Recently I was hit by the great tech layoff wave of 2023 and have been looking for my next adventure. As part of that, I’ve been working on a new portfolio. This process reminded me of some advice I gave my former direct reports while I was head of design at Amperity: You should feel… Continue reading Hate Your Old Design Work and Love Yourself
Someone on FreshChalk asked about meal delivery services, and I wrote up a long enough answer that I thought I’d re-post it here. For context, my partner and I both work a lot, and I’ve been struggling with a back injury. So about 3xs a week we use a meal delivery service. It’s cheaper and… Continue reading Meal Delivery Services Comparison
Recently I’ve been leading the product design team at Amperity in a deep-dive into data visualizations: which ones to use for different use cases, and how to simplify them to highlight a narrative. We’re going through a great book I’d recommend by data viz expert Cole Knaflic called “Storytelling with Data”. Years back I took… Continue reading Pie Charts are the Worst
2020 has been a crazy year in so many ways, both good and bad. More on that later (maybe). One thing I’ve done to keep me occupied and sane during COVID-19 lockdown has been to exercise. Last week, my sister and I decided to commit to running a half marathon in December. This gives me… Continue reading The Last 2020 Push: a Half Marathon
An anecdote: Having lost sound in one ear of my earbuds, I dived into my stash of electronic odds-and-ends and snatched a new pair of cheap wired earbuds. I had, of course, Zoom meetings to attend. A while back, I started picking up cheap earbuds here and there ad-hoc, having only one purchasing criteria: they… Continue reading Weighing Defaults vs Discoverability
I was honored to be asked to be a keynote speaker for the XD Leadership Alliance, a group I’d highly recommend to leaders in Product and Design. Thanks to the XD Leadership Alliance’s great team, here is the summery and full recording of the 50-minute talk I gave at the Columbia Tower Club on May 30, 2019:
In a world where design is often an afterthought, what does starting a startup with a user-centered design from day one look like? How do you make design a part of your company values? Together, we’ll contrast the process of adding design in later versus starting out with a designer-founder at the helm, approaches that drive startup design ROI, tactics for achieving design emphasis with tight startup resources, and pitfalls to watch out for. In addition, we’ll touch on ways to permeate company culture with design principles, whether your company was started with a design-focus or you find yourself adding it in years later.
Here’s one local’s perspective on how to do Seattle without doing the cliché tourist trip(e). I will update this as I think of more to add. HOT: Coming in mid-July through mid-September. Nowhere is better this time of year. NOT: Coming in June and packing shorts. HA! Welcome to what we like to call “June-uary”… Continue reading It looks like you’re trying to visit Seattle…
The single greatest enemy we have as product designers is our own ego, our own hubris. We walk into a situation with this idea that we know what is going on. Throw that right out the window. Users will constantly surprise you if you listen, and along the way they will make you a better… Continue reading Becoming a Humble Designer in 3 Easy Steps
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.