Writing

What to Include in Your Design Portfolio

The purpose of a portfolio site is simple: to showcase the skills you have to the people who might want them. As such I’m often surprised when I see folks who describe themselves as UX/UI designers, choose to focus their portfolio on the UI side of the equation. It feels to me that these people may be selling themselves short by only focusing on a fraction of their skill-set, but before I jump into details, let’s start with some caveats. 

Dealing With Conflict Using the PLEASE Framework

In my previous post I shared the idea that high functioning teams are comfortable with high levels of conflict, as long as it’s the right type of conflict— namely constructive conflict around “things” rather than judgemental conflict around “people”. This idea is sometimes described as “task conflict” versus “personality conflict”.

Cultivating the Right Kind of Conflict

The ability to share conflicting views about a situation or problem and still get on is a vital component of any high functioning team. It allows us to broaden our range of possible solutions, spot weaknesses in our arguments, and test our assumptions—usually in the pursuit of a better outcome. As a result, productive conflict is generally focussed on things—be they ideas, features or solutions—rather than individuals. “I don’t agree with this” rather than “I don’t agree with you”.

The Tech Industry Has A Futures Problem

For an industry so focussed on inventing the future, you'd imagine tech companies would spend more time thinking about the impact of their products. However rather than imagining rich and nuanced futures, the tech industry seems hamstrung by incrementalism. Fortunately there is a solution.

My Home Video Conferencing Set-up

A lot of folks have been asking about the video conferencing set-up I've been using for LDFest, as apparently it looks like I'm on TV. So I thought I'd write a quick teardown of the tech. Here goes...