How to Avoid Communication Pitfalls as a Remote Worker

Limnu Remote Team Communications

Communication. It’s tricky. Sometimes what you mean and what you say come out in two totally different ways. Adding to this sticky wicket is technology, distance as a remote worker, and the many opportunities it brings to mangle your communication.

Sometimes you’re in a hurry, sometimes your mood can color the tone of what you’re reading, and sometimes you just don’t fully understand what’s communicated because there’s just something …missing.

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WebGL, blending, and why you're probably doing it wrong.

Premultiplied alpha.

If you’ve dabbled in graphics at all, you’ve probably heard this term. You might even know what is, but do you know when to use it and when not to? Are you using it by default? Do you know why browsers default to premultiplied blending of WebGL canvases? Do you know why artists prefer to work with images that are not premultiplied?

Eric Haines wrote a great piece recently about why graphics programmers need to understand premultiplied alpha to avoid the all too common fringing problems. If you read that and already believe him or have already switched, you can skip my two cents. If you haven’t read it, I’ll wait.

What we're going to talk about here is a different reason why understanding premultiplied alpha is important, and why premultiplied alpha is more important with WebGL than it was with OpenGL.

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Distributed Corporate Culture - How to Build a Positive Team

Limnu for Distributed Teams

Last time, I talked about how perks are different than culture. Free donuts, plus an in-office gym to work off those donuts are perks, not culture.

That said, perks can help grow your company culture; that's part of the reason they're there. They also encourage a sense of team. But when your team is spread out across multiple cities, or time zones, or continents, those kind of perks don't work. So what can you do?

Here's a list of 5 ways to promote corporate culture on distributed teams:

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The Secret to Productive Remote UX Work: The Process and Tools

Remote UX Work at Limnu

It’s Teams week at Limnu and we’re celebrating distributed teams and remote workers. In my last article, 11 Things to Know When You Are New to Remote Work, I mentioned the explosion of online collaboration tools and how that makes this such a great time to be a remote worker.

I’m in charge of User Interface and User Experience (UI/UX) design at Limnu, and while I occasionally work onsite with most of the team, I also do a lot of remote work. Limnu is one of a handful of my UI/UX clients, some of them are in Salt Lake City, but others are in LA and NYC.

Here are the process and tools I use, as a remote worker, to collaborate with clients on a small UX project.

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Distributed Corporate Culture - What it is, What it isn't

Company Video Chat

The business world dedicates an incredible amount of effort to creating environments that are meant to encourage creativity and innovation.

One company has a game room, another has a Michelin-rated lunchroom. A design firm has a weekly company barbecue where the employees are expected to cook. Even two guys in a garage startup take turns stocking the mini-fridge with beer.

Perks vs. Culture

It's easy to mistake perks like that for the company's culture. Perks make people happy in the short-term, but culture is how people in a company interact with each other over the long-term. It’s the environment you do your job in every hour of every day. I like to think of the culture of a company as everything that isn't in the employee handbook.

So, what’s not in the handbook?

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11 Things to Know When You Are New to Remote Work

Limnu for Remote Working

Why are we at Costco on a Saturday? Don’t we work from home? Can’t we do this on a Tuesday?

I’ve been a remote worker for nine years now. I’m fortunate to have a consulting business that allows me to work with teams all over the country without leaving my house.

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Limnu For Teams is Here!

Brainstorm with your group, even when you aren’t in the same place.

We are thrilled to release Limnu for Teams! Now you can easily manage your whiteboards across your entire team. Team accounts get you:

  • 7 day free trial
  • Unlimited boards & collaborators
  • Board admin controls
  • Team admin controls
  • Security controls
  • Team-wide accessible boards
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7 Tips and Tricks for Brainstorming With a Remote Team

Sometimes you need a free flowing river of ideas to solve a problem or kick off a project. 

Time to bring in the team!

But what if your team is spread out across a city, the country, or even the world? How do you brainstorm together when you’re working in different buildings, different cities, or even different countries?

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Stylus Reviews, part 2

Welcome back to our series of blog posts reviewing drawing styluses. If you're catching up, the tl;dr is that we test a lot of styluses and devices while creating the collaborative whiteboard software that is Limnu, and we thought we'd tell you what we've learned about those styluses. You can find the previous post here.

Rechargeable Apex

I'll start with the Rechargeable Apex by Lynktec.

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Stylus Reviews, part 1

A while back I wrote a post about what I thought about drawing with a mouse or on a trackpad (spoiler: it's like drawing with a bar of soap). Since then, we've received a lot of requests from our users to what styluses we like, especially for a collaborative online whiteboard like Limnu.

Since we regularly test Limnu on a whole pile of devices with a wide variety of styluses, I thought I'd start a series of blog posts talking about what we've learned. This first post covers two styluses.

Pinpoint Precision Stylus

The first is the Pinpoint Precision Stylus (3rd Gen), made by The Joy Factory.

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