4 min read · From 2018 · 150 principles for a new direction in tech - The principles were created by hundred and fifty humans in 48 hours at Techfestival in Copenhagen as the next step after The Copenhagen Letter.
4 min read · From 2017 · Service design starts with identifying user needs. If you don’t know what the user needs are, you won’t build the right thing. Do research, analyse data, talk to users. Don’t make assumptions. Have…
7 min read · Jul 29th · A Cognitive perspective on UX Design Principles including a neurodivergent perspective with links to relevant guidance and resources. Posted by Gareth Ford Williams, on 26 Jul 2021. As so much of what…
Cognitive design as a practice came out of studies in user interaction with consumer products in the 1970s, and by the 80s their use was commonplace in the product design industry.
~12 min read · Aug 7th · One of the best ways to improve your knowledge and understanding of something is to try to teach other people about that thing. I promise you. Some thoughts about this noble art and science of writing…
Whether or not a piece of writing is good, all depends on the goal we have for that given piece, and the degree to which that piece or story helped us reach that goal
The goal of that conveying, in turn, is that you ultimately inspire, convince and/or help someone change something in their opinions, attitudes or knowledge, which leads to changed behavior.
My reasoning is that 99% of the time when people communicate, it’s to coordinate. It’s to find ways to combine and connect our goals and needs, and our knowledge and skills to those of another. And/or, we need to feel emotionally connected. Also, 99% of the time our goal will have something to do with growth, or — put in another way — improvement, of some aspect of our lives, our business or our work, or ourselves.
~20 min read · From 2017 · November 4, 2014 – 460,601 viewsAlso available in: Japanese, Russian, Portuguese.This is a writeup based on a presentation I gave at BrazilJS in August 2014. It builds on some of the ideas I’ve been…
7 min read · Jul 23rd · A framework for putting advice into action. Use your Starting Principles to memorize strategies for better everyday decision-making.
A spectacular lie of adult life is how we pretend we’ll act on advice. We treat advice like we collect baseball cards: we categorize it, store it in the attic, and never look at it again.
If I have a superpower, it’s that I now act on great advice.
Advice, on the other hand, is an instruction set for how to live. It’s complex knowledge—like the textbook lessons learned in school. To implement knowledge, you need to understand it, practice it, and sometimes memorize it.