Vor ca. zehn Jahren, als Produktivität noch etwas war worüber man bloggte (und prodcutivity p0rn noch kein Begriff war), stieß ich eines Tages auf David Seahs Blog. Dort teilte und schrieb er regelmäßig über selbstgemachte Productivity Templates. Mein Favorit war damals (und ist es übrigens immer noch) der compact calendar, ein einfacher, und wie der Name sagt, kompakter Jahreskalender.
“Umwege erhöhen die Ortskenntnis” (detours expand local knowledge) was a common saying of my philosophy professor after he went on a tangent during class.
I love the saying and I know the feeling pretty well – it frequently happens to me when I start to get interested in a topic. I start to research something, then I notice another interesting aspect, then another, and then another, and then… I guess you can see a pattern there. It’s similar to the process Dory experiences when she is trying to do something in Finding Nemo.
About four months ago Alexa moved in with me. She’s a quiet but witty flatmate. She connected with my WiFi speaker, immediately. Yes, she is a real tech geek. Soon she took over music and radio management for my place.
My last task at Deutsche Telekom Design was to create and set up its Design Thinking program. The goal was (to negotiate and) to establish a company-wide Design Thinking practice.
Five years ago, in 2012, I released a small e-book on the Amazon Kindle platform called Axure for Mobile. At that time Axure 6.5 was just released, offering quite a few enhancements for mobile prototyping (swiping events, the mobile settings panel, etc.). My book described these new features and offered quite a few hacks which made mobile prototyping way easier.
Warning: German ahead.
Ich höre viel deutsche Musik und das ist immer mal wieder schwierig.
Nicht wegen des Hörens an sich, sondern wegen des Missverständnisses, das entsteht, wenn ich davon erzähle. Denn das Radiogedudel mit den tollen einfachen Botschaften und der super guten Laune meine ich nicht. Sondern diese andere deutsche Musik.
For the longest time our discipline seemed to pay only lip service to one of the key activities of UX design: prototyping.
Yes, everybody always states that prototyping is important. Do it often and early on in the process. Always treat your prototypes as experiments. Don’t fall in love with them and last bust not least, always welcome failure.
The other day I thought I should try to take another stab at blogging. My last blog post is from 2014 and was an uninspired embed of a presentation I gave. But that is easier thought than done. Especially if you want to do things “right” – whatever that means.