Four UX haiku plus four others

In 2016, inspired by a friend, I got into poetry. I found joy in reducing UX ideas into haiku form. I'd love to see yours. 

Four UX-inspired haiku:

If you design things
But don't watch people use them,
You're missing something.

Don't ask your users
Which design works best for them:
Test and they'll show you.

Delight: when they say,
"Thank fucking god that just worked
How I hoped it would!"

Split testing is just
A tool for finding what works;
Not cheating people.

Plus four miscellaneous haiku

A snail's shell loops in
Neat Fibonacci spirals;
A helter shelter.

Dry grass pricks our soles,
Soft from shoes and cities that
Toughen only souls.

Dance with a person
And you can feel their soul in
The way they move you.

The grass looks greener;
And it is! Until you go
And trample on it.

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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.

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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. 

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Demolish your Creative Block with Graham Linehan and the Power of the SFD

"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?

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