The myth of discoverability is the belief that in a design it’s possible to make everything equally easy to find. I’m here to tell you that you can’t. You have limited screen real estate, people have limited attention spans, and brains have limited abilities to perceive things with their eyes.
Version 1.0, 12/1/2016, By Scott Berkun (@berkun) This answers common questions about the election, what happened, what it means for liberal democracy, concepts you need to know and what to do right now. It’s concise. Entire books will be written about the election and this isn’t one of them.
It has been a great few months for my 5th book, The Year Without Pants (about my year managing a team at WordPress.com). Thanks for spreading the word. The book was named an Amazon.com best book of the year, earning attention from Forbes, Publisher’s Weekly, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, ZDNet, and hundreds more.
One consistent annoyance of the holiday season is the terrible music that comes along with it. It seems stores and coffee shops resort to the blandest, most cloying choices in some desperate effort to make sure we are 100% certain what time of year it is.
Last month I took a long train ride from Atlanta to Seattle over six days for my Amtrak Writer’s Residency. Each of the 24 writers chosen in 2014 from nearly 16,000 applicants, took solo trips of their choosing across the USA. We were granted a private sleeper car and free room and board.
I’m honored to be one of the winners of the Amtrak Writer’s Residency. All 24 winners were announced last year, but I finally managed to work it into my schedule this fall.
(I gave the opening comments at a keynote panel on The Next Industrial Design Revolution for IDSA’s Future of the Future event. Here’s an edited version of my brief talk). The first industrial revolution may have been the most dramatic we will ever have.
Recently the New York Times published an article called Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace. It describes Amazon as a tough place to work. Many Amazon employees have rejected the article and written responses critiquing it’s claims ( including an open letter by CEO Jeff Bezos).
Recently Mike Monteiro wrote about whether the AK-47 is worthy of study for a design student. I agree and disagree with him at the same time, which led me to write this response. He wrote: If a thing is designed to kill you, it is, by definition, bad design.
Maybe the challenge of modern life isn’t external distractions, but our lack of practice with concentration? I learned about how to concentrate when I was 15, when I dreamed about playing in the NBA. To help with my goal I read a book by Larry Bird.
I spoke last year at The World Domination Summit about Saving Your Creative Soul, and had such an excellent time I decided to return. Like last year I’m posting live summaries of every talk ( 2014 talk summaries here). What is WDS?
(This is an excerpt from chapter 3 of the bestseller, The Myths of Innovation) All the clichés about beginnings are true, at least in part. The history of innovation is large enough that all the sayings, from Plato’s famous “Necessity is the mother of invention” to Emerson’s “Build a better mouse- trap and the world will beat a path to your door” hold some truth.
Recently on The Gist podcast novelist and storytelling coach Matthew Dicks offered his four useful lies of telling true stories. He believes that these careful manipulations of the truth work in the service of the audience. Dicks offered that “All the lies I tell on stage are never told for my benefit, or for the story’s benefit, but for the clarity of the audience”.
I wrote the popular book The Myths of Innovation to capture everything I wish I learned about big ideas before I started my career. I’ve seen bloggers summarize the book into simple lists (or cheezy videos), but here’s a version written by my own hand.
Here’s an oversimplified theory to play with for today: there are only three piles in life. Things that are important Things that are unimportant Things that are unimportant but distract you from what is important Most suffering in life comes from #3. Marketers go to great lengths to generate a large 3rd pile in our lives.
In honor of International Women’s day (next one is Sunday, March 8, 2015) here’s a list of my favorite female innovators of all time. Historical note: what’s most disturbing in the history of all innovation is how unfair history has been to women.