• Neil GajeraNeil Gajera, over 9 years ago


    Thanks for doing this AMA.

    I think you must have read this essay on Quora by Mills Baker: Designer Duds Losing Our Seat at the Table

    What are your thoughts on that one?

    PS: If you haven't read it yet, please ignore this question.

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    • Frank ChimeroFrank Chimero, over 9 years ago

      I've read it and I think Mills is incisive. My only criticism is that I actually enjoy using Facebook Paper. It's the only way that Facebook makes one scrap of sense to me. I get lost around the other apps, because I wasn't there to slowly normalize the complexities/additions.

      My criticism of the current tech scene is that the software feels so opulent, but lacks a necessary richness and vitality. It may look beautiful and lush, but the actual point of the technology is pretty tawdry. I find myself being wowed with a technology’s execution, then asking, "To what end?" and feeling pretty gross about the answer.

      Perhaps there's a bubble in tech (aside from the finances—I'm not informed enough to comment on that) simply because the industry is floating above the real world. Most of the software being made doesn't feel like it's for a standard life any more—at least not anything that resembles my life. And I'm a straight, white, urban, American male. I can't even begin to imagine how the vast, vast majority of the world that hasn't genetically lucked into my advantages must feel about all this stuff.

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