Up until about 3 years ago I wasn’t a regular blogger.
I’ve come to realise that I was afraid to share anything that might sound too much like a personal opinion, especially if that meant people disagreeing with me.
As I’ve published more, my confidence to write and share what I really think has increased. Continue reading…
It’s important to work hard to find the right conversations.
When I worked at the digital agency Tincan we were a small setup. This meant that most of us were account managers as well as designers, researchers, and front-end developers.
Spending time with clients was my favourite part of the job. Continue reading…
The problem with over testing, experience, and intuition
Designing something is about making a choice. Right or wrong.
There’s a common situation where teams become afraid to make decisions and they become paralysed by over-testing.
Barry Briggs shared his thoughts with me about this on Twitter earlier this year:
[I’ve] seen design teams paralysed by over-testing.
Communicating design to your colleagues is an important skill. I was reminded of this last week when visiting one of our offices and seeing Helena’s latest posters in all sorts of good places.
The trick is to focus your efforts anywhere that people stand around with nothing better to do than to read what’s in front of them. Continue reading…
Yesterday, I shared some quotes from Inventing the future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Alex Williams and Nick Snick.
Here are some more thoughts about imaging the future.
The alternative as a utopian future
Science fiction has a good record of predicting the future. Continue reading…
One of the most thought provoking books I’ve read this year was Inventing the future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work Book. In the book Alex Williams and Nick Snick talk about to imagining utopian futures:
[Utopias] demand that the future be realised, they form an impossible but necessary object of desire, and they give us a language of hope and aspiration for a better world.
Tonight I’m taking the shortest route home. It’s my choice.
I’m on a very rural train line that cuts right across the country from Leeds to Morecambe (I’m parked at Carnforth – a station little used but famous for the film Brief Encounter). Continue reading…
After my last blog post, Sharon shared a picture in response to the example that an escalator never breaks.
Clearly this escalator is broken and it hasn’t become stairs.
It made me think about interventions.
The act of intervention
Sometimes we’re too quick to intervene. Continue reading…
Finding your appetite for destruction
As I talked about in my last blog post, design critique should be a way that teams create a culture of healthy feedback. I explained that we critique things by trying to break them together:
Sometimes you have
to break things or pull them apart to make them work better.
A very simple blog post today.
Critique is an important part of any design process. This is something I’ve been thinking about this week:
Critique doesn’t mean you need to criticise something. It’s a shame the words are so similar.
Here’s the difference. Continue reading…