April 26, 2020

Weeknote CW18 (S2e2)

Questions this season are from Question Cards.

Another week in iso.

Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

Monday-Wednesday: Finished a re-do of a report for a client. I thought it was good. They thought it had too much theory and not enough practicality. Fair enough.

Company names are always made up and change week to week.

My team started a project we won last week with Icescape Industries. It’s sort of the same as a project we recently finished with Ogre Lighting but we’re working much closer to the executive at Icescape.

A bit more bizdev here and there.

Thursday: I gave a version of my Design Research 2020 talk for the 4th year Industrial Design class at QUT and then another version for everyone in Symplicit. I really like it, but I think it’s also a very strange talk. Everyone seems to like it though.

Friday: More work with the team working on the Icescape gig and some more bizdev.

What do I wish would be different?

As much as I’m an introvert, and coping well, it’d be nice to be out of iso.

Actually, it’d be nice to get back into the other timeline, where we didn’t have Covid-19.

Draw a timeline of what has happened

What were my high points?

Two high points:

  1. When my team started some great projects and I could tell a couple of them that they were coming off stand down.
  2. Having a spirited discussion with a client about an approach we were talking.

What am I sad about?

Sad? Nothing. It’d be nice to get back to normal but first we need to make a new normal, I think.

Who do I want to become?

Pretty happy being me, thanks Question Cards.

Which decisions am I not making?

I think I’m procrastinating on two sort-of-personal and sort-of-self-promotional projects. Not sure why.

April 26, 2020

Two spaces

Chairman Gruber:

Bringhurst has always been the final word on this for me.

The two-spaces thing has been a debate” only in the way that wondering if the earth is round, or if man landed on the moon, or if you should smash up a couple of cherries and orange wedges while mixing an Old Fashioned, have ever been debates. One side has all the experts in agreement; the other side is wrong.

April 21, 2020

I always thought it was real

We’re one month into a worldwide experiment to learn whether the internet alone can produce sufficient meaning on its own, or whether we must keep mining our memories of an embodied shared reality to bridge this gap.

Drew Austin’s Kneeling Bus #122

April 21, 2020

On Painting and Money and Success

Damien Hirst:

You start by thinking you’ll get one assistant and before you know it you’ve got biographers, fire eaters, jugglers, fucking minstrels and lyre players all wandering around. They’re all saying they aren’t being paid enough and they all need assistants. Then one night you ask the lyre player to play for you and they say: My lyre is all scratched up and I did ask for a lyre technician but you said not yet and if I had one I could come and play for you now.” So you’ve got to have a lyre technician and then you better get him an Uber account too.

/via Benedict Evans’ newsletter.

April 19, 2020

Weeknote CW17 (S2e1)

Hello, internet! This is season 2 of weeknotes. It’s also all this. You know what I mean.

Last season I was using the weeknote questions from the Sartori Lab, choosing five from a randomised list in a spreadsheet. (find those questions at item six in this post by Sam Villis.)

This season I’m using Mathias Jakobsen and Dave Grays Question Cards. Each week I’ll pick two beginnings”, two feelings”, one insight” and one action”.

But first, a short summary of the week.

Monday-Friday: on leave. Which meant I spent slightly more time on the couch and slightly less time at my desk. I mostly baked and watched stupid things on YouTube. We also kicked off a new project with Enigma Enterprises 1, so that’s cool.

And now, the questions.

What do I currently believe to be true?

About myself: I need a shave! I’m sleeping in more than I used to. I might be procrastinating more. It’s hard to say.

Really, question cards?

About the world: It’s kind of screwed up, isn’t it? Through no real fault of our own. Those posters that ask what did you do in the pandemic, Daddy — the right answer for me is stayed home, like a total legend”. It’s about what we do now we’re in this. Is UX the right thing? Maybe.

What do I wish would be different?

Can we get back on the other timeline where we only had one generation-defining problem to solve?

In the less generation-defining sense, I’d like more certainty for my team. More than half of them are in limbo, employed but not really. All I can do is the same as always, get good work out the door and find other people who want what we provide.

Who drains my energy?

Everyone. People who meet me professionally don’t believe it, but I am very introverted, in the sense that social interaction is draining and I need downtime. Being in the house with my family is ok, because we’re all the same, so the house is quiet and we leave each other alone.

Zoom (Skype, Teams, whatever) calls are tiring in a different way. There’s those articles that were floating about social media explaining why but that doesn’t make them less so.

What am I sad about?

Generally, all this. Specifically, that my team are stood down and I don’t have good answers for them about when things will go back to normal.

What are my assumptions?

This week is full with work for me. What we do is still in demand as companies try to figure out how to provide their services in a better way.

My family is ok. School-from-home starts for Ms11 and Mr15 tomorrow so that will be an adventure. We have two different school’s approaches to navigate.

Longer term, I assume that we will get back to normal”… never. We’re in the liminal space. Get used to it. Things will want to snap back. We will want them to, as well. The longer we’re in this space, the more new things and practices we’ll invent to cope. The old ways will decay, the new ways will strengthen. The new normal will be the same, but different.

Who will I ask to hold me accountable?

Ask? Everyone will hold me accountable. If I don’t cook, no-one in the house will eat. If I don’t do my work, my team let me know.

  1. All company names are made up and are not consistent week to week. No similarity etc etc.

April 11, 2020

Digital is…

Applying the culture, processes, business models & technologies of the internet era to respond to people’s raised expectations.

Tom Loosemore