Going through some old scans and found this card from when I was working on a talk about brainstorming. It still stands out to me as one of the more important aspects of a sucessful ideation meeting: deciding at the beginning what you're going to do at the end.
One of my favorite quotes of late, on freedom:
Like most Americans, I shrink from the thought of subservience of mind or person. I too cherish the word freedom. But I want to be free to be painstaking if I want to, to be responsible, to be involved; to be free to exercise whatever intellect I may have, and I consider both discipline and craft indispensable to freedom.
- Ben Shahn, The Shape of Content
I appreciate the freedom to be exactly as disciplined and unadventurous as I like without feeling the need to apologize for it. In particular, I find myself valuing the freedom to be serious, studious, and self-reliant more with each passing day. There is a kind of oppression contained in the endless cultural cajoling to live a little and indulge oneself that I've had quite enough of, thank you very much.
The You Are Not So Smart podcast by David McRaney is in my regular rotation. It's a thoughtfully produced show about forms of self-delusion and other interesting psychological phenomena. Many of the concepts covered are things I've encountered in the wild while working on design projects or reading design articles but never learned about directly.
His recent episode on the Halo Effect would be a great place for a new listener to jump in. It's a good bit longer than usual episodes as he includes several additional excerpts from his books on related subjects. UX designers in particular might enjoy the discussion of how heuristics can fail us and create errors in thinking:
That’s what a heuristic is, a simple rule that in the currency of mental processes trades accuracy for speed. A heuristic can lead to a bias, and your biases, though often correct and harmless, can be dangerous when in error, resulting in a wide variety of bad outcomes from foggy morning car crashes to unconscious prejudices in job interviews.
Federico Viticci has a nice round-up of apps he relied on in 2014 broken into thoughtful categories. I'm trying to rely less on apps and more on pen-and-paper lists and notes, but I still enjoy trying out new tools to lubricate the digital workflows I do require.
I added these to my iTunes wish list to check out later: