After a day this week teaching design students, and explaining again to a room of people ‘what I do’, this is a fantastic video to watch. And for me, to learn from. Lou is an unparalleled communicator for user first design.
Another recurring quote, and again Quote Investigator does the best job of giving it some evidence and background. This one is ringing in my head at the moment for the number of meetings, decks, calls, products, platforms and briefs that I see that suffer from not doing it.
Heard this quote so many times I had to research it. Not totally pleased with the likely origin outlined here, but I am becoming an increasingly big fan of Quote investigator. Such a nicely researched little site.
Reminded today of this particular yucky aftereffect of Enron. That their enormous trove of company emails have been used to train language AI’s, with obvious (surely) issues:
A great resource with regards to accessibility, from individuals that are way more qualified than me. But I can’t get over the fact they decided to put it into a PDF.
An enormous and thorough deep dive into building communities of practice by Scott Colfer, found via good folk at work.
Originating in the 1950s, ending up in the The Observer in the 1960s, Cookstrips were an amazing foretelling of Instagram/TikTok recipes. Would love a book of these.
A nice piece from Al Monk, which suggests more to me that he’s getting older and more cynical, than that we are actually facing a full scale innovation apocalypse. I really liked this observation in particular, about the new MacBook Pro…
…that treats its user with such disdain that it’s foregone the decades old convention for memorable and efficient keyboard shortcuts and replaced them with a tiny screen where you peck at primary functions with your fingers.
I too am not overly impressed by what I’ve seen of the new MacBook Pro, but hadn’t considered that the new little touch strip was in effect competing with the use of keyboard shortcuts which I’ve always been a fan of. In this respect it’s like the strip is a step back in full UI potential.
A fairly succinct piece on the reality (and necessity / guarantee) of making mistakes on the path toward something great. Also a valuable spin on our perception of Isaac Newton: Classically thought of as a pure scientific genius, but who was also into alchemy and theology.
In Newton’s day the three problems seemed roughly equally promising. No one knew yet what the payoff would be for inventing what we now call physics; if they had, more people would have been working on it. And alchemy and theology were still then in the category Marc Andreessen would describe as “huge, if true.”
It’s as if we need to believe that smart people are infallible and were single minded toward the truths or successes that they become recognised for. There’s something fragile feeling about knowing the mistakes of the people we look up to. Maybe stemming from the feeling we imbue by default in our parents when we are young. Imagine how scary it would be for a young child to really understand that their parents are flawed and making it up as they go along. Better that we all trust that the people in charge, and that we celebrate for their genius, are truly special, rather than lucky or flukes of circumstance.
More on the “scandalous” story about the original kilogram losing weight and needing the BIPM to find a better definition that an old physical lump of metal. Spoiler: It’s nearly been settled that a new definition will be agreed in terms of the Planck constant and two silicon-28 spheres…