- Don’t speak ill of others.
- Avoid passive aggressive behavior.
- Listen broadly, but don’t waffle on decisions.
- When in error — admit, apologize, move forward.
MVLP is a real mouthful when read out loud as “Minimum Viable Lovable Product” — and it’s awfully hard to remember a 4-letter acronym that doesn’t spell out a word.
Humans don’t have viable experiences without love, and humans can’t really love an experience that is prone to failure.Continue reading “Minimum Viable Lovable Product (MVLP)”
In a set of buildings that once comprised weapons factory in Saint-Étienne, France, the Design Biennale is being readied. I find it ironic, and fitting, that the site of where weapons of mass destruction were made, that it could also be a place to distribute weapons of mass understanding — a.k.a. “design.”Continue reading “Weapons of Mass Understanding for Computational Design”
A few months ago I did a Q&A with Diego Rodriguez on YouTube that is best consumed more as a podcast as it’s a bit loooooong. In the video I cover a variety of issues around design in the technology arena — especially with regards to product management and data science (my two passion areas).Continue reading “Diego Rodriquez: Q&A”
As a fan of eating delicious things, my eyes and brain perked up when I read about Chef Samin Nosrat and her new cookbook entitled “Salt Fat Acid Heat.” In her book she describes this phenomenon as the perfect storm of tastes as achieved by the simple grilled cheese sandwich:
“Learn to balance them perfectly and you’ll learn to create the perfect meal. Take the grilled cheese: if the pan is too hot, the bread will burn without the cheese melting; too cold, and the sandwich will turn soggy. The butter on the bread is the best fat to marry with the heat for this result. The cheese on the inside provides the necessary saltiness to cut through the butter, and the pickles on the side provide the acidity needed to balance a rich meal.”Continue reading “Salt Fat Acid Heat and Design”
Continue reading “Business Wisdom via a High Perch in Tokyo”
“Stores exist for customers.”—倉本長治（くらもと ちょうじ）/ Choji Kuramoto (1899-1982)
Painting by Jane Mount
When I moved to Silicon Valley, I donated all of my books to Designer Fund in San Francisco. It’s freeing to let go of the past. I’ve found that it makes things a lot simpler for yourself — and it forces you to figure out what truly matters. As I wrote in a book on simplicity now over a decade ago:
Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.Continue reading “5 Books on Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life”
Continue reading “Design in Tech Report 2018”
Silicon Valley design guru John Maeda distinguishes between three categories: “classical” designers, who create physical objects or products; “commercial” designers who innovate by seeking deep insights into how customers interact with products and services; and “computational” designers, who use programming skills and data to satisfy millions or even billions of users instantaneously.—Clay Chandler on the Design in Tech Report
From the Kleiner Perkins blog on January 11, 2016
As recently as just fifteen years ago, computers were primarily used by researchers and otherwise “nerdy” types.