When you start your computer you press a power button to get electricity to flow through its internal circuits. The power button of the world computer is an interface, that will help you become part of the circuitry. Here is how it will look and generate money for you in the future.

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We had the chance to work on an interface that’s required to kick-start the most advanced version of a world computer. In the following post I will briefly outline what makes Ethereum a world computer, write about the novel UX challenges for blockchain user interfaces and describe some approaches to solutions. …

Let’s face it, most remote teams lack the ability to foster transparency. Often, the lack of transparency propels depression and self worth. If not addressed, remote team contributors feel undervalued. Here at Deep Work, we discovered a process with simple tools to boost your team in a healthier and more productive manor, especially in a remote environment.

This article is an attempt to share our mission at Deep Work along with the tools we use today to prevent remote burnout. The inspiration for our mission is personal.

Step 1: Use a text-based communication software daily — and be succinct

Several years ago I felt depressed and undervalued at work, nobody seemed to pick up on my emotional state or help me and what’s worse — I could see on my coworker’s faces that I was not alone. I decided to start an experiment — the aim was to make employees and leaders aware of each others emotions with a simple check-in and it turned out to uncover much more — and completely transformed the remote company I run today. …

A quick review of running multiple Remote Sprints at once

On February 19th we ran an experiment — what if we guide several teams at the same time through Deep Work Sprints, with each time working on a similar problem? In the following I will describe how we did it, what the results look like and how we can scale Deep Work Sprints into infinity, thus creating a structure for solving very high-stake problems in a short amount of time with very little resources.

The initial structure of a Deep Work Sprint is very simple — it’s basically a more structured GV’s Design Sprint, split into three four-hour days, with all participants working remotely.
It enables a team to align on a problem statement, build an MVP and test it with real users in 6 days.

Learnings from 10 years of product interviews for research.

Good product design requires frequent user tests and interviews to build the right products quickly. But if we want to do them right, it’s just not enough to do a questionnaire anymore — we want to take a deep look inside their brain and understand their honest opinion and behaviour.

Below are a few of the techniques I’ve learned and apply to improve the quality and results of my interviews. They help me getting honest feedback, shaping the product and navigating strategically.

Feedback based vs. Outcome based research

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Many teams still rely on pure user feedback when iterating on their product. They refer to comments from the community to make decisions about new features and end up losing focus. It seems easy to just drop a message “What is the #1 feature you would like to see in the new app?” or read through angry messages that someone would love to have more blades on their razor (in case of a physical product). …

Experts estimate that the rate of medical misdiagnosis is somewhere between 15–50%. The errors in the medical industry cost a lot of time and money, but most importantly, many human lives. We attempt to create a platform for the rapid diagnosis of complex medical conditions using telemedicine that leverages cross-sectional expertise to rapidly identify possible problems that any single physician might miss.

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An Experiment for a Better Diagnostic Approach

The process of medical treatment of patients is, without doubt, flawed. It incentivises treatment for financial reward and symptom assessment often lacks a wholistic approach, because every patient’s life is different.

Yes, you will also learn a cool magic trick

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Being a hobby magician, after starting a “real job” in UX design I began seeing many patterns in common with magic and realized that I could transfer skills between the two worlds.

I’ll try to summarize the commonalities here and give you some insight into my approach to create compelling experience design. So here’s how I approach both. I tried to divide the ideas in three parts:
Story, Effect and Technique.

The pharmaceutical industry is geared towards maintaining outdated medicine, pushes doctors towards quick solutions and blocks new innovative research. We help the team behind Molecule to solve this massive problem using software.

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In April 2019 we were approached by Paul Kohlhaas with a product that sounded like it’s from the future. A software, which uses incentive mechanisms to motivate investors - making them fund promising medical inventions instead of financially stable medical products which “keep selling”. …

My ex-colleague Jonathan Courtney wrote an article about how to run a highly productive exercise for solving creative problems in a team while avoiding tedious discussions. I highly recommend reading it and trying it in your next meeting. Here is how you can achieve the same and even more while not being on the same location.

Teams have a very special dynamic when they work together and you are not always lucky enough to have the perfect, most synergetic team, that needs 30 minutes and it the problem is solved. This happens sometimes, but is almost left to chance if you build a team by selecting people individually. …

A few months ago I wrote an article on how to run an entire Design Sprint from different locations. After comparing my remote work with other remote companies I came across few principles, or challenges, we all had in common. Below I have listed them in no particular order.

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Principle #1:

Be a good communicator

People are social creatures who need to share their thoughts and if they are not in the same room, many communication channels disappear. It’s important enough to be very clear to your team (especially with different languages), but it’s even more important to make sure everyone is on the same page when working remotely. …

Cryptocurrencies have become overwhelmingly popular with millions being invested into seemingly meaningless “coins”. But what does that all mean? Why are people saying it will change the world? Will it change the world?
I want to briefly explain what you should know so you don’t miss out on the technological development and understand what it means for the money in your bank account.

But first, let’s begin at the beginning:

Part 1: The Internet

Before jumping straight into what blockchains are and what bitcoin is, let me briefly show you the basic structure of the internet. If you feel like you know it, please feel free to skip to “Part2: The Blockchain”, but it’s important to understand the financial interests of all parties and how they are interconnected. …


Andrej Berlin

Product Designer by day, Magician by night. I like you!

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