If you have stumbled upon this post, you should know that this is the fifth and final chapter in a short handbook on digital product design. If you missed the previous chapters, they are linked below.

Table of Contents

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.” ― Marshall McLuhan

Chapter Five: Design Toolkit

In Chapter Four, we discussed how you could use the design process to solve a functional problem with a formal solution. …


If you have stumbled upon this post, you should know that this is the fourth chapter in a short handbook on digital product design. If you missed the previous chapters, they are linked below.

Table of Contents

Chapter Four: What is a Design Process?

In chapter one of this handbook, we defined product design as a process to solve a functional problem with a formal solution, or the entire process toward a solution. In this chapter, we will discuss this process in detail.

While in practice, this process…


If you have stumbled upon this post, you should know that this is the third chapter in a short handbook on digital product design. If you missed the previous chapters, they are linked below.

Table of Contents

I can not go much further in this handbook without discussing Design Thinking and its role in product design. …


If you have stumbled upon this post, you should know that this is the second chapter in a short handbook on digital product design. If you missed the previous chapters, they are linked below.

Table of Contents

In the first chapter, I introduced you to the topic of product design, what it is, and how it relates to building digital products. …


Introduction

In 1971, designer and educator Victor Papanek wrote:

“All men are designers. All that we do, almost all the time, is design, for design is basic to all human activity. The planning and patterning of any act towards a desired, foreseeable end constitutes the design process. Any attempt to separate design, to make it a thing-by-itself, works counter to the inherent value of design as the primary underlying matrix of life. . . . Design is the conscious effort to impose meaningful order.” [1]

Why am I writing this?

Over the last few years, I have worked at the forefront of scaling design in large…


Illustration by Phanat Nen

Background

I’ve worked in and around tech for close to ten years. I’ve been a developer, project manager, product manager, designer, and a sales guy. I’ve worn many hats.

My desire to start a digital health company was born out of my families personal experience caring for my grandmother as she aged with Alzheimers and Dementia. I saw a system that was inefficient, outdated, slow, dangerous, and insert your favorite adjective to describe what is eating up close to 18% of our GDP as a nation. I had to do something about it.

Our experience as a family coordinating in-home and…


Does anyone remember Taboo? It was that game where you had guess the word on your partners card without using the word itself or the 5 other words that were also on the card.

It was THE game played by all the cool kids in the early 90's. Typically played on a rainy Friday or Saturday nights with some Dominos Pizza and a 2 liter bottle of Coke.

Or was that just me?

Anyway.

I want to bring it back.

But this time, instead of being the game played on rainy Friday nights, I want to create a new version…

Andrew Zallie

Musings on innovation, technology, and design.

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