Turning experts into beginners

That’s what happens when a redesign of something is done for the sake of a redesign without real user value being created or user problems being solved. That seems to be what has happened at Optimizely today with the launch of their new “Homepage” – i.e. the page that lists all your running or paused experiments. …

Love blogging? Look behind the curtain.

Originally posted on NaptimeWriting:
I attended and spoke at WordCamp San Francisco this year, and the experience, community, content, and implications blew my mind. Holy moly, did I ever. I attended the technical sessions and understood, genuinely, 20% of what I heard in the weekend’s presentations. Okay, maybe 15%. I don’t know the acronyms, I…

Red Gate refines its focus

I was glad to read yesterday that Red Gate has announced a full focus on “Database Lifecycle Management.” Before I joined Automattic, I worked at Red Gate for a good few years and in the last couple of years I was there the company experimented a lot with different business models and products in the face …

How do I get myself a design career?

About once a month I get a random email from an aspiring designer asking me a variation of the question: “I don’t have a background in design but I’d really like to get into UX design. What can I do?” Most often these questions come from people with a background in data science, journalism/writing, psychology …