The Side of the Egg

Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg. Haruki Murakami

Plenty of Room Upfront!

Amateur bands ask you to demonstrate your excitement. “Hey come on! You guys can do better than that! Get up here! Let’s see some dancing” Pros? They share their excitement. Which eventually infects the audience, and is returned back to them.

UCD vs. Gestalt

I’m not so sure that users should always come first on design projects. Think about it like remodeling an old building. You could go up to all of the people who happen to be near the old building, or who have visited recently, and ask them why they came to the old building and what…

The Only Bad Idea in Brainstorming

Going through some old scans and found this card from when I was working on a talk about brainstorming. This still stands out to me as one of the more important aspects of a sucessful ideation meeting: Decide at the beginning what you’re going to do at the end. If you don’t constrain a brainstorming conversation…

Living Your Principles

[T]o truly be Good, you have to stand in that group of people and say, “No, I do not agree with your lie. I will not participate in your lie passively just in order to make this a happy party or to make everybody feel fine.” And I feel like a lot of times I…

Seven ways to start

1) Start with an invocation. My cheese monster will never be satisfied. 2) Start immediately. “Inspiration is perishable.” ← One of my favorite micro-essays in the book ReWork. I’ve learned that if I don’t act on an exciting idea right away, I probably never will. 3) Start with a class. I’ve gotten a start on lots…

A Different Kind of Freedom

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…