When I tell people I co-founded a tech startup, they often ask what exactly I do and how I was able to start a tech company. I’m a self-taught designer and, knowing that I’m not a developer, they’re often confused as to how I would fit into a startup working with end-to-end encryption and blockchain technology.
There’s a short and a long-ish answer.
This is part two in a series of three articles that critically examine Dieter Rams’ ten principles for good design. This article covers principles 4–7. For an introduction and the first three principles, check out part one here.
It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.
Whether we think of physical or digital products, it’s clear we only ever have a short period of time where we can accept not grasping what this thing is all about. After that time, frustration sets in. …
This article will critically chart my thinking and experience of putting ethical design into practice with the startup, Akord. As a practical, real-world case study, I’ve included lots of links to relevant videos, articles, websites, as well as code snippets.
I co-founded Akord earlier this year along with two others. Our mission is to build a privacy hub where the storage, management and transfer of important and sensitive data would be secured through end-to-end encryption and zero-knowledge proof cryptography. The rules of the privacy hub would protect individuals’ data rights and also ensure regulatory compliance for organisations.
It comes as no surprise when I say that privacy is a topic we care and think about deeply. It was in thinking about the ethics of privacy and ideas such as privacy by design, that the doors to sustainable UX and the broader ideas of ethical design were opened up to me. If we wanted to be ethical in regards to privacy, shouldn’t we be as ethical as we can in every other area of our work? …