August 2014

Product design and your impact

I’ve written before about [how I think about and talk about design]( While in general I find it important to be specific about the practice you’re doing, there are some broader definitions that are useful. One that occurred to me this morning: *The first act of product design is deciding what effect you want to…more

Future strangers

Couched [in an article about procrastination]( is this fascinating study result: > Using fMRI, Hershfield and colleagues studied brain activity changes when people imagine their future and consider their present…their neural activity when they described themselves in a decade was similar to that when they described Matt Damon or Natalie Portman. If our future selves…more

Science Fiction and Social Fiction

> We have science fiction, and science follows it. We imagine it, and it comes true. Yet we don’t have social fiction, so nothing changes. – [Muhammad Yunus]( A nice quote, and a good motivator, though I do think we have [a couple types]( of [social fiction](

Types of stories

> All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. – [Leo Tolstoy]( > A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes…more