If you think of onboarding not as pointing out the weak parts in your interface, but instead as the holistic approach to delivering more value to more signups, then it becomes extremely clear that your onboarding experience must keep pace with the evolution of your product and the evolution of the market it serves.

User Onboarding Isn’t a Feature.

I’d rather make less product and make it better, so that my customers come back after 35, 40 years, as they are now. That’s a really nice feeling.

Frank Clegg, in an interview with Om Malik.

A simpler Twitter

A long time ago I used Craig Mod’s Twitter for Minimalists. It was nice. Using that in a Fluid.app instance gave me the benefits of Twitter’s web application without the distraction of having it in my primary browser.

Craig’s recent tweet about modifying the notifications panel put it back in my mind.

I find the Twitter website to include some key pieces that third-party apps lack. I enjoy seeing favorites and other activity that’s only available through the web interface. The downside is that I dislike the habit of opening it in my primary browser; I prefer distractions that take more deliberate action to open. So I threw together some basic styles and now have this running:

It helps me build a small, digital habit field around using Twitter. If you want to set up something similar here’s a Gist of the CSS I’m using. Using that in Fluid.app will require the paid version, but it’s just $4.99. I also found this handy replacement icon that looks nice in my dock.

Putting Thought Into Things:

Quality is not just the method, just the form, or just the content. The lack of quality doesn’t cumulate in a spot, it is fundamental. Quality is what holds form and content together.

Designer Duds:

In order to avoid losing its place atop organizations, design must deliver results. Designers must also accept that if they don’t, they’re not actually designing well.

Put together a quick theme idea tonight and pushed it live to this site. Possibly a few rough areas around the edges. Overall I’m pretty happy with it, though. Really simple to put together; though I did miss my goal of keeping it under 1,000 lines of CSS. Will need to find a way to trim 50 lines. 🙂