Week 46


Nate Langley
Dec 13, 2019 · 2 min read
A diagram I sketched to explain the fundamentals of how our design culture works. This was for someone who is looking to set something up in another part of the Co-op and is likely wrong.
  • Tunes 🎧
  • Started the week apologising for a snotty DM I sent late Friday afternoon for a thing I didn’t have the full picture of. After I found out more context my reaction looked even worse. Messaging anyone about something that should be said face to face is a no no let alone on a Friday evening. My wife framed it perfectly: ‘how would you feel if you got that message on a Friday night?’ Yeah, I’m an idiot.
  • Spent a lot of time trying to explain really complex systems to stakeholders. I usually get a blank expression back. I’ve purposefully kept out of the decision making of this complexity. Preferring to wait until smarter people (people better with data) make the decision and then I can make the complex simple. But it seems this has left me at a disadvantage as I don’t know the reasons why we have reached that conclusion. So when I’m on the front line getting a barrage of questions I get bamboozled.
  • It was one of those weeks where I struggled to see the value I add. Props to Dave for reminding me that it might be systemic of working in a large organisation. He said some things to boost my feels. Still, I feel like I just put peoples noses out of joint by crashing their workflows. But there’s reasons, k?
  • One of those reasons is accessibility. We’ve been delivering a lot of really good stuff recently, but it seems that some standards have fallen through the cracks. Time to fix. Design for Everyone, damn it.
  • I’m looking forward to the time off to be honest. I need to reflect on my career and what I want from this role. Being a Principal has been tough this year on almost every front. A New Year is a great chance to realign myself and start with some fresh goals. I’m thinking around focussing on Membership and what it means to the communities we’re in. Just thinking.
  • Talking of the end of the year, I’m working through Tom Whitwell’s 52 things I learned in 2019. Good reads in there.
  • I broke my self imposed ban of politics talk on twitter. It’s been leading up to this to be honest. Liking and retweeting things of a socialist nature. It culminated in this pithy tweet. But fuck it. It effectively confirmed my suspicions: the world is divided into people who are mindful of their impact in society and people that can’t see anything past their own ego. The socially minded have got a lot of listening and working to do over the next 5 years. I reactivated my labour membership. Anyway, now I’m wound up it’s time to check out.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade