This really lowers the bar for what’s considered message-worthy to begin with. Email may have had its flaws with its “FWD: FWD: CC: FWD You have to read this!!1!” jokes sent from distant family members, but my god in heaven do those sound like the halcyon days of tranquility compared to the Diet-Coke-and-Mentos-like explosion of cat gifs, bot feeds, and emoji mashups you’ve brought into my life.
These are people who have been beaten, and burned, and raped, and shot, and hanged because they stood up for their own basic dignity. Not people asking to take something from someone else. Not people threatening harm. People asking for an equal right to vote, to have freedom from violence, access to education and housing, and the right to make a living.
Centralization. The second element that made Slack so popular was that it simultaneously centralized communications while insulating users from distractions. Rather than using Slack to chat, Dropbox to share files, and Outlook to send email, users could now rely on Slack for all three of these functions. This eliminated the distraction of switching between multiple programs and limiting notifications to just one app.
Transparency. Before Slack, there was no way for an employee to see what other people on other teams were working on, besides getting up and walking over to a colleague in another department. Slack changed all that by allowing teams to not only see what they were working on, but to access a lasting record of all communications surrounding projects, teams, and even entire departments.
etit…oon became the most popular chat and productivity tool in the world used by 77% of the Fortune 100. By testing Slack on its own development team over a prolonged period of time, the company knew exactly how people were using its product long before unveiling Slack to the world — a crucial competitive advantage that propelled Slack to unprecedented heights of success.
ig deal, you’re the designer, you get to make it brown. Diogenes, Person: Yea but, I’m … become an activist and start a movement or something. Diógenes, Brown Person: It’s not a big deal, you’re the designer, you get to make it brown. Diogenes, Person: Yea but, I’m going to ask Matt to do it, that’s like, making a thing of it. Dióge…
Product designers are not graded on how many features we ship, like many engineering teams, but the quality of the feature and its impact on users. Product Designers are not only focused on aesthetics and experience, but impact—meaning we have to be thoughtful of, and seek out, metrics, telemetry, feedback, user sentiment, etc.