I don’t want to perpetuate the stereotype of engineers as introverted geeks, but a lot of inventions lately seem to be ways to avoid talking to people. It may not be the actual goal of the inventions, but frequently a side-effect of progress is that we have less need to talk to strangers, less need of human interaction.
Thoughts on the web, the world, and work
30 Apr 2015
28 Apr 2015
Clients aren't stupid. OK, well some of them are. But, much as designers and developers love to think they are cleverer than everyone else, the people who hire them are not a bunch of useless morons.
28 Apr 2015
I’ve always been suspicious of people who can afford to be bohemian. In light of the recent spat between Chris Bryant and James Blunt about people in the arts from privileged backgrounds, I was reminded of this suspicion.
15 Apr 2015
Imagine you're going away on holiday. You decide where to go. You book a hotel. You book flights. You decide what you're going to take. So you make a list. Then you take the things on the list, and you put them in the suitcase.
8 Apr 2015
I’ve never understood why people think Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On is a masterpiece. It’s reached the sacred cow status of an all-time classic, sitting up there with Sgt Pepper, Citizen Kane, and War and Peace.
8 Apr 2015
Very often, junior colleagues ask me what they should do in a particular situation. Very often, to the point where I feel like a broken record, my answer is "Use your judgement”. This is partly because I don’t have as much time as I’d like to guide them through how I would approach the situation, but mostly it’s because I want them to be able to figure it out for themselves.
7 Apr 2015
Most designers and developers have got their fair share of horror stories about clients finding cruel and unusual ways of mangling the CMS that they've spent months on setting up. For instance, the other day I found myself cursing someone who had added enormous images to an article - a 1200 x 799px JPG weighing in at 850k, resized via the WYSIWYG to be 240 x 160px.
4 Mar 2015
There are periods in some software projects when the atmosphere gets very strange. It’s what Sir Alex Ferguson would call "squeaky bum time" - deadlines are approaching, and everyone is getting nervous.
16 Feb 2015
We’re in an age of rapidly evolving technology, and a lot of us are struggling to keep up with the pace of change. Different mental models apply to different means of communication, and most of those mental models date from a pre-digital age.
16 Nov 2014
Sudden changes of direction are dangerous If you ride close to the kerb, you'll need to pull out sharply to go around obstacles. It's much better to see hazards early, and steer a gentle course around them.