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

Five Gamification Techniques for Business

Gamification can take your application or process to the next level of productivity and quality. It is however, not a magic cure, nor does it replace empathic user engagement and good solid design. It needs to help; not alienate or hinder. Read Five Gamification...

Chaos or order?

Chaos and order are sides of the same coin. Too much chaos and nothing thrives. Resilience goes up though. As does stress and the constant reinvention of the wheel. Too much order and innovation is stifled. Boredom and complacency sets in. Thinking atrophies. The...

Commitment and happiness

Science says we need commitment to be happy. Death is needed for happiness. Life and death are two permanent states we are committed to. There are no other options. Choice can make us unhappy. Committing to "permanent" course of action can make us happier than...

Weeding the lawn

How easily we forget the grand and good stuff we have; and focus instead on the small imperfections or setbacks. We train ourselves to notice the weeds growing amongst the lawn. So much so that we no longer see the lawn itself; no matter that the lawn is actually...

The discipline of simple

In the early stages of approaching a new problem, I inevitably find myself caught up in the enthusiasm and coming up with a solution or approach that is increasingly complex. Resisting this tendency to complexification is hard. Especially in fields like visual design...

Apple emojis missing the point

Image via Gizmodo.com Apple's new racially diverse emoji choices may be well intentioned but they completely missed the point of emojis. Emojis are those little icons we use in text-based messaging to convey emotions such as the smiley face :), sad face :(, or...

Wilful ignorance about the Internet

Why is the government so bent on stuffing up the internet? They don't understand the technology and: a. Refuse to learn or consult experts. b. Don't care about wanting to learning. c. Lack the cognitive ability or have some learning difficulty. And/or do they: d. Have...

Why I keep Opera around

I live primarily in Chrome now, even more so since I moved away from using Outlook mail and calendar. So why do I have the Opera browser installed on my phone still? Because when I double-tap on a web page, I get a zoomed-in legible view with the text automatically...

Another pointless and wasteful design?

I came across this ANDREA Air Purifier on inhabitat and couldn't quite get my head around it. See the video making some astonishing claims here. How can sticking a plant inside an albeit nice and futuristic pot with an electric fan and light boost the positive effect...

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