I recently listened to Clay Shirky give a TED Talk championing my favorite view of social media: The idea that it’s a world-changing revolution and a profoundly good thing. Shirky, author and adjunct professor in New York University’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, titled the talk, How social media can make history, and begins […]
Feedback is central to collaboration. This is true for any size project, but truer and truer the bigger it gets.
No doubt, it’s a two-edged sword that can cut a project to pieces, fracturing its focus and gutting its spark.
Designers have been complaining for years about decision-makers who request outrageous changes at the worst […]
The plus side of committees is that everyone brings a different perspective, and different strengths, to the table. One of their infamous minuses—the bottleneck (sometimes known as pea soup or the black hole)—becomes exponentially aggravating for each person you add to the group (not to mention those that show up near the end of the […]
Viva la Revolution!
Granted, Twitter is noisy, overwhelming, confusing, and difficult to step into. It’s also incredibly vital, and potentially bottomless. I’m still experiencing regular epiphanies about business, collaboration, art and humanness. Half the fun is that I’m doing it together with others. It’s the biggest team effort I’ve ever seen.
Without further ado, here […]
Been thinking about this a lot lately, sparked by a big, fat design project, as well as questions about the foggy role of “creatives” in a technical environment. Then Amber Naslund polled her readers about their line of work. I had just started following her on Twitter, and mentioned something about how Design […]
I am taking in a great article on my latest blog gem, The Simple Dollar. I found it while working on the redesign of another financial site that is chock full of content so inscrutable it’ll make your eyes water. This blog is subtitled, “financial talk for the rest of us”. It does […]
Policies foster laziness.
With polices, you don’t have to think—you don’t have to consider, dialog or listen. You don’t have to take responsibility for your choice. You can just refer to the Policy: You can say, “Sorry, that’s just our Policy”.
Having said that, we’ve been discussing just such a thing for a creative department […]
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