Flourish – Data Visualisation & Storytelling

This looks like an interesting platform. Although the positioning is a bit weird. I got to this link from Design Week, where it was described as 'data visualisation for designers who don't code'. That negative isn't it? Or rather ambiguous. Do these designers choose not to code? Or is it too hard? Is this platform smarter than designers?

Anyway. I think that's probably more Design Week that than Flourish, to be fair. Regardless, I see some amazing possibilities here in terms of visualising data for editorial teams. Newsrooms are always so stretched, under crazy deadlines, and lack any multi-disciplinary roles to quickly produce this stuff. Let's face it, from real data, it's hard to produce quickly.

Top marks, Flourish. I hope you... erm... flourish.

Why you should stop using product roadmaps and try GIST Planning

I've had my fair share of strategies and roadmaps going out of sync with reality. It's refreshing to see things like OKRs (which I've had mixed results with, to be honest) packaged up with other ideas and presented as a planning methodology. As with all of these things, though, the challenge seems to always revolve around selling this upwards into a management structure so fixed in their ideas. Had my fair share of those, too.

Pace Layering: How Complex Systems Learn and Keep Learning

More on Pace Layering from Stewart Brand. Since reading the book, and watching the talk I posted a while ago, I can't stop thinking about this and how it affects my work at the moment. Big institutions have layers. The pain I regularly feel in trying to affect change is because I'm doing something wrong and/or too quickly in the wrong the layer.

Stewart Brand, Paul Saffo: Pace Layers Thinking - The Long Now

A fabulous talk by Stewart Brand starting with his book, through pace layering and how different generations view these layers of time. A key insight – amongst many, I might add – for me, was (and I'm paraphrasing here):

If sudden fast change happens in a slow layer – such as governance, or culture – bad things can happen. An example of this would be the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, when the US government removed the Iraq government and left it with nothing. This can also happen when one layer above influences the layer below.

Laws of UX

Nicely done. Still hate the word 'Law' in this context though.

Rainglow Color Themes

I love a good code editor theme.

How to design words – John Saito

Easy to digest advice on writing for product interfaces. Sage advice:

Because of that, you shouldn’t just write words and paste them into your design. As you write your words, you might find that your design needs to change. If you can’t explain an action in a few words, it’s a sign that your design is probably too complex.

A simple technique for evaluating content - Pete Gale

A really simple, really useful technique being used at GDS to evaluate if content makes people feel confident or not. Quick, easy and insightful.

The DO Lectures 10th Anniversary

I've attended twice and spoken at the Do Lectures once. Both times it changed my life a little bit. Not by a lot. But it made me think slightly differently. Make me view the world slightly differently. I think that can only come from enforced isolation in rural West Wales, a melting pot of incredibly interesting people, and the space to think, listen, reflect all whilst being very sleep deprived from sleeping in a tent for a few days.

Do yourself a favour. Register for 2018. Change things. Starting with yourself. You only need to do a little bit.

Facebook Can’t Be Fixed. – NewCo Shift

I can't wait to see how this turns out. Zuckerberg plans to 'fix Facebook's problems'. Thing is, when a company is public, it's a slave to The Street. When you're set to post 16 Billion profit! this year, then there is such little room to manoeuvre.

You cannot fix Facebook without completely gutting its advertising-driven business model. And because he is required by Wall Street to put his shareholders above all else, there’s no way in hell Zuckerberg will do that. Put another way, Facebook has gotten too big to pivot to a new, more “sustainable” business model.
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