Designer/Maker Inspiration

Bad Chad

Hot rod designer/ maker
Wild cars

Uses his brain
Solves problems
Learns from others
Car shows
Passion for what he does
Simple explanations
Approach to problems is fantastic.
… Creates prototypes
… Creates patterns
… Reuses
… Makes big and whole then cuts back
… Does not look for perfect first, he works his way there
… Add layers to do finish work, fill and smooth, then paint

I love that he is sweet on his girl all the time.

And he has a great Canadian accent.

By |February 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

If you love yourself then you need to setup shop

If I ever have a demo day for my start up, this is my entrance song.

Set Up Shop

Damian encourages us all to start a company and make our lives better. Entrepreneurship is not only for the rich, it is for the every person.

“If you love yourself then my suggestion unno fi setup shop” – Damian Marley

By |February 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Binary opposition: checkbox and radio buttons

Checkboxes and radio buttons should be used in very different ways in a user interface.

A checkbox is for selection. Checking demonstrates inclusion.

Radio buttons are for a mutually exclusive choice. When you have 2,3 or maybe 4 options to choose from, use radio buttons.

A checkmark should not be used for a selection where being unchecked is not obvious. For example, one product I reviewed had http as a checkbox. So if you checked it you got http and if unchecked? Https? Ftp? What?

Radio buttons should not be used if you have more than 4 items. In that case, use a drop-down list.

In structuralism, a binary opposition is seen as a fundamental organizer of human philosophy, culture, and language. -wikipedia

By |February 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Dry Bar

We all need to laugh every day.

By |February 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Happy Valentine’s to my Love

By |February 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Creative Juices

Raconteurs studio session with Ashley Monroe and Ricky Skaggs

Brilliant peek into musicians working out the piece together.

Final cut… Beautiful

Old Enough

By |February 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Binge Worthy: Philosophize this!

Stephen West is a fantastic teacher. He takes the most complicated of philosophy topics and makes then relevant and interesting.

My favorite episode was David Hume’s is vs ought

Read about it: wikipedi: Is–ought_problem

Here you try. Binge this:

By |February 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Innovation Is About Arguing

This is a beautiful explanation. Every time that I work with a new product manager or business owner I always explain that I ask a lot of questions. When we are working together, I am going to explore the constraints and boundaries of the problem. When I explain it that way they do not feel that I am just being argumentative. Continuum has done a nice job of embedding this into their process and culture. Entering cultures that do not do this is a challenge because many people are sensitive to feeling a question is challenging their work.

On the point of say “no, because,” I try to avoid “no” in many cases because it is so final. I rather say “what about …, what do you mean …, I thought it was …”

I have worked with individuals and teams where we do these 5 things and it does help explore the solutions space. It is a mindset that all team members need to have to work. For many, the suspension of disbelief has to be requested so that they can go through the process and learn to trust the questioning/arguing for the purpose of exploring the solution space.

Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here’s How To Argue Productively by Daniel Sobol

    Breaking down hierarchy is critical for deliberative discourse.
    No is a critical part of our process, but if you’re going to say no, you better be able to say why.
    This model works for us because deliberative discourse requires a multiplicity of perspectives to shape ideas.
    Argument is productive for us because everyone knows that we’re working toward a shared goal.
    Our work requires intensity, thoughtfulness, and rigor. […]

By |December 14th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Big Data Analysis

This article makes the case that with the increase in data, there is a greater need to make decisions on the data and therefore a need to better represent the information for human consumption and decision making.

“Manually analyzing data is time consuming but is often done in order to maintain core business capacity, operational continuity, competitive advantage and compliance. Reviewing stacks of numbers and text is not only error prone but also makes it difficult to analyze data in order to:

1) Develop or assess a hypothesis: Those managing regulatory compliance may need to consider and assess a hypothesis like Hyman Minsky’s financial instability hypothesis to protect their firm’s future.
2) Discover errors and outliers: From a risk and compliance standpoint, a firm may want to find a way to easily monitor risk exposure across a portfolio on a trade-by-trade basis and manage outliers or trades that are over certain limits.
3) Map trends: From an investment management perspective, a firm may want to track volatility across sectors or industries to capitalize on market opportunity.
4) Create categories: A valuation and risk group may want to know if it can readily quantify exposure to all counterparties by subsidiaries.
5) Make decisions: A structured products group may want to know if it can create “what if” stress scenarios and decide on optimal product selection.
6) Understand relationships, such as spatial hierarchy and rank: For energy traders, the need may be to determine if a company can manage pipeline operations and portfolio optimization across crude, refined, natural gas and other commodities.
The need to effectively and efficiently address these concerns, individually or in combination, is a challenge for many firms. Following a thoughtfully crafted method to hone the possible visualizations choices […]

By |December 7th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The product design sprint

The product design sprint: a five-day recipe for startups – Jake Knapp/Design Partner, Google Ventures

Day 1: Understand
Dig into the design problem through research, competitive review, and strategy exercises.
Day 2: Diverge
Rapidly develop as many solutions as possible.
Day 3: Decide
Choose the best ideas and hammer out a user story.
Day 4: Prototype
Build something quick and dirty that can be shown to users.
Day 5: Validate
Show the prototype to real humans (in other words, people outside your company) and learn what works and what doesn’t work.

By |November 21st, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments