Most Sunday mornings I spend a few minutes updating a list of phrases and beliefs. This is that list. The habit formed slowly over the years. Adding and subtracting. Some are original. Most are copied. Many are cheesy. I'm okay with that. Ready? ... Here we go:
We've come this far, let's not ruin it by thinking.
Assume positive intent.
First, acknowledge without judgement.
I just want to make things people love.
You can do it. It will work.
Treat others as they wish to be treated.
Have a bias towards action.
Trust but verify.
Switch mediums if you're stuck.
Half, not half assed.
Hope over fear.
Design is how it works.
Constant and never ending improvement.
Focus. Indigestion is worse than starvation.
Don't let analysis lead to paralysis.
How might we? Why?
Finish the important things.
It's okay to not know.
It's okay to say no.
Make work visible. Do good things, tell people about them.
Ask what problem we're trying to solve.
Write a list of problems. Write a list of solutions.
Grateful but frustrated.
New ideas don't have to solve problems.
If you don't ask, you don't get.
Strengths not weaknesses.
Self control, zeal, persistence, and the ability to motivate oneself.
Only you get to control how you feel.
What if instead of mindlessly scrolling we paused to be grateful for something.
People are the most important thing.
Ignore your crippling sense of mortality.
For now, that's the whole list!
Now, what else about me.
You're on my website afterall, aren't you?
Okay. You're probably wondering if I know what a paragraph is and why you haven't seen one for a while.
You're still reading though, aren't you? So who cares.
I wanted this to feel like one of those soap bottles densely covered in text.
So. Back to me.
I was born on December 18th, 1986 in Reno, NV.
I'm told the power went out.
Today I live in New York City.
More precisely, I live on Spring Street above two (2!) crêpe places and one pizza place. I email at david [at] nextbigsound.com. And twitter: @dodeca and instagram: @dodeca too.
We all know someone who’ll tell you that “no one reads on the Internet” in a flippant, off-handed kind of way. Don’t believe them! I’ve sat through dozens of user interviews that would wipe that smarty pants’ smirk off their face.
Daniel Burka on the importance of high quality writing in interface design.
If you’re designing a product, you are responsible for every word of copy the person using the product sees.
My favorite tip from the article
Write before you start “designing.” Words should never be filler.
And the difference between information and knowledge is that knowledge is about having a point of view based on what we know.Jeremy Zimmer (via parislemon)
We interrupt conversations for documentation all the time. […] Technology doesn’t just do things for us. It does things to us […] We don’t experience interruptions as disruptions anymore. But they make it hard to settle into serious conversations with ourselves and with other people because emotionally, we keep ourselves available to be taken away from everything.The Documented Life - NYTimes.com (via soxiam)
It’s not a coincidence that the download is facing the CD’s past struggles. A music format’s appeal doesn’t last forever.The Download Hits Middle Age (and It Shows) | Billboard
Like the things we intend to be, but never are quite that, the things we do, but never fall quite right, these systems are ever in motion. And the key is not to focus on what is, but to be a participant in the exploration of change. The what that is in motion. To be present through transformation. Imperfection is a constant. Look and listen for it, as it usually means you’re getting close to perfect.
Kevin Pledge, CEO of underwriting-technology consultancy Insight Decision Solutions told the Economist last year that he has forgone the use of supermarket loyalty-cards and begun paying cash for his burgers to avoid this very type of profiling.