Death to the double diamond
Weekly curated resources for designers — thinkers and makers.
“Here are two extremes. There’s always the exact same predictable path to solving a problem. For example, I can tell you exactly what steps and in what order I’ll take those steps so I can solve a simple math problem. The same process has worked for many years and will work for hundreds more.
There’s never the same predictable path to solving a problem. In soccer, you cannot predict the plays that are going to score a goal because you don’t have control of the opposing team’s defense. To score a goal, you’re reacting and working through to the unpredictable situations and challenges in front of you.
What makes the path to solving a problem predictable or unpredictable? It has to do with how much control you have over influencing factors.”
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UX/AI thinking for a new design world →
Steven Spielberg’s movie reminded us of how far AI will bring us.
How bad UX led to a partial nuclear meltdown →
The Three Mile Island story.
How a killer email strategy made me spend £733 on flowers →
A deep dive into Bloom & Wild’s CRM strategy.
Uber Ads: accelerating the path to profitability →
A 100% margin product that can subsidize a low margin business.
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Make me think
Women are superstars on stage, but rarely get to write songs →
“In 2022, hit songs had 6 songwriters on average: 5 men and 1 woman. But the average conceals a remarkable fact about the 42 songs that cracked the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100. While half of the songs had a songwriting team of all men, only one had a songwriting team of all women.”
Some tactics for writing in public →
“I’ve often heard the advice ‘don’t read the comments’, but actually I’ve learned a huge amount from reading internet comments on my posts from strangers over the years, even if sometimes people are jerks. So I want to explain some tactics I use to try to make the comments on my posts more informative and useful to me, and to try to minimize the number of annoying comments I get.”
Who has the credentials to deliver design feedback? →
“I once heard someone say that to create you need an ego—the ego to believe that what you are making can somehow improve the world. Our ego can be a tool. It is empowering. It allows us to take risks and make something out of nothing. But sometimes, it can prevent us from achieving more.”
Little gems this week
Tools and resources
How much does a Senior Product Designer make? →
Accessibility & subtitles →
When accessibility becomes standard, everyone benefits.
Designing AI agents →
A designer’s guide to the next big thing.
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