Mark Bult Design: San Francisco, CA, Established 1988

Web design and development for small and large business, e-commerce, b2b, b2c, SAAS, and community websites. User experience design and usability testing.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

This is why I’m never going to work at Google

In the past year, a few people who knew I would be on the lookout for a new full-time position have asked me if I’d consider working at Google. These two articles provide some insights as to why Mark Bult + Google would probably never mix.

Doug Bowman, a highly experienced designer who I respect a lot, has left Google to join Twitter. Of his departure, he writes:
“...Without a person at (or near) the helm who thoroughly understands the principles and elements of Design, a company eventually runs out of reasons for design decisions. With every new design decision, critics cry foul. Without conviction, doubt creeps in. Instincts fail. ‘Is this the right move?’ When a company is filled with engineers, it turns to engineering to solve problems. Reduce each decision to a simple logic problem. Remove all subjectivity and just look at the data. Data in your favor? Ok, launch it. Data shows negative effects? Back to the drawing board. And that data eventually becomes a crutch for every decision, paralyzing the company and preventing it from making any daring design decisions.”
Read the rest...
This New York Times profile on Google’s VP for search products and user experience, Marissa Mayer, gives several examples of why I’d find the company a challenging environment (and I don’t mean “challenging” in the positive sense, I mean it as a diplomatic way of saying “constant pain-in-the-ass”). Not to mention the fact that I would never get so much as an interview at Google, since I didn’t even take the SAT:
“At a recent personnel meeting, she homes in on grade-point averages and SAT scores to narrow a list of candidates, many having graduated from Ivy League schools, whom she wanted to meet as part of a program to foster in-house talent. In essence, math is used to solve a human problem: How do you predict whether an employee has the potential for success?”
Read the rest...
Don’t get me wrong, I use Google products a ton. Gmail is open all the time on my computer and Google Search is a daily routine, I use Google Maps a lot and Blogger runs this very blog you’re reading (at least as of this date). I’m a big fan of the Goog. I just don’t think I could ever work there.

Over the past few weeks of interviews and further reflection on what I want my next job to look like, I’ve become more convinced that I should concentrate on applying at smaller companies with less bureaucracy and institutional cruft. More on that later.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Updated a couple posts

I updated these two popular posts yesterday. Just thought I’d drop a reminder here in case anyone’s on the lookout for these sort of resources.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Job boards for designers and web developers

List updated May 12, 2009

I’ve been collecting this list for a while, in anticipation of having to use it one day. That day’s fast approaching here, so I thought I’d publish the list.

Here are all the job search sites I know of that cater primarily to the creative and design communities, plus the tech / online media sector. There are a few other job-related services thrown in too, toward the bottom of the list.

As an aside: I was rather disappointed that the hiring reps at a former employer (in the tech industry), were not aware of most of these. When I was looking to hire seasoned design talent and was getting utter shite filtered to me from HR, I had to give them most of these so I’d have some decent portfolios coming in.

Coroflot
http://www.coroflot.com/

37Signals Job Board
http://jobs.37signals.com/

Authentic Jobs
http://www.authenticjobs.com/

Crunchboard
http://www.crunchboard.com/

Krop
http://www.krop.com/

Fresh Web Jobs
http://www.freshwebjobs.com/

Just Creative Jobs
http://www.justcreativejobs.com/

Metafilter Job Board
http://jobs.metafilter.com/

Slashdot Job Board
http://jobs.slashdot.org/

AIGA Design Jobs
http://www.aigadesignjobs.org/public/default.asp
From the AIGA / American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Elance
http://www.elance.com/

AlleyInsider Job Board
http://jobs.alleyinsider.com/

ArtyPapers Jobpile
http://artypapers.com/jobpile/

Boxes And Arrows Job Board
http://jobs.boxesandarrows.com/jobs

CSS Beauty Job Board
http://cssbeauty.com/jobs/

Hire an Illustrator
http://hireanillustrator.com/v2/

Djobber
http://djobber.com/
[thanks to commenter mick]

Web Developer Jobs UK
http://www.webdeveloper-jobs.co.uk/
[thanks to commenter matthew]

