Three years ago I left Dare where I was an Experience Lead and began freelancing. I had some of my best years with Dare but I’d reached a point in my career where I wanted something different and that’s what the last three years have given me.
Earlier this week I met with a small company to discuss UX training for their whole team. The founder expressed how he didn’t want UX to be owned and so to speak “carried out” by one person only, but that UX should be something everyone was involved in and a way of thinking.
The first time I flew was in 1989 when I was 10 years old. My dad had been awarded a literary prize for one of his books and together with my oldest younger brother, we flew from Malmö to Stockholm where dad was due to accept the prize from Ingvar Carlsson, the then prime minister
"Here's what our product can do" and "Here's what you can do with our product" sound similar, but they are completely different approaches. Jason Fried
In 2014 I’m combining my love for fika, cafes and UX into practical, hands on learning sessions in inspiring places.
Over the soon to be three years I’ve been freelancing I’ve come across places where UX and collaborative working has been an integral part of the process and value that a company provides, and other places where it’s still been in its early infancy.
The week after we got back from New York in the middle of October I began a period that was full to the brim with really exciting things. Over three weeks I ran 5 workshops and did 1 talk.
Last Thursday mum and I had made a trip to Österlen. We were walking along the beach in Haväng when mum suddenly exclaimed “That dog just collapsed”. I looked ahead and saw three people huddled over a dog. It was lying on its right side and it didn’t move.
It’s 8am on Sunday morning and I’m lying in bed going through my Twitter and LinkedIn feed. An update catches my eye. I click the link and then go “Argh!”.
Looking back at my years doing what I do there is one thing that stands out more than anything in terms of what I’ve found the most valuable and rewarding. And that’s having a good mentor to learn from and bounce work with.
Usability is a moving target. A user’s understanding of your application improves over time and your application’s interface should adapt to your user. - Layervault in Progressive Reduction
This morning I woke up, as you do, put on my running clothes and then took them off again. I really wasn’t in the mood and felt low on water and energy after a hot night in the bedroom. Temperatures hit 33 degrees outside yesterday.
The second time I did my ‘Designing for everyone, anywhere, at any time’ talk I told the story of project flat and why one size fits all just ends up with a fair few misfits.
As I’m writing this I’m sat on a flight between Copenhagen and London, looking out over the clouds. I’ve just finished listening to Niklas Zennström’s ‘sommarprat‘ from earlier today, and I’m filled with optimism. The future is ours to make, shape and form, as long as we dare give it a proper go.
Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen in Anthem
Last year I wrote about how I wanted to have a summer where I was in control of my time. Where I was able to mix holiday with working on byflock and my consulting business. As of today I’m doing just that.
This afternoon there was a tweet in my Twitter stream that made me particularly happy. Not surprisingly it had to do with working in a café and how it can boost creativity.
My siblings and I grew up in a household filled with the smells of freshly baked bread, cakes, pies and cookies and I was always close to the bowl, stealing a teaspoon or two of dough, and licking it clean afterwards.
The other week I tweeted a link to a post titled ‘Why employees shouldn’t have hours‘ and how I believe and agree with every single bit of it. As suspected it got a few comments so here is my slightly longer than 140 characters view on the topic.
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