Tag: Random

  • US Constitution: Article II, Clause 2

    “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress… US Constitution: Article II, Clause 2 Why does this matter? There is no such thing as a “right to […]

  • S.K.Y. Restaurant Review

    I had an incredible meal in Chicago last week. It was quite memorable. I wish I could eat at places like this every day. Here is my experience at S.K.Y. Restaurant. The Entrance I didn’t even realize it was the restaurant. There is no sign. No windows in. It’s just this door. Super weird. Inside,…

  • The Design Wheel

    Lately, I have been mentoring (about twice a week) junior designers through ADPList. I have the philosophy that everything in life is designed (for better or worse). Everything from your house/apartment, to the things inside it, to how you dress and talk and run your meetings. Everything can benefit from basic design thinking. When I…

  • Figma Interactive Tree v3b

    Figma Community File Rule of product design #7: Always show your work in prototype. Never make people look at your canvas. There reason to use a prototype is to curate the experience for your consumer which may include engineers, product managers, and even users/prospects. Having your designs be nearly high fidelity and realistic will get…

  • Employee Journey Maps

    One thing I do with people I manage is a yearly journey map. Basically, I sit them down and give them a whiteboard or printed piece of paper with this template: Then I ask them to draw their yearly journey from left to right. The line goes up and down based on their own perceptive…

  • Recommended Movies and Series

    When I suggest a movie or series, I try hard to match the person’s tastes so they like the suggestion. I take pride if the person likes what I suggest and feel badly if they don’t. These are some of the things I personally think are great. However, without knowing you, mileage may vary. TV…

  • Mentoring

    I have been mentoring for over 15 years. I find tremendous gratification in helping someone else succeed. Lately, I have been trying out some mentor platforms that help mentors and mentees connect. They are PlatoHQ and ADPList. For the mentees, PlatoHQ is a paid service and ADPList is free. Neither provide any incentives for the…

  • Creative Block

    I’ve written six posts in a row and erased them all before publishing. They just didn’t seem all that compelling to me after I wrote them. I think I am having some form of creative block right now. Things I deleted Why America is freaking me out right now Why we don’t need masks anymore…

  • WordPress 5.9 (Day 1)

    I’ve been using WordPress since 2005. I used Blogger in 2004 and hand crafted before that. That’s 17 years on the same product for this blog. It’s an absolute miracle that a single product could sustain itself, modernize, and innovate for that long. And frankly, they have dominated website hosting for small businesses. WordPress powers 455…

  • How to: Inbox Zero

    Inbox Zero is a technique (coined by Merlin Mann) for managing your email account with ruthless efficiency. I have been maintaining this technique for about 5 years and can show you how to achieve it. Note: The technique is possible in other mail tools, but for the purposes of this post, we will only be…

  • Digital Dadaism

    Dada: a movement in art and literature based on deliberate irrationality and negation of traditional artistic values Merriam Webster Key dates: 1916-1924 Key regions: Switzerland, Paris, New York Keywords: Chance, luck, nonsense, anti-art, readymade Key artists: Hugo Ball, Marcel Duchamp, Hans (Jean) Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Hannah Höch, Man Ray, Francois Picabia Key characteristics: Humoristic, tending towards the absurd, satirical attitude towards authority…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 summer Figma – Especially when I can co-design with someone Fiber Internet…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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

    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 delivered. So this…

  • 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…