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Good books I read in 2016

Books on a shelf

Some of the best books I’ve read in my life were those I read in 2016. Here are my top picks from the past year. Read more

Interaction 17

Co-chair Josh Clark on the stage

I have been planning to attend the Interaction conference for years, but something always got in the way. This year I got lucky and went to New York with more than a thousand other design professionals. The summary: it was excellent. Mostly. Read more

Virtual reality might be a thing

I was skeptical about the new virtual reality (VR) hype. It was the skepticism of the worst kind—the one out of ignorance. My first intro to VR were some of the first demos on Google’s Cardboard when it was released in mid-2014. The experience was novel, but not at all breathtaking: graphics were rudimentary, you had to hold the handset with your hands, and the lenses distorted the image just enough to give you a headache. “Cute toy,” I told myself. Read more

Feels like home

My childhood home was a horror movie set. A crumbling facade failed to hide a century old building, and a leaky roof failed to protect it from rain. The smell of wet walls invaded from all sides. The entrance door squeaked, as expected. The hallway lights never worked, and boards nailed over broken windows blocked any street light. I was terrified getting to our apartment. Read more

Love what you do (quotes)

From Love what you do, as a call to welcome less interesting parts of your pursuit:

Try to embrace all aspects of your current job and do it the best you can. Fall in love with it, not because it’s a good mantra, but because it’ll make your work outstanding.

In the two and a half years since that post, I have found some more examples of the same idea. Read more

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