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This week, I described the feeling of transitioning between heads down designing to heads up strategy thinking as like getting the bends.
In week 40, I spent days with my headphones in, crafting pixels, hardly speaking to anyone. Then suddenly I had to come up: engage with stakeholders, tell the story of the design, knit it with the wider strategy. It was disorientating and made me feel a bit ill.
As a result, I made sure I took it a bit easier on myself this week. That’s not to say that I didn’t have loads…
Music I’ve been listening to this week — the week I discovered the best Nina Simone track ever! Bit of a banging week of music, which is a good reflection of the words below.
If last week was a week of riding the big wave, this was the week I crashed spectacularly on the rocks. Far from the beach.
As all weeks do, this week started in the last. I was buoyed after a great design review with a Very Important Person midweek 38. My sketches of a future vision had gone down well. Time to fire up Sketch. …
Here is some music I have on repeat this week 👩🎤🎵
Talking about the design, thinking about design, planning design, doing design. This week I’ve been in my element.
This makes me reflect on how much the talking and planning in the weeks leading up to times like this is part of the process too. Looking back on the previous month it’s easy to see that most of my time was looking at how to do design. Planning research, stakeholder interviews, influencing teams and people. All so I can open sketch and draw some rectangles.
Research happened this week across…
Tunes I’ve been listening to this week here!
I’ve been mentally exhausted this week as it’s been a rollercoaster of one.
Some of the music I’ve been listening to this week. Bit more chill than usual.
Last week I wrote about some tests that I had planned. This week was all about getting those out.
We have a bunch of assumptions and ideas. Some are from the exec, some are from the team. We are starting to formulate a plan of sorts. We have a workshop organised by the insight team that I’ve helped steer. But I have also spotted an opportunity to utilise our own resources to test actual behaviour. …