Some of you after reading this headline might be like, wait, they’re still around? Others of you, over 100 million of you, are current Flipboard users. Many of you remember Flipboard as the best iPad app for reading news and articles when it came out in 2010, winning several design…

Note: I didn’t really want to write this article, but am doing so at others’ urging hoping it’ll give other job hunters some hope, some insights, or at least a laugh.

There’s an idea held by many that the more experienced you are, the more accomplished you are, the better…

  1. There are three great design themes: making something beautiful, making something easier, and making something possible.
  2. Design is the art of the possible.
  3. Design isn’t just about problem solving; it’s about creating a more humane future.
  4. The purpose of any design is to make a hole where the future may…

A list of the 10 books I read in 2020. Usually, this list is 30+ books long but 2020 was such a shitshow, I just couldn’t focus. So the list is pretty pitiful.

Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

My Sister the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite

Rising Strong, Brene Brown

Why We’re Polarized, Ezra Klein

Crazy Time, Abigail Trafford

Research for My Novel

Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City during the Revolution, Ruma Chopra

Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War, Kenneth A. Daigler

Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father, George Goodwin

Books on Writing

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, Jessica Brody

Make a Scene: Writing a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, Jordan Rosenfeld

The 10th annual (!!!) collection of the best articles nominally about design that I’ve found this year, alphabetical by author. I’m not sure if the list is shorter this year because less was written, or because I saw less, or because those of us in the US are facing a…

Excellence, not success.

Discipline, not talent.

Courage, not self-doubt.

Action, not complacency.

Elegance, not luxury.

Forgiveness, not resentment.

Curiosity, not certainty.

Gratitude, not envy.

Creation, not complaining.

Weirdness, not conformity.

Finished, not perfect.

The late cognitive scientist and Nobel Laureate Herb Simon famously said that “To design is to devise courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.” While this definition firmly places designing as a core human activity, the definition in praxis is far too broad. It doesn’t take…

Dan Saffer

Designer. Product Leader. Author.

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