Scipio's Villa and the Product Over Time
Listen now (6 min) | I am resting at the country-house which once belonged to Scipio Africanus himself; and I write to you after doing reverence to his…
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It’s December 1st, 2019 - the first day of the last month of — let’s be real — an objectively tumultuous year. I wrote in Metric about “The Temporal Mi…
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It's Halloween 🦇 The Veil is Thin
Listen now (2 min) | Back in April I introduced Venerating the Grave UX (medium), which is about regularly “ritualizing” negative feedback. The idea is…
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Remember that the neuroticism endemic our design world — deadline-griping stakeholders, micromanagers, complaining users — and the problems that shake …
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Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; i…
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The Ol' College Try is the Goal
Listen now (2 min) | We idolize a project that is complete in design work. We don’t organize portfolios around failed experiments, incomplete products,…
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Adhering to design principles under pressure
Listen now (3 min) | When I meet with teams I’m sometimes asked to catch folks up on the progress of various feature requests in the system. I work pre…
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Fear of Missing Out
Listen now (4 min) | Design is a performance of smart people among smart people where it’s easy to conflate merit with your in/ability to solve the kin…
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This week I read The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity by Norman Doidge (Goodreads), …
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The adaptable will
Listen now (2 min) | One of the first a-ha moments many of us have who are interested in user experience design is that whole maxim that “you are not y…
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Klosterman's Razor
Listen now (1 min) | By recommendation on twitter I’m reading But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About The Present As If It Were The Past by Chuck Klost…
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What is a "Design Virtue"?
Listen now (3 min) | We might instead call a “design virtue” a design principle, the difference being that what we’re calling virtuous are principles t…
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