It’s crazy how quickly time always flies – it feels like just yesterday that I was pressing “Submit” on my business school applications (approximately 5 minutes before the deadlines, of course), and now I’m almost finished with my first semester at Columbia Business School.
There is one thing that has remained constant over the past several holiday seasons – advent calendars! Behold:
- 24 Ways – http://24ways.org/
24 ways is the advent calendar for web geeks. For twenty-four days each December we publish a daily dose of web design and development goodness to bring you all a little Christmas cheer.
24 Ways was the first advent calendar I found back in 2008, when “Web 2.0” was the buzzword of the day instead of “IoT”. Always has great articles on design and development – though I don’t keep up as well as I’d like each year, the topics are still relevant for months after.
- UXmas – http://uxmas.com/
An advent calendar for UX folk.
Newer calendar (began in 2012) focused more on design and UX with gems like Santa, the Child, and the Magic of UX.
- Performance Calendar – http://calendar.perfplanet.com/2014/
The speed geek’s favorite time of the year
Started in 2009,a more technical look at sites through the holidays.
- Responsive Advent – http://christmas.code7.co.uk/
A responsive advent calendar featuring a selection of funny, heart-warming, and nostalgic festive videos. For extra fun, we have a competition giving you the chance to win a vaguely festive prize!
Contains gems like “How to wrap your Christmas cat” and N64 nostalgia.
Let the festivities begin!
Happy new year! Every new year seems to fly by faster than the previous – I can’t believe that I’m already almost four years out of school. While 2013 was a fantastic music-filled year for me, I’m very much looking forward to what 2014 will bring. Here’s to a year filled with pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and fun experiences.
In the meantime, a few of my favorite phone apps from 2013, to help with daily organization and information intake:
1. Feedly – Home
When Google announced the sunsetting of Google Reader at the start of the year, I immediately began searching for alternatives so I could slowly wean myself off Reader. There were quite a few on the market, including feedly, The Old Reader (which had to rollback its userbase, due to overloading from the influx of ex-Google Reader users) and Digg’s anticipated reader. In the end, Feedly won me over with its clean, simple design and cross-device compatibility. An added bonus is that it works nicely with…
2. Pocket – Home
From my RSS feed to friends, I find a lot of articles that I want to save for later reading. Pocket makes it easy to bookmark articles no matter your device, and an added bonus is that lets you read the content directly on Pocket, rather than needing to navigate to the full NYTimes website, etc. Kudos to Shannon for recommending this to me, and Chin for featuring it in her recent Refinery29 article.
3. Yahoo! Weather – via iTunes
One of the most pleasant surprises of the year – a clean, beautiful and useful weather app from Yahoo! of all companies. In addition to the usual weather metrics, Y!Weather also includes wind, pressure, precipitation and sun/moon position information – all displayed on a backdrop of gorgeous photos (from Flickr, of course) aligned with the current time of day and weather forecast.
Four Kickstarter favorites from this past year:
1. Ghost CMS Platform – via Kickstarter
Open source blogging platform with a beautiful, clean design. Official website over yonder.
2. The HuMn Wallet – via Kickstarter
A sleek, minimalist RFID blocking wallet – not that I would use one necessarily, but this is the best design I’ve seen so far.
3. GameStick – via Kickstarter
A portable TV game console, all within this one controller.
And last but not least…
4. Veronica Mars Movie Projectvia Kickstarter
VERONICA MARS IS BACK! AHH!!