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Good books I read in 2017

Books on a shelf.

Even though I’ve listed only a few books on the topic, last year I read a lot about current technology and how it may affect our society in the future. Ethics, machines that “think,” and our inability to comprehend complexity around us were the themes of the year, prompted by my short post about fairness in late 2016. Here are some of the books you should consider putting on your reading list. Read more

Year in review 2017

Beach stones delicately balanced on top of each other.

As I was reflecting on the past year, the phrase “delicate balance” was the only thing that came to mind. There is one point at which opposing forces form a balance between work and family time, between pushing yourself to the limit and taking a break, and between being online and offline. There isn’t one correct ratio—it depends on the individual and the environment. I found mine in 2017. Read more

Red train in snow

A red train blazes next to a snowy path.

Red and white, and a lot of snow—so very Swiss.

Find your purpose

My work matters,” you think to yourself. In a small studio, shop, or a startup, everything you do is significant. You can see your contributions pushing the business forward every day. You feel good about yourself.

If you’re 1 of 3 people in a company, you’re almost a superhero. If you’re 1 of 30, you might still feel you’re contributing. But if you’re 1 of 3000, can you recognize your impact on the whole business every day? If you leave for three months, you’ll find the company somehow survived without you. Shocking, right? Read more

Write down everything

To be more specific, write down everything important. Early in my corporate career, I asked an experienced designer what had helped him make the transition from a small agency to a big company. He suggested that I should keep a permanent track of what’s happening for myself. Projects change and people come and go so it’s hard to keep everything in memory. Read more

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