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Why I don’t write about Google

You may be wondering why I don’t write about Google. Some of you even asked me and it’s a valid question worth answering.

Googlers are reminded from the start that they should be mindful of their external communication. Apart from the obvious confidential stuff, there are guidelines on how to handle most other situations. There is a sound reasoning behind it and it quickly becomes apparent why you should be careful even if you don’t read through all the points.

Google is a huge company and one of the best known brands in the world, so every step it takes is closely examined. It’s often praised, but also attacked by other companies, organizations, media and different interest groups. Even a minor thought, action or perspective can be (and was) escalated giving it unnecessary attention. It looks funny when observing from the inside, but it’s also sobering to see the shitstorm developing out of thin air and for no valid reason.

Writing anything about Google could potentially reveal upcoming features or strategies, give an impression that my personal opinion is shared by Google or simply provide ammunition for anyone who wants to do some damage. I’m sad to admit it’s easier to stay on the safe side and refrain from commenting.

That being said, you’re not saved from my gibberish. I will continue writing about design, technology and best practices, will cover conferences and add a bit of travel insights as usual.

Foreign languages

Foreign languages are a very uncomfortable place for most people. Most have been learning at least one in school for years, but never got it to the point where it can be used comfortably in daily life. Many like the idea of learning a new language, but never dedicate time to do it. When confronted by a tourist who needs directions, the brain stops working and the voice disappears.

Some of these statements are true for me, too. English is the only foreign language where I feel comfortable; with listening and reading very close to a native level and speaking with an accent, but good enough to get away from most conversations unscathed. Other than that, I can say “sausage” in German, “dance” in Spanish and a few proverbs in Latin.

And then I moved to Zürich. Read more

Swiss precision

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Swiss precision is world famous, but sometimes it works against you. A new car and an unknown road can easily get you distracted, making you speed a bit as a consequence.

Cameras and radars are always watching, so they caught me in the exact situation. I was driving 57 km/h in a 50 km/h area. They had deducted 3 km/h as a safety margin and then mailed me a ticket for 4 km/h I was over the limit.

There are almost no reckless drivers in Switzerland and now you know why.

Cold San Francisco

San Francisco downtown skyscrapers during gusts of cold
wind.

San Francisco was much colder and less hospitable than I expected. Maybe the stories about California’s easy going attitude and sunny weather skewed my perception beyond reality.

Later I found a quote describing my sentiments perfectly:

The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.

WIAD Zagreb 2014

UX Passion did a very good job of editing my talk on World Information Architecture Day in February this year. They also added some valuable insights on top of the talk in their blog post, so I encourage you to take a look if you’re interested in mobile navigation and information architecture.

You can read about Redesigning Skype for Android chat on this website; it is one of the examples I used in the talk.

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