What Chess Can Teach You About Making Decisions

A couple of topics I frequently come back to are decision-making and iteration. Decision-making is central to the design of anything. An iterative process provides a roadmap to improving and shaping something over time. You might think I formed these opinions while studying design, but the truth is they came to me while learning to play chess. Sometimes you learn things in unexpected places.

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Mea Culpa — How A Lapse In Focus Helped Me Write A Book

I have a confession to make. I’m guilty of not putting my all into this blog for the last few months. It’s not that I wasn’t putting effort into it. It’s that my main focus was elsewhere, leading to a loss of focus everywhere else, including here.

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Subjective And Objective Design Choices

Earlier this year I said that good design is subjective. I’m guessing quite a few people would disagree with that statement. Most of us want to believe we’re objective decision-makers who rationally think about problems and solutions and make choices based on objective principles. The truth is a little different.

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Why Understanding Design History Will Make You A Better Designer Today

The context in which you receive information impacts your interpretation of the information. It impacts the opinions you form and it impacts the decisions you make. Studying history is one way you can add context that will impact your understanding of design in a positive way.

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What I’d Tell My Younger Self To Offer Context For Learning Web Design And Development

When it comes to learning, I always stress that both theory and practice are important. One reason theory is important is because it helps you build a context for learning. It helps you direct your study and it helps you better understand the subject you’re learning.

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