Hey there little inner voice of doubt. Little Inner Voice Of Resistance. In this moment I recognise you. And I name you IVOR. Read More
I’ve read everything Neal Stephenson has written up to but not including Seveneves. Yes, I even read The Baroque Cycle cover to cover. In fact, there’s a part of Quicksilver that I constantly refer back to.
It's about the early days of the Royal Society, featuring such legendary characters as Hooke, Boyle and Newton. It’s the history part of his historical fiction, based on the actual annals of the Royal Society.
And it shows how very different real science was from how we were taught it in school. Read More
This happened to my team last month:
We wasted hours on a button. Choosing and tweaking a fiddly little icon, sweating over padding, exploring colours and gradients, starting to change nearby buttons too...
We felt like we were following a rich vein of "making everything better." In reality, we were spinning our wheels. It was pathological scope creep.
In the end, we scrapped the lot. It took me 10 minutes to make what we actually needed: a simple little grey button with some green text.
When this happens on a tiny scale, like this button, it's not such a big deal. But on a grander scale, like an entire website, it can be a devastating waste of time. Read More
Six of the best articles I've come across recently on design thinking, creativity and app design. Read More
"Writing a first draft is basically where you have to (for an annoying week or two) make contact with the incredibly mediocre person that you are."
- Graham Linehan, talking with Adam Buxton on Chain Reaction, broadcast February 2014 on Radio 4.
Graham Linehan (@glinner) is the creator of Father Ted and The IT Crowd. Anyone who's seen these knows he's anything but mediocre. So if he finds himself mediocre, what hope do the rest of us have? Read More
This is an experiment.
Here's the start of a self-talk story that's almost certainly happening inside a head near you now. If you can connect with this, add the next line in the comments.
Here we go... Read More
"Argh! It's obvious! Just use some basic common sense!"
Identify that feeling? I used to get frustrated with people who didn't display basic common sense.
Then I started user testing and it all changed... Read More
Does this sound familiar?
"Somewhere out there is something more interesting and more important than what you're doing right now. Go on and just check... maybe it's in your email... that blog... on Facebook..." Read More