it from outside looking in.
How to set up the challenge according to Google Venture's Braden Kowitz has a very Google-ish contrived nature to it. However, focusing on constrains, idea generation and ability to critique themselves might be useful approach.
Of course: design hiring, product hiring, all the same thing.
Even if you don't know Ray Ozzie, the chances are that his tech architecture decisions touched your daily routine. He's out to do it again.
The Medium piece by Steven Levy is a bit obsequious. We're likely to get more of that kind of stuff on the Medium.
However, I do find the product interesting. I'm a sucker for old platforms reimagined. Besides, I hate using the phone and I'm hoping that this synchronous / asynchronous stuff will work well.
Just as interesting is GigaOm coverage that highlights how open source technology underpins, well pretty much everything these days. Even ex-Microsoft Chief Software Architect's startup.
An Arduino Project - Trampolino
One of my favourite people, Savio Di Matteo,decided to reclaim erstwhile polentone technology, Arduino and show that if you want inspiration, you got to travel down south to Barletta.
Out of this desire, a Trampolino was born. In all honesty, the story is much simpler. Savio just needed something to water the plants while he was away.
The most fascinating part for me? The fact that the most difficult hardware operation was "to insert a straw upside down into an empty plastic bottle".
So, if you too need a robotic liquid pourer, you now know how to build one. No excuses!
Cover photo by Adafruit Industries - by-nc-sa 2.0 license.