I agree that it’s important (even critical?) not to confuse graphics with automatic clarity. A few concise bullet points generated automatically may provide greater insight than all the dashboard items you can fit on a page.
The caveat in my mind is that often, interpreting data successfully into a summary requires the…
One aspect of technology that is both wonderful and terrible is the rapid propagation of new information.
Knowledge is not confined to silos, nor can it be easily blockaded by a single entity, yet false, misleading, overhyped, or simply misunderstood information may spread like wildfire.
I think it’s also important to consider the impact of otherwise healthy product competition.
If you think of the retro-classic “home of the future,” it doesn’t include a hodgepodge of products from different companies each employing unique protocols such that the devices can barely speak to one another. The urge to iterate…
A couple notes on string distances —
Levenshtein is fast but I believe may have issues with multibyte encodings — not hard to get around, but something to be aware of.
Consider also the Metaphone algorithm (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaphone) for contexts…
I totally agree that it’s important — even critical — to focus on what you do and what you get out of it personally, rather than what the external outcome is (being “outcome-agnostic” as I like to put it).
But it’s also true that the outcome is the factor by which you inevitably measure your life. Your goals and dreams rely on it. If you want…
The challenge is in differentiating the two — we all have our own ideas of what makes the world better, so it’s difficult to separate true progress from our ego-driven goals. This is where communication and collaboration come in to play, to gain some objectivity.
Great article. The balance between being yourself — which might be obsessively private or effusively public — and being a “brand” may never be completely solved, but I like your approach.
For myself, I know I often struggle to do what I “ought to” as a brand, which leaves me feeling empty and artificial. I’m slowly learning…
These two words by themselves are huge. People are obsessed with creating content — afraid of being silent — and end up contributing garbage content to the giant pile of mal-content that clutters up the internet.
Of course, you should be able to say whatever you want, but that doesn’t mean you ought to — especially if you’re trying to drive forward a brand or business.