Good evening, it's Victor!
Hope you've been having a great month. I've been having a few days off again, went to the wildlife centre to see some animals, it's my birthday on Saturday, and I'm dreading the return of the cold weather. Here's some things I liked reading this month.
Wikipedia is the best website
Good to look at
In my ears
Work! Design! Tech!
- Communicating with Interactive Articles: a synthesis of interactive pieces in journalism, education and academic papers, from distill.pub, who want to help re-shape the PDF hell we still live in.
- Disrespectful Design: users aren’t stupid or lazy. I've seen a few people with this mindset in the tech industry, and it boggles my mind that these people are anywhere near product decisions.
- Goodhart’s Law, and Why Measurement is Hard: an excellent post summarising the difficulty of decision-making and using metrics while making fast progress in product decisions.
- Online Privacy Should Be Modeled on Real-World Privacy: the new privacy features in iOS 14 might create issues for the tracking industry, and that's a good thing.
- Design Thinking is a Rebrand for White Supremacy. The title of the essay feels clickbaity, but it's worth a read — it makes very good points on the 'default' user, the Eurocentrism of many “correct” design decisions, and most importantly, how design is often weaponised to justify projects and problems that aren't moral. (Or as Erika Hall says, “design is only as human-centred as the underlying business model”.)
- If management isn’t a promotion, then engineering isn’t a demotion. I really like the viewpoint this post is adopting, which is very sensible but seems ignored at so many companies: “management is not a promotion, it’s a change of career”, and that new career is an internal support position, not (just) a higher seniority level.
- The Hidden Costs of Constantly Shipping New Things, or what happens when you don't leave space for forward planning and managing tech debt.
That's all folks. A bit less than usual but maybe I'm just keeping some links for the upcoming winter!