Faruk At.eş

Proudly Announcing: Product Matters

Our lives are undergoing increasingly rapid changes. We have sophisticated products, barely a decade old, that are household commodities changing how we go about our day. We have long-familiar products being are dramatically overhauled, their entire fundamentals rethought from the ground up. And we have social platforms to connect with everyone like never before.

So many products, so many changes, and so many conversations we have about them. But one thing is missing from those conversations: how products are designed to affect us. How does a product’s design affect us psychologically and emotionally, as individuals and as a people?

Plenty of research has been conducted into the overall effects of certain products, but relatively few designers and developers pay attention to sociology studies. Conversely, relatively few sociologists are product designers who can balance the myriad complex technical, business, and design requirements involved in creating products. Both groups certainly have an interest in each other’s area of expertise, and there is a growing desire for conversations about the intersection of product design and sustainable social principles.

Enter Product Matters, a fresh perspective on product design.

Product Matters

Product Matters is a new publication on Medium, written and curated by myself, where you can find writings on and examinations of products through the holistic lens of functional, sustainable, emotional and social design.

There will be interviews with people who create products of all kinds, tutorials and 101-style articles to help budding designers learn the ins and outs of the trade, and so much more.

The first articles are up, to give you a taste of the things to come:

We also have a monthly email newsletter and a Slack channel where you can join us for interesting news on product design, or just explore and discuss these topics with us. And, of course, you can follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

I hope that you’ll enjoy Product Matters, and share your own perspectives on product design!

Recent Writing, Elsewhere

As RSS subscribers will no doubt have noticed, I have not been writing much on here for quite some time. I will detail the why’s behind this soon, but for now I just want to update with links to some recent writing I've done and published elsewhere:

How does one increase or gain emotional fortitude?
I wrote an answer on Quora to this question, as it related directly to a much more comprehensive topic I've been writing about (behind the scenes) for several months. This is something that I would’ve benefited from reading when I was much younger. I hope it can be of use to people who are struggling with anxieties, depression, sickness, or simply the feeling of being overwhelmed by the complicated nature of social politics today and what it means to be a person.

Apple’s Taxes vs. Jobs Argument Is Not The One Corporations Usually Make
I still write about my old employer from time to time. In this case, it’s about the unprecedented “fine” of 13 billion euros the European Commission issued to Apple, and the inaccurate framing the media is putting it in. (Spoiler: both sides have a strongly valid point in this case.)

How Not to Talk to a Woman Who is Wearing Headphones
If you missed the utterly condemnable “how to” article on this subject, you’re probably much better off for it. But I couldn't resist satirizing it because it’s just that awful, much like when I satirized Dave Winer’s awful post on women programmers.

“Fixing Our Democracy” Will Not Fix Our Democracy
I posit an unpopular or uncomfortable perspective on why our focus on democratic changes to our systems of government is insufficient, and may very well lead to disillusionment when we finally do accomplish them. In short: fixing the flaws in our legislative systems is important, but it's not enough to fix many of the very real problems we are facing.

About me

Faruk Ateş

Faruk Ateş is a product designer, developer, and entreprenerd. He is the creator of Modernizr and co-creator of Presentate.

He resides in San Francisco, CA and works at Quantifind.

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