Though great designers employ a myriad of tools to solve problems, perhaps the most powerful tool is effective use of the question “why?” Why? Because it helps the designer understand the deeper need (the why), as opposed to a solution (the what). Having become more proficient at asking “why” myself, it’s become more evident to […]
I’ve heard a lot of great things about Workflow for iOS and decided to give it a try. Frankly, at this point, I’m frustrated with it. Here are my findings so far.
OmniFocus has become my personal task tracking tool du jour, and I’ve come to rely on it for a morning reminder of my daily routines. One of those routines is to clear my Evernote inbox–things in that notebook need to be filed away for long-term storage while I can still remember why I put them in the […]
I have a confession to make. During the month of September 2015, I subjected many of my closest friends, family, and colleagues to an experiment and didn’t inform them ahead of time. Normally, this might be fairly icky from an ethical perspective, but this case is different. Why? Because once a day, for an entire month, […]
Lately, I’ve turned to Instapaper as my preferred tool for collecting articles I want to read. Most of my content comes from articles I’ve selected as worthy and sent over to Instapaper for further review. But there are two feeds I always want sent to my Instapaper–the amazing pieces from Brian Koberlein’s One Universe at a […]
In recent years I’ve come to deeply appreciate the phrase “don’t make me think.” I will forget how to perform a setup step approximately 7 seconds after I do it, let alone 3 years after I’ve done it (and I know I’m not alone!). Thus starting to work on an existing project will often give […]
I helped organize and run the recent Balanced Team 2015 Summit. Before the event, you certainly could have asked me, “Why did you decide to organize this conference?” and I would have given you an answer. But not the answer I have now, right after reading the initial feedback.
I’m a big fan of Ubuntu & Debian’s unattended-upgrades package. I can install and configure it to automatically update packages and email me results every night. Sure, I’m aware of and can immediately address the high-profile security bulletins & fixes. But what about the more subtle, less severe problems?
Applications like word processors and spreadsheets are so feature rich that, without some training, it is difficult to discover some key features on your own. I think conditional formatting in spreadsheets falls into this category, so here I’ll briefly introduce you to the idea if you haven’t heard about it yet.
For about a year now I’ve been semi-frequently using the expression “wacky idea” to describe an idea generally thought to be “outside of the box.” The majority of wacky ideas get thrown out, and that’s okay, because the ones that live on often become “amazing ideas.” What Is a Wacky Idea? A wacky idea is […]