Finding a true problem space

August 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

‘There are people who are already making reusable pads and doing great stuff. There was no use for us to make a better pad,’ Iwai says. Their approach was to create an affordable, easily transportable kit that would help girls wash and dry their reusable pads in relative privacy.

An Innovative Solution To Menstrual Hygiene In Developing Countries

Routines

August 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

The most important point, perhaps, is a meta one: A reminder that no specific routine guarantees success, and the only thing that matters is having a routine and the persistence implicit to one. Showing up day in and day out, without fail, is the surest way to achieve lasting success.

Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized

At its best, a …

September 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

At its best, a pattern can distill the wisdom of the past, reveal the potential of the future, and link with other patterns to form a language to guide a process. Patterns help us consider the essential elements as we undertake the creation of something new or the evaluation of something old. Designing with patterns does not lead to a preconceived result but to an infinite variety of solutions based on specific conditions.

Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein and Barbara Winslow, Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design

Over a career o…

September 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Over a career of working on housing and homes, architects develop an instinctive sense for the basic pattern, the underlying order that defines a home; and each project, though it requires the patient work of new discovery, is also a process of applying this underlying pattern, manifesting it anew, learning another of its infinite forms.

Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein and Barbara Winslow, Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design

Rockstars don’t…

March 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Rockstars don’t share — neither their ideas nor the spotlight. Team cohesion breaks down when you add individuals with large egos who are determined to stand out and be stars. When collaboration breaks down, you lose the environment you need to create the shared understanding that allows you to move forward effectively.

Jeff Gothelf, Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

Hell yes.

 

Objects mediate…

March 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Objects mediate our relationships. When we are relating to the world, we call the object a tool. When we are relating with the unseen, you may call it a religious object. When we are relating to other people, we may call it the bottle of wine we bring to the party. The movement of an object from me to you, or from my group to your group, says something about the kind of relationship we have or want to have.

Encounter Cooperation (an interview with John Terrell, Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology at Chicago’s Field Museum)

Don’t worry about the size of your headline font in week one.

February 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

Don’t worry about the size of your headline font in week one. You don’t need to nail that perfect shade of green in week two. You don’t need to move that “submit” button three pixels to the right in week three. Just get the stuff on the page for now. Then use it. Make sure it works. Later on you can adjust and perfect it.

From “Getting Real: Ignore Details Early On,” by 37 Signals. The whole essay is awesome.

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