Simple is terrific but simplistic is not. Don’t lose important complexity. Complexity gives our lives and interfaces texture. People don’t want dumbed down interfaces. They want uncomplicated experiences. Josh Clarke via Luke W
I get the majority of my energy from being around people, but I also need a fair bit of alone time. Tonight D is out and I’m having a me time night.
A lot has happened in the last 10 years. Multiple devices and smartphones in particular have exploded and with that how we use the web and what we expect from it has changed.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present Jim Rohn
Just under a year ago I started teaching classes over at General Assembly in London. Since then I’ve taught 15 classes with them, here and in New York. Getting involved with General Assembly is one of the best things I’ve done.
This post has been brewing for a long time. It’s about a topic I’m increasingly interested in and convinced will be the future of who we design for.
For quite a while I’ve been wanting to refresh the theme of my site into something that was a bit more fit for purpose. After a few frustrations but even more ‘Aha’ moments and ‘Hooray’s, I’ve finally got something to share.
Life is a mountain range. From every peak the view is different. But you can't get to another peak if you always want to go up. You have to be willing to go down or otherwise you get stuck on one peak and you only see one view Ping Fu in What I've learnt
It’s a little more than a month since I last posted anything here and finished the day to day project. January has mostly been spent in the comfort of home working on the main product for byflock and it’s been absolutely wonderful.
...it was an extremely useful exercise. It made us think through issues we would have otherwise glossed over, and helped us stay focused when shiny new things could have led us astray. As Eisenhower famously said: “plans are nothing, but planning is indispensable.” Chris Dixon in Plans are nothing, but planning is indispensable
We’ve reached day 366 of 2012 and this is the last of my daily posts. It’s been one good year and I can’t believe how quickly it has gone. From not knowing where this year would take me I now know.
It’s 52 weeks later and this is my last weekly summary. These summaries were intended to be the round up of a busy week where lots of things had happened, and at times they were. But at times there was less to say.
At the start of this year when I was writing these posts I questioned the time commitment I had signed myself up for. At that point I didn’t know of the increase in teaching and speaking commitments, or that the year would involve less actual progress on byflock and our products.
Contrary to what you might think from this blog I don’t like to talk very much about what I’m doing, unless I’m actually doing something. Normally I keep my plans fairly quiet until enough is in place and happening. Talking is easy. Doing, that is the bit that matters.
If you don’t design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance. Nigel Marsh in his How to make work-life balance workTED talk
At the end of yesterday’s post I linked to the page on my site that talks about what these 2012 Day by day posts are about. It stings a little in my heart doing so because I haven’t achieved what I set out to do. Things have turned out differently from what I thought.
This year of day to day posts are coming to an end and as some of you may have noticed I haven’t been as timely at posting on the actual day. Partly due to a feeling of having less things to say but also that the daily commitment at times is hard to stick to.
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