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Noticing vs. Caring

A quick thought on feedback and reviewing designs — perhaps of particular use to junior designers whose work goes in front of a more senior designer or manager before stakeholders see it. Busy stakeholders and managers will often try to poke holes in a design or draft just to see if you’re confident in it. The particular…Continue readingNoticing vs. Caring

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People Like Free Things (and that’s okay)

I’m sad that Google Reader is going to be shut down. I really like Google Reader. I liked it even more before they stripped some of the social features out to sandbag it for Wave.  Judging by my Twitter timeline and blog subscriptions, I’m in the minority. The prevailing sentiment seems to be that being…Continue readingPeople Like Free Things (and that’s okay)

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You Need a Clipboard Manager

Do you write things on computers? Okay, good. So you have a clipboard manager, right? My clipboard manager makes me feel like a ninja. I’m sliding and striking and chopping and spinning words and text and URLs without any worry about losing my balance or missing my objective.  A clipboard manager is just what it…Continue readingYou Need a Clipboard Manager

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How to Not Lose Your Voice

If you have to give a presentation, lead a meeting, or just do a lot of talking as part of your job, losing your voice is not option. The best thing you can do for your voice is to speak only as loud as necessary, with plenty of breath support, at a comfortable pitch. Most…Continue readingHow to Not Lose Your Voice

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Smaller Paper

If you’re waiting around for a big idea, you might be waiting a long time. My big ideas are built out of small ideas. A big blank canvas? Scary. A new Powerpoint deck with no slides? Scary. Designer notebooks packed with crisp, white, empty pages? I’ve abandoned dozens. I try to capture my small ideas…Continue readingSmaller Paper

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A List of Stupid Questions

I’ve been in enough meetings and worked on enough projects to know that one well-timed and innocently-asked stupid question can be a powerful tool for reframing problems, redirecting conversation, and encouraging a decision-oriented mindset. On a particularly busy and brain-busting day a few weeks back, I noticed that I was asking the same type of…Continue readingA List of Stupid Questions

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Take a walk to save some time

I work on many independent projects outside of my 9-5. When I need to get a lot done on a weeknight, I make myself take a walk between logging off the VPN1 and settling back down to work again. I haven’t always done this. Not taking the time to reset has made for many stressful and…Continue readingTake a walk to save some time

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Keeping a Work Journal

I started a new job March 5 of this year. The new job also meant a new town and new apartment, filling a newly created position, and working on new projects with new people. On top of that, my start date was just two weeks before my first speaking gig at a major industry conference.…Continue readingKeeping a Work Journal