Ten weeks ago, 2019 rang in and like everyone with a New Year's resolution, I had an ambitious plan. I wanted to write more so I set a goal to write every week about how technology can help change our perspective. I believe that writing forces us to think, which is critical today because we can affect countless lives as quickly as we can press the enter key on our keyboard. …
“I’m going to act illogically today!” are words I’ve never said. I think it’s safe to say that most people haven’t.
Regardless of how strange a behavior might seem, they are committed by rational actors. We often forget that our idea of normal is not universal. How we perceive and act in the world is a result of our context and upbringing.
I get distracted a lot throughout the day. Though my commute to work is only 15 minutes, I don’t think I’ve ever succeeded in keeping one line of thought the entire time.
It may be a millennial malady, but the death of attention is pervasive. Today we think about attention as a currency and as a battlefield to be fought over by corporations.
That being said, although it’s true that the torrent…
Recently, for the first time in a while, I cooked handmade spinach infused pasta. Though I was proud of my achievement, I was less proud that I had leftover ingredients. It turns out that you don’t need an entire block of cheese when cooking for a person or two. Suffice to say, I ate pasta for a while. And some of that cheese… well, it’s still in my fridge.
Living in the city surrounded by more people than people would have met in past lifetimes can ironically be the loneliest thing in the world. We brush shoulders, but never share them. We smile at each other, but never at the joy or sadness that lies behind it.
In the transience of cities and the hustle and bustle of getting ahead, connecting with others and ourselves falls by the wayside. It’s not…
Every now and then we find ourselves wanting to be part of a new thing — whether it be a new city, a new subculture, or even a new relationship.
Usually, however, we immediately get lost. The deluge of new things leave us to reconsider whether the new passion is worth pursuing. The first step to getting involved is the first step to falling out of love.
I spend a good hour a week staring inside stores. Not blankly, but rather into the essential capitalist existential crisis. Should I buy this, or not?
Financial wellbeing is core to our agency — whether it be for the crucial things in life like the roof over our heads, or for the guilty pleasure of a chocolate bar. …
Every couple of months, a conversation about diversity would come up, and I’d cite this story that I read a long time ago. Every time I mention it, I would search for hours trying to find it, but to no avail. I don’t know where it went, or why I can’t find it, but it changed my perspective forever. My butchered oral retelling is something like this:
I grew up as an…
Imagination is a funny thing because it can make us believe that we know something that we, in reality, do not.
Suppose you’re trying to convince your friend the environmental impact of the burger they are in line for. You may tell them that 1lbs of beef requires 1,799 gallons of water. Or that a ¼ lbs burger patty requires 460 gallons of water.
And after barfing data all over the counter…
One of the most fascinating parts of design is how the tiniest details can engender different behavior. For example, when Twitter changed their favorite button to likes, they saw a 28% increase in feature usage. Nevermind the fact that the tiny Like button itself probably modified our social fabric forever.
Right now most note taking app focuses on showing you previous notes rather than creating a note. One can argue that in…