Job Thread
Offers posting your job openings to multiple sites.
http://www.jobthread.com/

JobCoin
Publishers can get paid for hosting job boards.
http://www.jobcoin.com/

Emurse
Resume hosting service.
http://www.emurse.com/

Jobamatic
Job board implementation for online publishers.
http://www.jobamatic.com/a/jbb-static/home

JobBazaar
Hosting service.
http://www.jobazaar.com/

OpenSourceStaffing NEW
http://www.open-source-staffing.com/
Developers and programmers: Apache, Drupal, Joomla, LAMP, Linux, MySQL, Perl, PHP, Plone, Python, Ruby on Rails, Samba, and iPhone apps, among other technologies.

TwitterJobSearch NEW
http://www.twitterjobsearch.com

Style Apple Job Board NEW
http://www.styleapple.com/public/jobboard.php

Ars Technica Jobs NEW
http://jobs.arstechnica.com/

Sitepoint’s “Looking To Hire” Marketplace NEW
http://marketplace.sitepoint.com/categories/looking-to-hire
Looks like mostly freelance and junior- to mid-level positions. No surprising, since that seems appropriate to Sitepoint’s target audience.

Read/WriteWeb Job Board NEW
http://jobs.readwriteweb.com/
Mostly developer/programmer listings.

Ajaxian Job Board NEW
http://jobs.ajaxian.com/

SearchWebJobs NEW
http://www.searchwebjobs.com/

Freelanceswitch NEW
http://jobs.freelanceswitch.com/
Mostly freelance jobs, obviously.

Smashing Magazine Job Board NEW
http://jobs.smashingmagazine.com/

CreativeHeads.net NEW
http://www.creativeheads.net/search.aspx

CreativePool UK NEW
http://www.creativepool.co.uk/employee/jobboard.php
For UK jobs.

devBistro Tech Jobs NEW
http://www.devbistro.com/jobs
Lots of IT and developer listings, sometimes a few design postings.

Evolt Job Board NEW
http://evolt.org/jobs
Not a very easy to use site.

indeed NEW
http://www.indeed.com/q-web-design-jobs.html
Aggregated search results for jobs from Monster, 37Signals, Dice, and many others.

Think Vitamin Job Board NEW
http://thinkvitamin.com/jobs/?job=69

jobs.wordpress.net NEW
http://jobs.wordpress.net/
Just WordPress-related jobs.

Web Designer Wall job board NEW
http://jobs.webdesignerwall.com/

DesignM.ag job board NEW
http://designm.ag/jobs/

Wired job board NEW
http://jobs.wired.com/

Mashable job board NEW
http://mashable.jobamatic.com/a/jbb/find-jobs

Programmer Meet Designer NEW
http://programmermeetdesigner.com/
Looks like mostly freelance gigs.

Behance Network job list NEW
http://www.behance.net/Job_List

Design:Related job board NEW
http://www.designrelated.com/jobs

Creative Hotlist NEW
http://www.creativehotlist.com/

FWA (Favorite Website Awards) job list NEW
http://www.thefwa.com/?app=aboutus&id=30
Unfortunately, since the site is all Flash-based, in-page keyword searching via your browser is impossible.

The Designers Network job board NEW
http://jobs.designers-network.com/
International jobs.

Web Freelancers NEW
http://www.webfreelancers.com.au/
For Australia and New Zealand.

Web Directions Jobs NEW
http://jobs.webdirections.org/
For Australia and New Zealand.



Agencies

Creative Circle
http://creativecircle.com
[thanks to Kim and Velma]

Accolo
http://www.accolo.com

24seven
http://24seveninc.com

Filter Talent
http://www.filtertalent.com

Creative Group
http://www.creativegroup.com

Aquent
http://www.aquent.com

Artisan Creative NEW
http://www.artisancreative.com
They work mainly with creatives.

Emerging Blue NEW
http://www.emergingblue.com

The Talent Factor NEW
http://www.thetalentfactor.net
Agency with a focus on technology companies.



Suggestions?
Know of any I missed? Leave a comment and I’ll update the list.

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