Becoming Better Communicators
As designers, we pride ourselves on being great communicators. We go to extreme lengths to communicate with users in a language they understand, enabling them to engage with our messages and feel like they’re part of a story we built just for them. Yet, we do a poor job of communicating with those whom our work requires us to talk to every day—and we need to, and can, get better at it. In fact, as much as we consider ourselves designers, significant parts of our working hours are actually spent communicating with one another. At least, mine are. Here’s a list of tasks I perform on a typical workday: Log onto IRC (the way people at Canonical—the company behind the Linux operating system Ubuntu—communicate with anyone who’s on the clock) and greet my colleagues. Check my e-mail; reply to some, save some to deal with later. Log onto Basecamp; check my to-dos, update some notes, and comment on a hot thread. Make a quick phone call to my manager to get the daily update and clarify ...
SoftTech And Others Invest $1.5M In Beauty Ecommerce Site Coterie
Beauty ecommerce site Coterie is today announcing a seed raise of $1.5 million from SoftTech VC, Javelin Venture Partners and Michael Jung. Coterie allows women to sign up for exclusive limited deals on beauty brands like Kevyn Aucoin and Butter London. "All of our offers are exclusive collections, meaning you can't get them anywhere else," co-founder Catherine Magee tells me. "All the new and best products, not excess or discontinued inventory." The company will eventually let customers subscribe to their favorite Coterie-featured beauty products via its "My Vanity" feature. "My Vanity," which will roll out in three weeks, allows customers to follow brands and subscribe to beauty products they need replenished.