Selbstzweifel – Self-Doubt

A couple of months ago I was watching a documentary in which the conductor Hossein Pishkar appeared. At one point he said …

Ich zweifle ständig und andauernd an mir. Selbstzweifel. Immer wieder. Nur beim Machen, da darf man keine haben!

… which translates into something like …

I keep doubting myself constantly. Self-doubt. Again and again. Only when acting, you must not have any!

I think if you decide to act and to do/make something you have to forget this constant self-doubt. It would block you and you can question yourself afterwards again (which you will). In the moment, just go with it. Give 100% and be confident.

⇾ Accessible Brand Colors

This is a tool that shows you how ADA compliant your colours are in relation to each other. By adding your brand’s colours one by one, you can generate a chart to see how they can be used together for accessibility, see, where they don’t work, and find similar colours that work better.

⇾ Visit: Accessible Brand Colors

Album Released by Tobi Lessnow aka Baldower

Tobi Lessnow, my long-time friend, partner in crime and lover mental support after beyond tellerrand did it. So …

Ladies and gentlemen, here it is! The long awaited album by Baldower is here.

I don’t bloody care if you like his music or not, but you gonna click this link, visit Bandcamp and buy his damn album. The whole album! NOW!

Image is showing the album cover of Tobi Lessnow’s album on Bandcamp

Brendan Dawes Is Seeking Alternative Rectangles

In a recent blog post Brendan Dawes stated, that he switched off all his notifications. On phone and desktop. He says …

It started with me killing dead all notifications, not just on my phone but on my desktop too. I now live in a state of ignorant bliss, free from knowing if somebody from just liked a tweet or my latest stupid Instagram post. If I decide to fire up either of these that's my decision. With notifications it's the other way round — your phone is controlling you — telling you what to do with your time.

… and I totally agree to the statement that phones – or mobile devices in general – are controlling us more and more. I see this day by day, watching my kids during their days.

I for myself, though, try to simply don’t let this happen. Maybe it would be easier to switch off my notifications as well, but then I see it as part of my job as doing support for beyond tellerrand and being reachable for customers. I am in a totally different role here though, surely. What I learned though, over the years, is to not react to any damn notification anymore. I learned to ignore or overlook them and reply to questions quick, but when I find the time.

How are you thinking about this? What is your way of dealing with more and more distractive noise around you? Would be interesting to hear this (replies recently only work via Twitter and webmention or email of course).

Here is Brendan’s full blog post.

Sponsorships Offer Benefits

Part of Kai Brach’s introduction text to his latest edition of the newsletter Dense Discovery states this:

I still believe that, if done well, sponsorships offer benefits that go beyond easy-to-measure performance metrics. While anyone can buy more visits, sponsorships are forged with a mutual understanding that both parties can benefit from each other’s reputation. Conferences, community events, open-source software, and a plethora of creative endeavours (many of which inspire critical thought) only exist because of the generous support by organisations that believe in the value of affiliation. Let’s hope that spirit outlives our obsession with the measurable.

I can’t say more, but I totally agree to this!

Did I Miss Something on Medium?

A screenshot of a message that you get on the Medium App for Phone stating I have two more articles to read for free

I must have missed that Medium limits the free to read stories now. Or what is this about?

⇾ Meagan Fisher on Motivations and Struggles Behind Redesigning Her Website

Meagan Fisher has redesigned her website recently. I reckon you have heard this already as it was spoken about quite a lot. Now she has written about the motivations and struggles with this. I find this quite interesting and I bet you will find yourself in this 8 minute read as well ;)

⇾ Visit: Meagan Fisher on Motivations and Struggles Behind Redesigning Her Website

Making Future Interfaces: Inline SVG

Heydon Pickering has released another episode of his Making Future Interfaces videos, I was talking about earlier. This time: Inline SVG. Another one I watch with a big smile on my face – superb, Heydon.

Or watch on YouTube: Making Future Interfaces: Inline SVG

Thanks for the Mention, Sebastian


Sebastian Greger mentioned my beyond tellerrand events in a nice list of events for 2019 – thanks a lot!

⇾ On Table Design

Hui Jing has written an article about table design patterns over there at Smashing Magazine. It is a nice to read article that shows CSS only options an JavaScript enhanced options.

⇾ Visit: On Table Design