How now? Chose a shovel, log, or axe

brandon schauer
Sep 4, 2018 · 4 min read

How do you make it to your envisioned future state? The shovel, log, and axe is a simple metaphor to make your decisions about how to proceed more clear, conscious, and more likely correct.

Okay, here comes the metaphor…

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The Shovel

The Log

The Axe


Metaphor, schmetaphor

User beware


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Stories from Capital One's designers on how using humanity, simplicity, and ingenuity can empower people to have better control over their money.

brandon schauer

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Head of Enterprise Design @ Capital One, former Adaptive Path CEO, champion for human experiences, sketcher, and spreadsheet junkie

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Stories from Capital One's designers on how using humanity, simplicity, and ingenuity can empower people to have better control over their money.