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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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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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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Apple Watch Further Democratizes Consumer Electronics

A thought occurred to me as the rumors are starting to float around about Apple’s initial shipment order of over 5 million Watches, and the alleged split between the Sport, Watch, and Edition models: it doesn’t matter how much you could possibly fork over for an Apple Watch Edition with 18-karat gold casing, you’ll still have essentially and technologically the same actual Watch that someone getting a Sport edition has. With Macs or PCs, more money can get you a decidedly more powerful computer. With the iPod, Apple entered (and subsequently shaped for the next decade) a consumer electronics space that …

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