I started January 1st like I have the past few New Year’s days. I listened to David Foster Wallace’s commencement address, This is Water. You can get it in article form, book form or on YouTube (blogged about it last year and in 2015). I love its message. Pay attention, Be aware. Support others. Every day. Beyond that annual […]
Lately, I’ve wanted to be more intentional instead of more productive. Why check off another item on the to-do list when you can focus on completing the right task? Getting there means improving habits, and creating the space for the right things. The biggest opportunity for making that space sits in my pocket or next […]
Seth Godin has written a lot of classic posts, but this one is my favorite. He talks about how time and decisions become interlinked. He says: But…That’s our work.We don’t make stuff as much as we make decisions. Seth Godin As a leader, I do this every day. I used to produce code, but now […]
In this Ted Talk, Doug Dietz talks about transforming the experience of children going through a MRI machine. I love this talk because it truly looks at the whole experience, not just the main tool that provides the majority of that experience. One piece will always be one piece, until it’s connected and made whole.
This one turned out to be my favorite meetup so far. Why? Because of the way the team worked together to be better at designing together. Here are a few photos from a June, 2018 meetup in Warsaw, Poland.
Leading a team means you’re context switching all the time. One minute, you’re doing some planning for a project. Next, you’re chatting about someone’s career goals. Later, you might be scanning your roadmap, thinking over what needs to be tweaked. With all that swirling around each day, it’s difficult to keep the important messages in […]
I recently wrote a post over on Automattic’s design blog about how I believe the role of the themer will evolve, thanks to Gutenberg and more. Give it a read!
I heard a quote recently on an NPR podcast featuring James Dyson, the inventor known for his vacuum cleaners, that I love: “…And I do believe, though, that you create your own luck. Because luck is around. You know, I’m a – I did long-distance running at school. And you only succeed by doing a […]
Clark Scheffy wrote an insightful post about how he evolved into a better leader. My favorite quote: This is about what I learned the hard way: That great creative leadership is about letting go of that nagging mental image you have of what you are supposed to do. It’s about believing in others, and focusing […]