Online Diary, Errors Enshrined. Pamela LiCalzi O’Connell, 20 December 2001. Call it the art of the error message. A new site called Design Not Found (www.37signals.com/dnf) is collecting examples, bad and good, of “contingency design,” or what you see on your screen when something goes wrong on a Web site. Some sites, like Amazon and Yahoo, are good at handling contingencies (your screen name doesn’t work, your address doesn’t fit in the form, and so forth). Others are not so good, spitting out cryptic error messages, irrelevant results or other information that isn’t much help.
“Many sites spend lots of time and effort on big-picture issues but forget that it’s the little things, like error messages and confusing language, that often drive customers away,” said Jason Fried, a partner at 37signals, the interface design firm that sponsors Design Not Found (The New York Times).
Be More Productive. Take Time Off. Jason Fried, 18 August 2012. The benefits of a six-month schedule with three-day weekends are obvious. But there’s one surprising effect of the changed schedule: better work gets done in four days than in five.
When there’s less time to work, you waste less time. When you have a compressed workweek, you tend to focus on what’s important. Constraining time encourages quality time.(The New York Times).