Journal Entries

Usable yet Useless: Why Every Business Needs Product Discovery

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Rian van der Merwe for A List Apart:

A “shiny citadel” from far away, as The Guardian once wrote, up close Bras´┐Żlia has “degraded into a violent, crime-ridden sprawl of cacophonous traffic jams. The real Brazil has spilled into its utopian vision.”

This problem echoes across today’s web landscape as well, where the needs of ordinary users spill constantly into designers’ utopian vision. All around us we see beautiful, empty monuments erected not for their users, but for the people who built them – and the VCs who are scouting them.

‘Digital Bras´┐Żlias’ is a great term for all the beautiful – yet ultimately useless – products emerging from the Valley. Product discovery can help us not only design things better, but design better things.

Material Thinking

Earlier this month, Team Clearleft headed up to London for a day of design related exhibitions: Bauhaus: Art as Life at the Barbican and (after a ride across the city on a ‘Boris Bike’) British Design 1948-2012 and Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary at the V&A.

Now That The Games Have Gone

The last two weeks have been amazing. I tried my best to sample as much of the Olympic fever as I could, but with so much going on, the spectacle was overwhelming. So much to see, so little time to see it.