Digital Dadaism

Dada: a movement in art and literature based on deliberate irrationality and negation of traditional artistic valuesMerriam Webster Key dates: 1916-1924Key regions: Switzerland, Paris, New YorkKeywords: Chance, luck, nonsense, anti-art, readymadeKey artists: Hugo Ball, Marcel Duchamp, Hans (Jean) Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Hannah Höch, Man Ray, Francois PicabiaKey characteristics: Humoristic, tending towards the absurd, satirical attitude towards authority Developed in reaction to World War…

Adoption Marketing

Adoption Marketing is a concept I have been working on for over 10 years, but for some reason never blogged about it. Warning: This is a long post because it’s a big topic. Sorry. Adoption Marketing is the effort to influence existing users to adopt the new features you design and develop.Glen Background At Marketo,…

2022 Predictions

I like doing this annually. It would be easier if I had a crystal ball, so if anyone has one, please let me borrow it. 2020 Prediction Score I skipped 2021 apparently. But how did I do with 2020 predictions? Joe Biden wins. Check.Tennis. Stuck at 4.5. Check. Winners of Opens: One exception, but mostly…

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Things 2021

Things I love My Tesla Model 3. It’s the only car I have ever loved. My iPad Pro. I use it 10x every day. It is light and fast. It’s a terrific device. No other tablet compares.Playing Tennis – Especially in the summerFigma – Especially when I can co-design with someoneFiber Internet Access – Whoosh!…

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#BoycottSamsung

I just had the worst experience with Samsung and vow never to buy anything from them ever again. #BoycottSamung SamsungSucks I had purchased a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 for my wife. Their website shows people swimming with it. On their website it talks about the water resistance. And I quote… The … Galaxy Watch4 ……

Interactive Tree Component in Figma

Figma (much to my sadness) has no built in UI components like a tree or a table. These are UI elements I use every day. So I have been experimenting with how to make these in the most efficient manner using auto-layout, and interactive components. . I just published my interactive tree component to the…

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Ink Master Review 2021

What is Ink Master? Ink Master is a reality competition focused on the world of tattoos. (Top Chef for tattoos) Hosted by guitarist Dave Navarro, the show has 13 seasons although only 4 are available on Netflix. This review is only for seasons 1-4 I see Ink Master as an art competition. They call the…

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An Organization is a Garden

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. – Audrey Hepburn The Garden Every organization is like a garden and they come in all shapes and sizes. It might be a backyard garden meant to grow edible (useful) food. It might be a rose garden meant to experience and delight. It could be a…

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The Reward for Helping Someone

When I meet with a person to help them, the truth is that I probably get more out of it than them.Glen Lipka, 2021 Is this how you feel? or is it just me? There is a plethora of information hanging out in my head. Experiences, metaphors, advice, information architecture, user interface, people I know;…

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Designers: Master your tools

I’ve been speaking with many junior designers trying to hire someone. One question I ask them is how good they are at their design tool. (Figma, Adobe XD, etc) The answer I have been getting is about 7/10. This is really shocking to me, especially considering they are graduating from prestigious design colleges. What are…

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How to Speak in Metaphor

One thing people who know me say is that I use more metaphors than the average person. It has become the way I speak, especially at work. Someone recently asked me how that works and how the metaphors come to me. The technique starts with an understanding of how your mind works. Based on several…

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Rules for a Good Figma Design System

The Design System or Library in Figma is a critical tool in scaling your operation beyond a single designer and project. Like everything, it can be done well or poorly. It’s all about the details. My best version of this was at Treasure Data where it was the backbone of all designs. Tiffany Trinh led…

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Applicant Tracking Systems

I’ve used three systems (that I can remember) for applicant tracking. This is a brief summary of each. Lever.co I used Lever at two different companies. It was not a perfect system, but after using others, I think it’s the best I have experienced. My summary: The chrome extension for LinkedIn is actually very useful.…

Hiring: Falkonry 2021

UPDATE: (Jan 6, 2022) the position has been filled. Ill post more as they open. Thanks! Falkonry is growing and has several positions open! Product Designer Right now, I am designing alone, but the workload is too much. I need a full time design partner to work with me. Remote is OK, but Bay Area…

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Product Prioritization Framework

Often an organization argues about what the feature priorities should be. There is a simple framework that you can use to sort features in a backlog. This works best when you have a large backlog of features and limited engineering bandwidth. (So basically everyone) Backlog items A backlog item is usually a story or epic…

Drag and Drop Order UX Pattern

This has been covered pretty extensively, but I often find myself wanting to have some stuff compiled for easy access. Drag and drop patterns are different depending on what you are doing, but I generally put them into two camps. Grid drag-drop The two most obvious examples are a spreadsheet and a Tree. GMail uses…

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Restaurant Marketing

Promotion from Doordash Marketing should not include shenanigans. Marketing should give you value, not trick you. When you read this promotion, it makes you think “Oh good, half off my order!” No, read the last part. It’s only up to $10. Keep in mind that Doordash is not free. It costs alot to have it…

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The Logic of Differentiation

I’ve covered differentiation in detail before. There is one thing about it that I didn’t cover. I talk to design candidates about this all of the time. Premise: 100 people are looking at your product or site or portfolio. Case 1: It’s the same If everything you have is the same as the competition, then…

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Career Pivot 2021

Life is funny. You make your decisions, but your predictions end up moving down a different path than you expected. I wish I had that magic crystal ball I’ve been asking for. TL;DR I’m stepping down as Head of Design at Warmly and will be a part time executive coach for them. Additionally, I will…

New Laptop: Lenovo T15g

Laptops come in many shapes and sizes (just like people). Type~WeightProsConsDesktop20+Best performanceStationaryLuggable6lbsGood performance, portableHeavyPortable4lbsLess expensiveUglyUltraportable2lbsSexy, lightExpensiveComputer Size Pros and Cons For years, I skewed towards portables and ultraportables. They were cool looking. Examples are MacBook Pro/Air and the Del XPS series and my current Galaxy Book Pro 360. The only drawback was price. They were…