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From the November #DesignInTech Monthly Briefing
Four Things That I’m Thinking About Design In Tech
- The commonly used term “product designer” and its murky definition within the tech industry evades me in a way that it didn’t as a synonym for “industrial designer.”
- Perhaps this awkwardness arose because it took more than four decades for computers to be useful to non-techies, and its utility is only a recent phenomenon.
- As a result, the prior computer industry design norm of a “user interface designer” or “scientific instrument industrial designer” got Rip Van Winkled in a flash.
- Because the goal of serving a narrow group of professionals’ needs had to rapidly transition to serving the entire world like a Coca-Cola instead of a Radio Shack.
Three Things I’ve Noticed In The Last 30 Days
- The recent modeling work by McKinsey Global Institute on “modeling how AI will impact on the world economy” is disturbing and fascinating.
- Criticism for the upcoming release of WordPress spans the full gamut of concerns — which means that Open Source is working just the way it should.
- Visiting teamLab’s art installation “Borderless” in Tokyo hit home for me how computational art and design have fully arrived.
Two Unsolicited Non-Tech Products That I ❤
- Ito-en instant Matcha (Japanese tea) that doesn’t need a bamboo whisk.
- Atlas bars are high protein, low carb time savers — chocolate is my fav.
One Special Link
- The Automattic Design Award honors the best site, solution, or style of 2018. Entries were due on Friday (11/16).
One Final Point
- Leading product and creative design at Automattic has been the funnest and most challenging thing I’ve done in my life thus far. I have profound respect for every designer, design leader, product manager, and developer out there who’s turning MVPs into MLVPs into just LPs (“Lovable Products”) in this weird and wonderful computational age.