Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Saks, are hobbling toward Black Friday. Someone send them a Christmas miracle.

It’s only going to get worse (or is that better) as Millenials ditch the department stores – Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Saks, are hobbling toward Black Friday.

78 percent of Americans born between 1980 and 1996 surveyed in a 2014 Harris poll said they would rather spend their funds on experiences than on purchasing goods. “Millennials feel that shopping in department stores is a chore,” retail analyst Walter Loeb noted in Forbes earlier this year. “The theatre is gone.”

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Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Saks, are hobbling toward Black Friday. Someone send them a Christmas miracle.

78 percent of Americans born between 1980 and 1996 surveyed in a 2014 Harris poll said they would rather spend their funds on experiences than on purchasing goods. “Millennials feel that shopping in department stores is a chore,” retail analyst Walter Loeb noted in Forbes earlier this year. “The theatre is gone.”

Source: Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Saks, are hobbling toward Black Friday. Someone send them a Christmas miracle.

This is a huge number. Of course what we don’t know from this Harris Poll is what non-Millenials report in a similar question;  maybe this isn’t so shocking. But for a moment take this number at face value. Then combine this with another number in the same survey that shows 60% of Millenials share these experiences online and worry about “missing out”.

If I had to do something to attract Millenials as shoppers I would spend less time sorting out hip, cool, fun and more time thinking how I could make shopping a social, online, venue-based thing. Why isn’t shopping more like dining out or a concert?

Introducing Silver : Lightweight Mobile Prototyping in Sketch 3 — Startups, Wanderlust, and Life Hacking — Medium

Can’t wait to take this for a test drive… always looking for better prototype tools Introducing Silver : Lightweight Mobile Prototyping in Sketch 3 — Startups, Wanderlust, and Life Hacking — Medium

Silver is a combination of an iOS app, a Mac app, and a Sketch Plugin that seamlessly communicate with each other to mak…

Source: Introducing Silver : Lightweight Mobile Prototyping in Sketch 3 — Startups, Wanderlust, and Life Hacking — Medium

Very intriguing idea. Sketch is quickly becoming the design tool of choice and allowing designers to go from wireframe to mockup to interactive design in…

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Introducing Silver : Lightweight Mobile Prototyping in Sketch 3 — Startups, Wanderlust, and Life Hacking — Medium

Silver is a combination of an iOS app, a Mac app, and a Sketch Plugin that seamlessly communicate with each other to mak…

Source: Introducing Silver : Lightweight Mobile Prototyping in Sketch 3 — Startups, Wanderlust, and Life Hacking — Medium

Very intriguing idea. Sketch is quickly becoming the design tool of choice and allowing designers to go from wireframe to mockup to interactive design in the same tool is wonderful.

My favorite tool remains Balsamiq but that lacks in the ability to jump from wireframe to interactive prototype. In other words at some point in the journey you will need to move into a proper design tool whether that is Sketch/Adobe or Xcode directly.

The silver bullet / holy grail for hybrid designer/product/tech people like me: re-usable controls.

Ugh, stalled

Ugh, stalled… need to schedule the start of my working days.

When I first moved to Tumblr one of the ideas I had was picking a good habit monthly and trying to incorporate it into my life. Or findings bad habit and cleaning it up. Either way was fine.  …

Source: Getting back to it…

Somehow I’ve managed to get off track and stop writing. I am stalled at 20k words and it’s November 20th. Thanksgiving next week won’t make this any easier.

I’ve just added a…

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And then there were three – Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps | The Verge

Source: Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps | The Verge

Not surprising that a streaming music service went under; it’s a brutal business and the labels don’t do anyone any favors. So now we have:

  1. Spotify – on demand, decent playlists, bad radio.
  2. Apple – on demand, bad playlists, bad radio.
  3. Pandora – not on demand, no playlists, great radio.

I sure hope whatever Pandora…

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And then there were three – Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps

Source: Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps | The Verge

Not surprising that a streaming music service went under; it’s a brutal business and the labels don’t do anyone any favors. So now we have:

  1. Spotify – on demand, decent playlists, bad radio.
  2. Apple – on demand, bad playlists, bad radio.
  3. Pandora – not on demand, no playlists, great radio.

I sure hope whatever Pandora picked up is going to help with providing on demand and soon. Competition is always good.

Kudos to Facebook – Safety Check is a good start, more work needed

Kudos to Facebook – Safety Check is a good start, more work needed: we need to be able to do something beyond our gestures.

During Friday’s horrible Paris attacks by Da’esh nut jobs, Facebook turned on ‘Safety Check’, a function allowing people in Paris to check in and say “I’m Safe”. I have a lot of friends in Paris and I was absolutely relieved to see those check-ins.

Criticism was quick: why not for Beirut which had been the victim of a terrorist attack too. That’s a fair critique. Facebook replied essentially…

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One key thing about remote work: move!

One key thing about remote work: move! Get up and roam a little!

Telecommuting can blur the boundaries between work and home, to the detriment of both, but it doesn’t have to.

Source: 7 Ways to Make Working Remote Work Better

Most articles point out some of the key items about remote work and these are important: routine, space, good headphones, standing desk, etc.

But what these articles miss is one of the joys of remote work: You can get up and move to…

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Too much in Slack defeats the purpose

“It’s putting content into a useful pre-made notification format that really works for our clients.”

Source: How Storyful is turning Slack into an extension of its newswire » Nieman Journalism Lab

The summary of this story is that Storyful integrates with Slack and can pump their content straight into a Slack feed. I have a few RSS feeds and other integrations that push ‘news’ into Slack and from…

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