Journal

Recent Entries from a neglected blogging outpost

How I Work

I'm a big believer in the idea that how you work is every bit as important as the outcomes you achieve as a result of your work. This post details each of values that drive the way I work as a designer and a leader of design teams.

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21 Books in 2021

A summary and quick commentary on the books I read in 2022.

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2020 Book Review

A summary of books I read last year and a declaration of the 3 books I enjoyed the most in 2020.

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2019 Book Review

2019 was a great year for reading - I'm thankful to all the authors out there that keep cranking out books to entertain us. Here's what I read.

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UX Design Pillars

A while back someone asked me if there were any principles about user experience and design that I followed and could share. At the time, I hadn't thought about it explicitly, but knew there were definitely certain concepts that guided my thinking. But I didn't have anything in writing to reference, so I came up with the following 8 concepts that act as pillars for how I think and I how I approach most design projects.

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You Keep Using That Word

Lately I’ve noticed a couple of words being used in a certain way to communicate a certain thing. I’d like to put a stop to that.

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Making It Work Remotely

Some thoughts about my approach and some tips for being a productive remote-worker.

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The Mountains are Calling

We've lived in Minnesota now for 6 years. We love so many things about Minnesota. But we're looking forward to this next adventure.

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Enterprise Software Doesn't Have to Suck

Video of me giving a product design talk at our annual Product & Technology kickoff meeting in downtown Minneapolis. My talk was titled "Design in the Heart of the Enterprise".

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ReWork Wisdom

I recently read ReWork again. For like the 3rd time. It's that good. Here's what I learned.

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Empathy For Whom?

I've heard it said that the most critical trait for a designer to have is empathy. I think I agree with that. Here are some additional thoughts.

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AEA15: Career Advice From a Cranky Old Man

I have the good fortune of attending the premiere conference for web designers and developers in the country - An Event Apart (this time in Austin). Some notes below from the keynote presentation from Jeffrey Zeldman. Titled "The Fault, Dear Brutus (or: Career Advice from a Cranky Old Man).

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