Monthly Archives: July 2007

Virgin America set for takeoff

Virgin America, a new low-cost carrier based in San Francisco, is set for an Aug. 8 takeoff. The carrier has faced some turbulent skies due in part to its partial ownership by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Initial routes are San … Continue reading

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AOL is #1

In my piece on Nielsen’s shift to time-on-site metrics, I mentioned the downsides of using a single metric. ZDNet has a follow on to the Nielsen story that explores this further. The shift in methodology puts AOL at the top … Continue reading

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One year of reDesign and counting

Today marks the one year anniversary of this blog. I’m at 271 posts over the year (including this one). It’s been a lot of fun. Writing this blog has given me a creative outlet and more reasons to explore all … Continue reading

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I love that dirty water

FastCompany has an in-depth look at the economics of the bottled water industry. It looks at the distribution costs and environmental impact of shipping water 2/3s of the way around the world to places where you can just open the … Continue reading

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I went to see Live Free or Die Hard tonight. In addition to the pure mindless fun of two hours of chase scenes and car explosions, there’s the fun of talking about all the things that are so ridiculous afterward: … Continue reading

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Smarts coming to the USA

The Smart is coming to the United States. Smart, part of Mercedes, is a tiny car that you’ll often see in Europe. The car holds two people and two bags. I rented two of these in Italy in 2002. When … Continue reading

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Facebook is on fire

Aside from Apple, you rarely see the kind and volume of media attention that Facebook is getting right now. The exposure is deserved. Among the various social networks I’ve been on, my Facebook network has grown the fastest by far. … Continue reading

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Nielsen tears up page view metrics

Hallelujah! From the AP story on Nielsen’s move: A leading online measurement service will scrap rankings based on the longtime industry yardstick of page views and begin tracking how long visitors spend at the sites. The move by Nielsen/NetRatings, expected … Continue reading

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How to create killer products

As I was writing the posts on the product development process, I thought of a number of the questions that I ask when I’m designing the actual product. The thoughts below are based on more than 12 years of product … Continue reading

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Google and the power of CDRs

Google bought GrandCentral last week. GrandCentral is a provider of VOIP-based communications services. I’ve been using it for about six weeks; it’s a great service. One thing that really stands out about GrandCentral is its use of call detail records, … Continue reading

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