Meaningful Adjacencies

“Abigail Ross Goodman, lost her best friend, who’d been on the ninety-sixth floor of the North Tower, when Flight 11, with her father aboard, crashed into it—a meaningful adjacency, to be sure.” – New Yorker Michael Arad, the designer behind the World Trade Center memorial, describes meaningful adjacencies as a way of organizing names in space to convey a … More Meaningful Adjacencies

Designing a Better World

Start with a person. Observe them. Define their problems. Understand their problems. Discover and anticipate their latent needs. Ideate. Take stock of any limitations. Demand limitations. Focus on the best solution, worry about resources later. Prototype a product to solve the problem. Iterate. Incorporate data learnings Don’t forget about the person. Test. Test. Test. Then test … More Designing a Better World

Deep Work

The concept of Deep work is one that I’ve been trying to put a name on for years. Deep work is structuring your work for mastery. It’s about not responding to every email, not taking every meeting, and not working on any project. It’s the opposite of what most people are doing today. Deep work requires a plan, … More Deep Work

Thinking for Yourself

What do Descartes, Aristotle, and Elon Musk all have in common? They reason from first principles. First principles are basic foundational propositions that cannot be derived from any other proposition or assumption. The benefit of first principle thinking is that it leads to new solutions, more frequently, than reasoning by analogy. When you reason by analogy, you … More Thinking for Yourself

Sol 1

If Seth Godin can write 5 posts a day–I can write 1. Last week I listened to a Podcast with Seth Godin where he extolled the virtues of writing regularly. Much of what he said struck a cord with me, and so I’m giving it a shot. Writing has always been one of my most … More Sol 1