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Debating the incoming bullet

An interesting observation of an organizational resistance to change from a Moments of Impact book:

Most of the time, not only do leaders of floundering organizations see the bullet coming—they can’t stop talking about it. They sit through endless presentations on the bullet’s velocity, force, and trajectory. As it gets closer, bullet initiatives and shield task forces pop up all over the place. By the time the bullet arrives, everyone knows all about it—so much so that they’re bored of the topic. Yet, they let it hit them anyway.

Humor and meaningfulness

I finished “Man’s Search For Meaning” by an Austrian psychologist Viktor Frankl. He survived through several Nazi concentration camps during World War II and in his book he describes—from a doctors point of view—how people behaved and coped. It is hard and depressing, but insightful read. Two things stood out: humor and meaningfulness. Read more

Castle Neuschwanstein

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Neuschwanstein is one of the most iconic castles in the world. But when I came closer and saw how many things are not finished, and that a thriving fast-track business had been build around it with thousands of tourists visiting every day, the castle lost some of its charm.

It, as many other things in life, is better observed from far away where its external beauty shines. It is, after all, the most beautiful fairy tale castle.

Your websites suck

Many people from tech bemoaned the launch of Facebook’s Instant Articles, and fortification of walled gardens and native apps killing the web (again). Baldur Bjarnason published an excellent article with aggregated commentaries, but also added his owns words which hit the bullseye.

Here’s an absolute fact that all of these reporters, columnists, and media pundits need to get into their heads:

The web doesn’t suck. Your websites suck.
All of your websites suck.

You destroy basic usability by hijacking the scrollbar. You take native functionality (scrolling, selection, links, loading) that is fast and efficient and you rewrite it with ‘cutting edge’ javascript toolkits and frameworks so that it is slow and buggy and broken. You balloon your websites with megabytes of cruft. You ignore best practices. You take something that works and is complementary to your business and turn it into a liability.

The whole article is well worth reading, so please do it. It might even serve as a pivot in the way people think about web, for example like Ethan Marcotte’s article about responsive web design five years ago.

MX15

John Maeda talking on a stage.

Last week I attended MX conference about design organizations and leadership. It was a big opportunity for me because I mostly attended production oriented tech and design conferences before. The schedule was full of experienced and notable people and all videos are already available. I took some notes along the way and would like to share the gist of the event. Here are five common threads starting from very broad and narrowing it down. Read more

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