[istartup] links of interest

Collection of links that we assessed to help us in the new store:

Ubercart Point of Sale

It is made with Ubercart by Drupal, thinking about the possibility of an integrated solution? I rejected the idea because I rather having two separate accounts and an non-conected cash register in the physical store.

Registered Cash: Olivetti

It is the most followed option for small stores, but again, for us, we rather to have a software to helps us in the accounting process, so we needed something with more capabilities.

The printer: Brother

Our very best choice, it let’s you print tickets and sticks fully customizable.

Codeka vs PHP POS

We chose PHP Point of Sale, and we customized it as our needs, but I don’t have any special objections agaisnt Codeka. I think that PHP POS it’s quite simple, attractive and usable, and it provides you different graphical reports which are useful to see how sellings are going on.


Thanks Cristina, I’m finding a lot of interesting ideas for making our products more special by the packaging. We are closer to elaborate a great “soap experience”…

[istartup] the beginning

Months ago, my couple and me started up a new business in Málaga called Pompitas de Málaga Jabonería, since for us it was the best choice to run far far away from the unemployment evil.

Nowadays, the natural soap store continues its activity online, while I’m still working in my current company. For us, it is being an exciting experience taking into account the big dificulties we have to deal in this days.

Months ago, I also started a blog called “istartup” which I’ll continue from here to share all the progress notes I gathered during the first stage of the project and go on with the activity, that it is not finished yet.

My apologies for those who already read and visited the previous blog, you’ll probably see many similar posts in the following days.

Thanks, enjoy!

The visual interface is now your brand

Let’s go for inspiration…


Nick Myers: The Visual Interface is Now Your Brand.

“… about the considerations of visual interface design. First of all, Software isn’t fashion. The goal of visual design is really to support the user experience, primarily, and we also have to think about creating experiences that are timeless.”

[Book] Emotional Design: Why we love (or hate) everyday things

The Norman’s book Emotional Design: why we love (or hate) everyday things is certainly praised by designers and non-designers.

Truly, it has made me a better person (I would never say that I’m now a better designer since I’ve just read a book). But yes, that’s the positive feeling you can get after reading it. You will feel like an alive and creative animal which understand the emotions through design and technology.

The book is full of examples, (figurative) pictures, experiences, and situations to illustrate why without emotions, your decision-making ability would be impaired.

There’s a kind of anachronistic tone in his view of design. He splits it in three different levels:

  1. Visceral: visceral design is about the initial impact of a product, about appearance, touch, and feel.
  2. Behavioural: is about use, about experience with a product: function, performance, and usability.
  3. Reflecive: is about long-term relations, about feelings of satisfaction produced by owning, displaying, and using a product.

explaining why attractive things really work better: beauty and usefulness are inside everyone’s mind when we look at objects. Even if we would dislike something there’s always a strong emotion behind which affects to the interaction and the perception.

So interesting, so recommended… and ready for the next one.

What do we mean when we talk about men and women?

What do we mean when we talk about men and women? Generalization is easy and risky, even though we are in the middle of a fast pace discussion about anything else and totally unrelated we should be careful for two main reasons: respect (it sounds me so Ali-G) and an effective communication.

So think twice at least once, to not to fall in a fuzzy speech.

Social Design

Has the design a social mission? Personally, I believe that art has nowadays a strong commitment with our society; more than ever an artist cannot afford be a purely contemplative being. Should the design follow the same trend?

Blanksy, an artist that I love by his compromise with the need of denunciation and critic, has an important presence in the Wall of Shame built in Palestine. Apparently, not all palestinians have agreed with Blanksy’s vision of the reality, nevertheless they’ve contributed to express their feelings and to tell the story by using the same tool: the creativeness.

In regards of design, we can see more pieces of popular expressions like the #15M movement – also known as “Real Democracy Now” – which have provoked the contribution of such many different peoplenot only designers – and has used the design among social networks and public demonstrations.

This combination of support, talent, need, and commitment, is rising up as part of the ethic of a designer with his/her own profession.

There are, actually, communities dedicated to provide the designer’s talent to any NGO which need it.

I think that even UX/UI designers should be part of this tendency not forgetting the difference between the private and the public, and bringing back some forgotten concepts such as software libre, creative commons, and responsible consume. Now, when we seem to be safe.

Conferencia Hispana de Ruby on Rails 2006

25 de Noviembre, estación norte, Madrid, 19:33 pm, hemos perdido el autobús de Granada para las 19:00 y eso que nos fuimos corriendo de la primera conferencia Rails en España. Ya sólo nos queda aguantar el tipo hasta las 23h (¿nos estaremos perdiendo lo mejor?).

Entramos en la cafetería, sacamos libros y libretas, comentamos algunos proyectos empresariales que proponerle a la Junta (todo a su tiempo) y esperamos. Estoy inspirada, esta conferencia me ha iluminado, así que empiezo el diseño de mi “aplicación ideal”, tengo la sensación de que ahora es posible, de que hasta yo puedo programarla, de que puedo tenerla pronto y de que no me costará mucho esfuerzo…(¿me habrán comido la cabeza?)

Llego a casa, son las 5am, el autobús y conducir hasta aquí me han desvelado, el ordenador me tienta pero no, debo conciliar el sueño, llevo una semana de retraso en mi trabajo y algunas prácticas que entregar esta semana…cojo la libreta.

Creí que sería más difícil, pensar en libre ha conseguido que el diseño sea bueno y, sin más esfuerzo, lo termino sobre papel. Todo muy simple, muy centrado en el usuario (en su uso). Duermo.

12pm, necesito sentarme y poner prioridades, podría empezar dándome de alta con la oferta de alojamiento que me han regalado, podría empezar por hacerme una bitácora en Ruby en 15 minutos… pero debo pararme a pensar; tengo un proyecto entre manos con dos palabras claves: Drupal y PHP. Este proyecto es posible, está en marcha y debo terminarlo y hacerlo bien, pero… si de verdad es tan fácil qué puedo perder.

Con un poco de suerte en unos meses habré terminado mi módulo LMS para Drupal, lo liberaré, habré programado suficiente en PHP como para entender las señales; y con un poco de suerte “Mi aplicación ideal” también será una realidad.

Me quedan ciertas preguntas en el aire: ¿por qué la página de la conferencia está programada en PHP? ¿por qué se ve tan mal desde mi PDA y me cuesta encontrarlo todo? ¿por qué no pude encontrar las salas B1 y B2 el sábado por la mañana? ¿y por qué hubo tantas horas dedicadas a la misma introducción a Rails?

Pero también me quedan buenas sensaciones: JAVA apesta (lo sabía!), Ruby es Perl (lo intuía!), se pueden hacer cosas bonitas (La Coctelera mola!), Rails se puede vender (lo imaginaba!), pero, sobre todo y a pesar del índice 7/150, RoR también es para niñas.