One of the laws of stress

I think about stress a lot. I learned yesterday about an interesting study conducted in 1908 related to the application of stress and the affect on productivity, a study that is still impacting how organizations view worker productivity today. Robert M. Yerkes and John Dodson conducted an experiment with a box. The box had set …

I’m going for an MBA

Well, here we go. Why would a designer get an MBA? Early in my design career, I was the only interaction designer at a burgeoning ecommerce startup. I found myself pushing pixels around my computer screen after hours in the latest of a string of late nights. I was in the process of transforming our …

Building a Design System Without a Team

Update: I changed the title of this post from “Design Systems for Small Teams” to “Building a Design System Without a Team.”  This is a more accurate description of the content of this post and addresses the key issues: building a design system when it is impossible to dedicate full-time resources.  When a new design …

Reflections on XOXO 2019

XOXO felt like many things. There’s a feeling I get around genuinely creative people. I remember feeling it in college, surrounded by artists, photographers, actors, and designers, many of whom continue to be artists, photographers, actors, and designers. I don’t get to feel that feeling very often. Sure, I may go to a design meetup …

XOXO Day 2

Another great day! Conference presentations Tracy Clayton discussed her battle with depression and how online addiction helps and hurts. She reminded us all: Log off, Fam. Emma Kinema is organizing gaming industry workers, one unfair work environment at a time. Support the cause » Harry Brewis (hbomberguy) played Donkey Kong 64 for 36+ hours to …

So, what’s your process?

The process depends on the context of the project. Here’s the process I favor for an in-house product design effort: Phase 1, Discovery: Get to know the people who are likely to use the product, the scenario when they encounter the product, and what objective they’re trying to achieve and clarify what problems are standing …