Scope creep. Feature bloat. Feature creep. I’ve heard many names for this phenomenon, and I’ve seen the sympathetic nods all around from product designers. I have been there when business leaders pressure a product team to add one more obscure feature because “this big client really wants it and we need it to close the sale.” Time and again, it seems to me like the product leaders I admire are all really good at saying no.Read More
My classmate Ritwik Deshpande and I have been fascinated by a single question over the past three or so weeks: why is technical documentation so terrible? Whenever I tell someone about this, the first question is: what do you mean by technical documentation?Read More
Am working on a smart glove for sanitation workers right now, and one of the key features is vibration controlled over Bluetooth. Besides having some fun Googling “Bluetooth vibrator”, I did find some good resources, especially this great write up why trying to compare microcontroller boards for wearable technology.
We were asked to write about our interaction design origin stories for class today. I liked how mine turned out, so I thought I’d put it up for future reference.Read More
PG strikes again with yet another amazing essay, Default Alive or Default Dead? It does shock me when startup founders do not know if the current trajectory they are on will mean they can stay afloat without additional funding (Default Alive, or cash flow positive), or they will run out of runway (Default Dead, or cash flow negative and will not achieve cash flow positive by end of runway.)
It is even more shocking that some do not ask the question because they assume they will raise more money. Past success in raising funding does not equal future success: the more rounds you raise, the more investors want to look at results before taking the plunge.
As heard from Chip Conley’s TED Talk, and in response to Sara Hendren’s talk about designing for disability (where the status quo right now is to help disabled people “perform at our level” instead of designing solutions for what they want to do). A personal reminder to never default to a set way of viewing a problem.