Archive for August, 2010
There is all this talk about guiding your users and creating simple applications. Apple, 37 signals and others are masters in this art of creating simple and efficient interfaces for a user. On the other side there are companies like Microsoft that provide more of a sandbox environment for their users. They proved that they are successful and a platform like Linux has a growing user base.
Both have great ideas at their foundation and they both work very will in their own way. Both also have a fanatic fan base. But which one is better… The simplistic directed approach or the elaborate sandbox approach?
For the .openFoundry organization we are trying to come up with a good model for the members to attach their projects to. Going from the idea of local groups of people coming together all the way to providing a resources, communication and organization platform. From initial ideas was in the spirit of just come together and have some fun with technology it has to grow into a statement that will the basis off all our top level activities.
How do you create such a statement? long talks, heated discussions, concessions and finally Consensus!