Recently, I have been enthralled with the work of Dyson Logos. Over the last several weeks I have been watching as Dyson posted map after map of beautifully drawn maps. Being a fan of sketching, I was drawn naturally to the allure of gaming cartography. I had one problem, I just needed to sit down and make something.
Sometimes good designs can become great designs by rearranging the parts. I find that the best arrangement for tasks closely mirrors the way we do things without technology. The closer we match these experiences the easier our system will be to use. As a bonus, rearranging interfaces is typically pretty simple and low cost.
I read (listened to) Marie Kondo’s the life-changing magic of tidying up. Marie Kondo’s philosophy can be summed up in two bullets.
- Get rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy.
- Organize and take good care of the rest.
This book made me think about my home and possessions, but it also got me thinking about products we design.
Sometimes the best user experiences aren’t that you went through and did a ton of research to re-architect the entire experience, but that you thought about what could be valuable and made something just a bit better.
Sneaky makes me wonder what you are doing with my information!
Beginning research is an acknowledgment that we don’t know. There are many things that we may not know, and we can try to articulate them by listing hypothesis as assumptions and then testing them with research. We are always better off knowing sooner because our ability to pivot is improved and our sunk cost will be lower.
I went to a happy hour with a friend at a local bar called Hops Scholar. I’ve been to the bar before, and I really like that they have a wide selection of beers (47 taps) and an easy-going atmosphere. They have a chalkboard which typically lists their beers, but this time they told us, “We have our menu on this app, it is called [pause, while the bartender turns a placard around] ‘Untapped'”. We said, “Great!” and ordered a round based on the bartender’s initial suggestion and sat down at a table across the room.