I'm not sure exactly what Jory MacKay, does as editor at an upmarket freelancer marketplace Crew. Whatever it is, the output is excellent.
Here is a great primer on how to ask questions to get most out of any conversation. It comes from journalist angle, but it works a guide for many conversations - customer development, interviews, selling.
This week I've rediscovered Seedcamp's Soundcloud channel channel. Plenty of great stuff there.
The interview with James Moed starts a bit "oh, isn't IDEO amazing", a bit Jan Chipchase, if you will. Stick with it past first 15 minutes, though.
There are some excellent point on the need to push beyond "UX for the sake of UX" and put users at the focus of things. Service design versus well polished, but hollow products.
I also liked the mention of "expectancy test" technique. It's something that Samuel from User Onboard illustrated very well in this week's teardown of Rdio.
If you can't be bothered to listen to the interview, I think this Seedcamp blog post sums it up pretty well.
Constantin Boym is one of my favourite designers, frankly even without knowing much about the award-winning designs he co-produced with Laurene Leon Boym.
Boym's blog has been consistently great reading. New instalment on the emotional history of his Sottsass-Kelly Enorme phone is an excellent read:
An amalgam of Memphis style and Silicon Valley technology, the new phone was supposed to be colorful, functional, and affordable—in other words, perfect. [...] The heavy earpiece seemed to give substance to even the most trivial conversations.
We no longer need landline telephone service, but who cares? Product obsolescence does not apply to keepsakes.
If you like that sort of stuff, Boym's book - "Keepsakes" is out in May, and illustrated by Maira Kalman to boot.
If you really like this stuff, then dig further into Svetlana Boym's seminal "The Future of Nostalgia".
Sancaklar Mosque, by Emre Arolat Architects.
Wonderful building, now shortlisted in Design Museum's annual Designs of the Year - Architecture competition.
Cover photo by Arne Krueger - CC BY--SA 2.0.