I’m writing a Sci-Fi novel!

Late last year I launched one of my two planned major side projects for 2017: Product Matters, a blog / publication / channel on all things product design and business ethics.Today I’m thrilled to share what my second major side project for this year is: a science-fiction novel! I’ve been writing, plotting, outlining and ideating a whole universe of stories since I was 16 years old, now more than half a lifetime ago. I always figured, “I can do a writing career after my tech career.” I used to imagine I might start to get serious about the writing around …

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A Dao of Product Design

Product Design is both a practice and a job, but regardless of which of the two applies to your work, there are considerations to make. Does your work make the user feel better? Does it inform them, or arm them with knowledge and a greater understanding? Does it make them stronger people, psychologically, or is it subtly eroding their confidence?In my new article for A List Apart, the premiere magazine for web designers & developers, I examine five principles of great design: inclusion, positivity & civility, confidence & courage, emotional fortitude, and social mores.The article is the culmination of years …

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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 …

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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 …

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