The rub is that products are invariably an approximation of the promise behind them. This is probably more true today than ever before, as we can build and market earlier and more easily in a global web market.
Those of us in the business of making products know the drill well. The slide from big idea to customer experience is a long road of approximation; a honing that is often reduced to throwing out what doesn’t work in the hopes of discovering what truly does. That’s just reality, exacerbated 1000x when the gestalt of the product in any way depends on the network of users who adopt it.
This changes the marketing game completely, making the best solution to wire intent and customer context into the bits of the product itself.
filling this under things I wish I had written.
The truth is, learning how to learn is the hardest part of acquiring knowledge. Learning takes courage, to admit what you don’t know; it takes paranoia, to question the wisdom of those who tell you what they know; it takes persistence in the face of the impossibley (sic) formidable weight of the amassed brilliance of those who came before you. Most of all, it takes a brash foolishness to believe that you could ever add anything of worth on top of said brilliance.
Love this post. You can learn a lot from people’s reactions to a reference point, even if that reference point is wrong. It becomes a conversation that’s relative to something as opposed to being in absolute terms.
(http://gist.io/5522214 - Why I Say Dumb Shit)
What will save you is tacking into the love of the work, into the desire that brought you there in the first place. This creates a suspension of time, opens a spacious room of your own in which you can walk around and consider your response. Staring prejudice in the face imposes a cruel discipline: to structure your anger, to achieve a certain dignity, an angry dignity.
Many people my age or older half-joke about wishing to be younger. Wishing to be young is a coward’s wish. People who wish to be younger would squander that miracle. They’re wasting the time they have now pretending they’d make better use of a different now.
Wise words from Scott Berkun on getting old(er).
A potential keyboard for really small screens.
As the details fade, the stories - what we remember of them - become more interesting as the rough edges smooth out. My memories are better than the reality. Not only is that ok, it sustains me as I get older.
What I discovered is that if you care about other people first, even business people cannot help but care back. Of course, it is theoretically possible that someone cannot reciprocate empathy, and in that case my approach will not lead to a deal. But I haven’t found anyone like that yet, and I wouldn’t want to work with them if I did.
In retrospect, Flowers believes that “the most sophisticated thing designers ever do is decide what to design.” Telling students in an introductory class to design “something” thus challenged them with the most complex task they could face. It’s much more reasonable, he says, to get them to think about “how do you solve this problem—rather than what is the problem.”
Thank you Timehop for resurfacing this profile of MIT professor Woodie Flowers.