Things I learned by doing 3 talks in 3 days in Chicago
I’ve spent the last few days in Chicago. During my trip I gave 3 talks in 3 days. It was a little grueling but I learned a lot about speaking and a lot about my self. Things that if they were spaced out I think I would miss out on.
- I say “ummm” and “so” a lot.
- If I have presenter notes up I will read them (and not look at my audience).
- I am mentally exhausted after giving a talk and need alone time after to recharge.
- I love answering questions more than preparing the talk.
- It’s awesome to have video of your talk.
- Practice. Practice. Practice.
- No amount of good feedback will change my mind about how well or not well I did.
- There is only so much talking my throat can take.
- The room makes a big difference.
- I talk with my hands even though I think I don’t.
- I actually talk at a good pace.
- Simple slides are the best kind of slides.
- I’m not nearly as nervous as I used to be.
- I want unbiased feedback and advise on how to get better at talking but can’t get it.
How We Use Trello for Product Design and Development
Our playbook touches upon how we use Trello for all sorts of tasks, from projects to hiring to sales – however, it doesn’t dive deeply into how we manage our boards for each project. Each of our project boards are broken down into 6 columns: Ideas / Discussion, Next up, Doing, Code Review, Acceptance, and Week of.
Lets blow this fucker up, again
One of the goals for relaunching this site was to teach me a lesson in iteration and motivation. I wanted to see how badly I could push a redesign over two nights on a weekend and then see how much I could iterate on top of that. I’ve managed to keep up and build something that I am sort of proud of. Throughout that process though, the design time has taken away from what the original goal I had, to write more. So while visually it made me feel better about my online presence it didn’t accomplish what I wanted.
Recently, one of my articles gave Kevin the shot in the arm that he needed to start again on his site. This is better than any other outcome than I could have hoped with the site and it was my shitty words and not the average design that drove him to redesigning. For the longest time, I’ve wondered if anything I had to say actually mattered. It’s one of the reasons that this site stayed as a giant portrait of myself. To inspire a designer that I admire is certainly proof that it might.
So I’m blowing this thing up again. I want to go back to focusing on the words and I want the design to reflect that. It’s where I want to improve as a designer and it’s where I hopefully can have a bigger impact. Lets face it I’m not going to blow anyones mind with my visual design but just maybe I’ll be able to reach out and inspire someone other than Kevin to design from a different angle.
Philly joins Boston and Montreal in hosting 2nd annual Baseball Hack Day
We want to create stronger ties between Philly’s technology and sports communities. That’s why Philly will be joining Boston and Montreal in hosting a Baseball Hack Day, a one-day event to encourage the development of baseball-related tech projects, partnerships and experiments. It kicks off March 28 at CityCoHo on 24th and Walnut.
Launch when you aren’t ready
I launched my site knowing it was far from perfect. It wasn’t responsive. It didn’t display any particularly appealing animations. It was lacking polish in several places. Regardless of this knowledge, I still chose to launch.
As a father of two and full-time designer, my time is limited, as is my energy level. Releasing a site, even when I know it isn’t perfect, encourages me to continuously work to fix the glitches. I strive for perfection and expect no less from my personal site. I therefore force myself to continue to work towards improving it and including any missing details I might have originally omitted.
I hope to establish a regular rhythm of continuously improving my site. While there is much effort put into that initial launch, the goal is to keep writing articles and updating my designs. This habit will not form solely from the initial decision to make my site live – in order to continue, I must establish a pattern that I will seek to repeat.
The web is constantly changing and evolving. It should be a place for us to watch each other grow as both professionals and human beings. I miss creating projects for myself during my free time, and I hope this site will serve as my platform to once again do so.