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

Ill-differentiated triggers

This was on the wall next to a secure door. To exit, I had to touch one of these buttons. But which one? With such ambiguity, I wonder if they get lots of false alarms? I wonder if all the doors in the building have panels arranged in the same way? Or whether some of...

Golden opportunity or trickery?

A friend of mine, faced with staying in or leaving a job, asked: “How do I differentiate between feeling like I am leaving a golden opportunity and being scammed into believing it’s a golden opportunity?” Here's my response: We cannot predict the future. We probably...

Seeing clearly and mastery

Many of us would have seen this “Game Changers” ad for the Australian government’s Department of Finance by now. It still surprises me that in spite of our intense exposure to slickly-produced media, none of the decision makers noticed the awkwardness of this...

Tech mags: from news to guidebooks

I haven’t bought a computer magazine for over 15 years now. The last time I flipped through one was more than five years ago. So it was interesting to find myself standing in front of a rack of them at a newsagents recently. Computer magazines used to be my primary...

If you want to survive in design

I took the screengrab on the left. And mocked up the one on the right. It still astounds me how often I come across illegible designs. I can understand why the designer chose the typeface on the left. It does have a rather run, rhythmic quality to it. It conveys an...

Reviewing commitments

How often are we caught up in a particular course of action – something we had committed to some time ago – when it no longer serves us in the here and now? Or perhaps it is even something that is actively impeding our business right now. Or something we are...

The humble index.html page

In the age of Wordpress and other cheap and easy content management systems, we should not forget the humble index.html file. You can build one with nothing more than Notepad. It is a fast way to get a simple web page up; such as one with your logo and contact...

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