Community, Features, Maker Resources

Digital communities: an interview with Product Hunt’s Ryan Hoover

It’s the community, Ryan Hoover emphasizes, that makes Product Hunt special—a community of makers, fans of their products, and everyone in between. On Product Hunt, users can submit and upvote products from all types of makers from around the world. Hoover himself sees 100+ products submitted everyday, and the community is only getting bigger. In …

Features, Maker Resources

What happens when startup definitions collide?

The 24 Hour Startup Challenge mobilised indie makers. It also reignited the debate around the definition of a startup. While the challenge from Pat Walls, Armin Ulrich, and Melanie Massinger saw an action-packed weekend of highs, lows, dancing, happy swearing, and launches, there were people sniping from the sidelines. Criticism came from Reddit, challenging the …

Maker Resources

Minimalist making: how to reduce the cognitive burden on your users

Famous Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science researcher Herb Simon once said: “Solving a problem simply means representing it so as to make the solution transparent.” This is true of maths as it is with making products. We usually call this the design process. Makers can use it to create a work plan through psychology, sociology, …