Be nice. Or else.
Orange County, CA Product Design at Weedmaps Joined about 4 years ago
Lots of inspiration from this VC firm.
To be clear—I don't think leaders and bosses are the same thing. You report to bosses and more or less have to do what they say. But you choose to follow a leader.
It would be easy to deal with a bad leader. You simply don't follow them.
The first thing I do if I have a bad boss is communicate the challenges I'm having with them as clearly and delicately as possible, a la Radical Candor style. If progress isn't made after that in a timely manner, I might see if I can switch teams to be under a new boss. If that's not possible, I would strongly consider leaving. I have left companies in the past due to a bad manager.
Poplibs is a a little madlibs style game I made a while back. I'd love for you to try it out and let me know what you think!
My goal with Poplibs is to make something that people find fun and distracting.
Some next steps for this project: - HTTPS - add more libs - make it easier for people to think of words. I've noticed this can be challenging!
I find that the toughest part about adding features isn't figuring out how it fits with the existing design and adding complexity—it's figuring out if you should build it in the first place.
Feature requests are about supply—the thing you're selling—not problems. When the CEO or users or whoever offer suggestions, it's not about a problem they have. It's about a solution they want. It's a cognitive trap to conflate the solution with the problem and you can end up building something that no actually needed in the first place (re: the Product Death Cycle).
Blockchain is a type of "architecture"—a high level way to build something. Healthcare, currency, finance, almost anything digital.
As designers, we should understand this kind of architecture to deliver situations like I described.
Imagine not having to fill out medical history forms every single time you go to the doctor because your health records are stored on a blockchain system vs siloed databases owned by insurance cos.
Sharing medical records—as a single source of truth—would greatly improve healthcare outcomes.
I usually refuse these types of assignments. Unless they are for a completely different domain or the company is willing to pay me for my time (on the condition that it doesn't lead to an offer).
It would be a cool side project to keep tabs on companies that do these kinds of assignments and how well they execute them.
I prefer Heap Analytics to GA personally. It's a lot easier to set up, create events, create funnels, etc.
I think he was talking about me :P
If your understanding and application of product design is only surface-level interface design, then maybe be worried about this trend. If your design practice includes defining and understanding user goals, activities, behaviors, intent, etc, then no.
Be nice. Or else.
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