Not all design opinions are created equal

People have opinions about everything. You’d think that after almost 30 years in design, I would get used to that fact. But sometimes it’s hard. Many people either forget or don’t realize that design is a legitimate field of study. There are things you can learn and understand about design that others don’t, just like […]

Dates provide context

I was reading Joel Hooks’ article on “digital gardens”. He argues: “Chronologically sorted pages of posts aren’t how people actually use the internet.” This may be true (unless you spend most of your time reading mail, news, blog posts, or social media). Even so, dates can provide context. Hooks’ post (which is worth reading, by […]

Design review means asking questions

As design leaders/managers, our tendency during design reviews is to express our opinion of the work. This seems logical enough, as our opinion of the work can be—and for experienced design leaders, often is—relevant, depending on the context and the reviewer’s experience. Even so, it can be helpful to be mindful of this tendency, and […]