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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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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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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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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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…

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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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…

Resumes in Design Recruiting

Resumes are not useful for design recruiting.Glen Lipka, 2021 I spoke with a recruiter today and they asked, “What should I look for in a designers resume?” My answer was “Nothing in their resume will tell you anything useful.” When I am recruiting, I literally do not even glance at it. What if they went…

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Quick Bits (2021)

Mirrored Video I don’t know why, but I really have never thought deeply about how my image looks in zoom or on videos. When on zoom, my own image looks (to me) like a mirror. If I raise my right arm, it looks in the video like I raise my left arm. We are used…

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Tying a Tie

My son just started an internship with our Congresswoman, Jackie Speier in Washington, DC. He arranged for housing and got himself settled there this week. This is the first job that he has where he needs to wear a suit and tie. We were on zoom and I was walking him through how to tie…

Streaming Live Sports 2021

Every once in a while, I upend my family room and change how everything works. My family loves it. (not) Well, guess what, it’s time again. I currently have a lot of services. Netflix, Hulu, Prime, HBOMax, Disney+, and YouTube TV. All of this streams through a Roku sound bar. Platform I love the Roku…

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Terrible UX: Kia’s new logo

Sometimes I just shake my head in dismay. Today, I was watching the Australia Open on television. In the back of the court is a giant logo that looks like this. My son and I looked at it and said, “What company is that? KN? Maybe the n is backwards. KVI? Maybe the V and…

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When Prophecy Fails

About 15 years ago, I read a book recommended by a mentor at Intuit (Bill Mirbach) called When Prophecy Fails by Leon Festinger. (Wikipedia Article) The book, published in 1956, studies a small UFO religion in Chicago called the Seekers that believed in an imminent apocalypse and what happened when the world did not, in…

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Cartoons Sketches from 1992

I used to doodle all the time. My brother just sent me an old notebook he found. I had this running series of comics about the Assumptions. Creatures from the planet Assump. Get it? Anyway, here is a good sampling of them. RCC was my community college – I wasn’t a good student Assumption Lifecycle,…

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Post Office Idea

Years ago, I used to write holiday cards for all of my coworkers. I would hand write the card and leave it on their desks. Now, in the age of Covid, we are all working from home. This presents a problem. How can I get everyone their holiday cards? I don’t have their addresses and…

Covid Protocols and Tennis

There are Rules My kids (the older 2) are pretty strict about Covid protocols in general. When playing tennis with others, we were following the Official USTA Rules. The rules say “Bring your own can of balls and ONLY touch those. Don’t touch any other set of tennis balls”. The invitations to play tennis also…

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A Brief History of Me (So Far)

Can you put your life into bullet points? Can you summarize and really boil information spanning decades down to its essentials? Let’s give it a try. Act I (Growing up)Born outside NYC in the foresty suburbsWas pretty bad at school, but I read non stopGot into Art pretty early. Loved to drawWent to a local…