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  • Context Switching and Tension Headaches

    The last couple of weeks have been jam-packed for me. I had several back to back meetings throughout the week and didn’t have a full day with less than three meetings. Having no breaks throughout the day makes it impossible for me to do any work outside those meetings, and it makes it impossible to do any focused work. As an introvert, this kind of work burns me out fast, and the only way to recover is to have time burning off stress running or alone deep in a book or drawing.

    These weeks I’ve come home with a tension headache. At least that’s how I’ve prescribed it. They feel like someone is pushing in on my temples and creates pain across my forehead. They last throughout the evening only to be tempered down by a long run or a tough workout.

    Starting next week, I’m trying something new; I’m blocking off Tuesdays and Thursdays to get in some focused work. I’ll force the time to have some time by myself to work on design work, leadership work, or marketing work. I’m hoping that balancing out my week will leave me a little less exhausted at the end of the week and not use the weekend as a recovery from the week.

    06/22/2019

  • Design is supposed to fix the world, not break it. Yet some of us, possibly even most of us, work on products and at companies we feel conflicted about.

    From You got this. by Jeffery Zeldman

    06/09/2019

  • Wisdom in children's books

    We’re big fans of reading to our kids, and with three kids, I’ve read a lot of children’s books. As with anything, I’ve found there is a vast difference between the great ones and the ones that, well, fall short. Right now, my absolute two favorite authors are Oliver Jeffers and Kobi Yamada with illustrations from Mae Besom. By no means are we die-hards with these authors but they each have a couple of books that we’ve read repeatedly. We read them not just for the story, not only for the illustrations but for the meaning that each has.

    Oliver Jeffers’ Here We Are is a field guide to life on Earth. The message of kindness is laid out in such an effortless and straightforward way; it makes me want to buy one for every person in the world. The illustrations are drool-worthy; done in the style that is approachable and yet intricate. Here We Are is just one demonstration to the imagination and hope the Jeffers brings to his books. Every time I read through them with my kids, I’m jealous of his simple yet powerful storytelling and illustrations. I recommend watching this short talk that he gave at Creative mornings. It’s inspiring to hear him talk concretely about the work that he does and why he does it.

    The two stories from Kobi and Mae that we read on repeat are “What Do You Do with a Problem?” and “What Do You Do with an Idea?”. Both follow a small boy working through problems that not just face children but also adults. Reading through these stories helps me combat my problems and helps me fight my imposter syndrome. Something I would have never guessed would come from a children’s book. The illustrations in both books carry the stories’ meaning through little easter eggs. They’re hidden well; we only noticed them on the third or fourth read.

    These are the kinds of books that I love buying for my kids and love reading over and over. What are your favorite children’s books, and what meaning do they have?

    05/29/2019

  • When it comes to discussing the “ethics” or the morality of our industry, we need to understand our basic moral beliefs.

    “Ethics” and Ethics by Oliver Reichenstein should probably be required reading for designers helping build applications.

    04/27/2019

  • “I compare it to seeing a family member naked,” she said. “Once you look around the elevator and see the zombies checking their phones, you can’t unsee it.”

    04/14/2019