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Politics Are a Design Constraint
John Warren Hanawalt writes that software design is inherently political. Make sure that your software’s politics line up with your own.
Oil City High School 2017 Commencement Speech
At his old high school, Brad Frost reminds the kids that their future jobs may not exist yet. Skills, values and personality matter more than vocation.
How do I manage the eero LED light?
The eero wifi router gives users control of their physical environment—by turning off that frickin’ LED light.
The Difference a Decade Makes
On the 10th birthday of An Event Apart, I looked back at what I was doing a decade ago—and what’s changed.
Living with the Algorithm
Memories of a night in Siena remind me what we’ve gained—and what we’ve lost—in the era of the algorithm.
Connected // Disconnected
The best technologies disappear into the environment to minimize distraction from the content or experience at hand. Yet we design for distraction, and we call it engagement. When you say "engagement," I now hear "theft of attention."
Of Nerve and Imagination
The future is sitting right in front of us in plain view, waiting to be assembled. Do we have the nerve and imagination to piece it together?
Last night, I was walking down the sidewalk and brushed against a woman carrying a cake.
The Twitter Uncertainty Principle: How Tweeting Changes Us
The moment we decide to relay a personal experience to others, the experience itself changes.
Marathons, Makers, and Surviving the Dark Middle
In the dark middle of the race, runners need encouragement, reminders that they’re strong, that the finish is ahead: plausible, real, within reach.
Message from Beyond
A missive from quite another big medium arrives in my mailbox.
David Byrne Never Stops Making Sense
David Byrne’s concert in Paris was an inspiring reminder of the simple pleasure of sharing the amazing stuff you make.
Winning the Uphill Battle
Paris solves a problem with its bike-sharing program by turning hill-climbing into a game.
“Go Into Space”
Every day I climb into a rocket ship of my own invention.
Follow the Grid, Skip the Lines
My post office features a clever heat-map grid to announce slow and busy hours. A perfect idea for the web.
C’est la Beach
As Paris morphs into the Riviera, some clever icon design works its own transformation.
Will Work for Magic: Creativity and Play at SXSW
My latest scheme to improve productivity and creative flow: Screw around. Waste time. Make stuff. Banter. Play.
Long Road Ahead: Motivation, Ambition and Daunting Projects
The Paris Marathon prompts your correspondent to ponder what makes creative people tick in adversity.
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