Random (and hopefully useful) thoughts at the intersection of Design, IT, Psychology, and Business.

Cultivating self-awareness

Good EQ starts with good self awareness. Starting an inner-state diary is a useful way to practice self-awareness. Set the stopwatch or timer on your phone; say once every 2-4 hours. When the timer goes off, stop what you are doing for a moment and check in with your...

Try on their shoes

Empathy - the ability to genuinely understand what a situation is like from another person's perspective is a powerful tool for building relationships and de-escalating conflict and strong emotions. When we understand what it is like to walk in someone's shoes, we...

Visual reminders of the big picture

When we work on projects lasting more than a week or so, we can become increasingly caught up in the minutiae, and lose sight of the big picture. When we lose sight of the big picture, the details can end up driving the project; a squeaky wheel can derail...

See you in 2015

In a couple of weeks, 2014 will be the past. Whether 2014 was good, bad or indifferent there is nothing more we can do about it. 🙂 How do we want 2015 to be? What change can we choose to make? What sort of people can we be? See you...

Circular menu done Material Design right

The Google Material Design time picker is a beautiful piece of work. You tap on the hour or minute component of the time to initiate setting the hour or minutes. The concentric display of 12-hr and 24-hr clocks is elegant and visually compelling. Especially if you...

UX designer or programmer?

I recently came upon the following two rather odd job postings online. They start off saying they are looking for UX (User eXperience) designers, but the roles and responsibilities seem to indicate they are actually looking for programmers. Now we know that a lot of...

What I do Wordle 2014

I have just updated my website, LinkedIn profile and other marketing material. Here's a Wordle cloud of the latest iteration of what I do. What do you think? Wordle can be a useful way to check whether a piece of writing hits the appropriate keywords/themes. And the...

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