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For Developers Learning Design

There are a few resources that I’ve found useful to teach developers about design.

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Dev-as-Marketing

From my blog post, “Charles Gross on Product Marketing and Dev-as-Marketing (2013)”


I watched this YT video via the YT rec engine this morning. It is way back in 2013 from a Google Ventures startup gathering in SV the same year that I landed there — so I wish I saw this live!

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Design and Developer Partnerships

I did an interview with Rachel Been that posted over here. —JM


Rachel Been: Designers are often labeled as dreamers, and developers as pragmatists. What’s at the root of this shorthand?

John Maeda: I think the education system has created this dichotomy. While studying at MIT, I had the engineer’s problem of being able to build anything, but not knowing what to build. It was only after attending art school—and discovering what to build—that I could combine the two. It takes a developer who’s gone to the design side to appreciate what engineering can be, and it takes a designer who understands that the “religion” they were taught is slightly incorrect, because it was conceived when there weren’t high-end computational systems. If you think of designing a chair out of wood, that religion still works fine, because that’s something that creates a great chair. However, if you’re making something on the computer, that religion has to adapt and change.

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We Always Go Back

I recall noticing when I was younger that folks who go across many fields tend to go back to their home field when they get older. Hmmmm. I wonder if that’s what’s happening to me? —JM

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Hello World

Hi there, This is YAB (Yet Another Blog) I’m starting. It’s using a vintage, six-year old WordPress theme by a friend of mine. —JM

I like this speed score …
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We’re moving from Capitalism to Talentism

I’ve been reading an old McKinsey report from HBR (2001) about the “War For Talent” by Ed Michaels, Helen Handfield-Jones, and Beth Axelrod and loved this table:

The Old Reality
The New Reality
People need companies Companies need people
Machines, capital, and
geography are the
competitive advantage
Talented people
are the competitive
advantage
Better talent makes
some difference
Better talent makes a
huge difference
Jobs are scarce Talented people are scarce
Employees are loyal and jobs are secure People are mobile and their
commitment is short term
People accept the standard
package they are offered
People demand much more
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Why videoconferencing is useful in an all-distributed team

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I am a fan of all modes of tele-anything because I find it to be one of the two great things that electricity enables for us (the second one being refrigeration).

When talking one-to-one on the phone, all is well because there is an understood “dance” we have all learned around taking turns. But when talking one-to-many on the phone, it works well if it is a 1-way broadcast — but a teleconference is a “conference” versus a tele-pontification. Instead, the painfully chaotic dance that comes to happen on a teleconference call with many-to-many is the subject of a lot of great Internet humor, like my all-time favorite:

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