When thinking and talking about potential candidates to join our team, I try to avoid using the term “culture fit”. When we say “culture fit”, we mean a whole wide range of different things, and not every person thinks of it the same way. While the term certainly includes legitimate concerns about a person’s soft skills, it also inevitably permits … Continue reading “Culture Fit” isn’t a thing.
You may be wondering, dear Graphpaper reader, what has Chris Fahey done with himself in the nearly two years since he posted anything on this rickety old blog? Well, at Behavior, we built a bunch of great websites and products for some great clients and partners. I did a little bit of conference speaking and … Continue reading Service
One of the iPad apps that most people think is inevitable is some kind of remote control for home entertainment systems, but I think the conventional wisdom on this isn’t thinking big enough because we just can’t shake the idea of a “remote controller”. The basic idea is that you’d throw away all your remote … Continue reading The Un-Remote
NYT article about Watson Victor Lombardi’s article on same. While I completely agree that generating lots of ideas is what makes great design happen, I also think that great designers, like Watson, do this mass-idea-generation in their heads, and constantly. Sketching, and making multiple prototypes, is actually a very very late stage in this process. … Continue reading The Rejection Instinct
The search is over. Many have heroically tried. But a decisive winner has emerged. Behold! the most elegant and usable conference badge design ever: This badge is from The Web and Beyond 2010, held in Amsterdam two weeks ago, where I spoke and saw many excellent sessions. Let me explain the mechanics of this great … Continue reading A Book on a Hook
I just finished reading Lolita; it was my first time reading it, but it was not my first Nabokov novel (having already enjoyed Pale Fire and Ada or Ardor). It was a 1955 American hardback edition, the first year Americans got their hands on the book. I don’t understand why anyone buys new classic books … Continue reading Reading Lolita On Paper
After waiting six months on a pre-order waiting list, I finally got my Fitbit two months ago. I was really looking forward to it — as a big fan of the Nike+ running tracking system, I was excited about Fitbit’s promise to not only track my running and walking, but to track my sleep patterns … Continue reading For Sale: Fitbit. Like New.
A few weeks ago, I got an email from a young undergrad interested in SVA’s Interaction Design MFA program (where I teach a class in the fundamentals of interaction design). The student, a talented web designer, was curious about the relationship between “web design” and “interaction design” and “user experience”, and what the future holds … Continue reading Letter to a Young Interaction Designer
Whenever news of an earthquake hits, we are told that the quake had a magnitude of, say, 3.2 or 5.0. Or 7.0, as was the case yesterday in Haiti and use retin-a. We all understand that 7 is worse than 5, of course, but I fear that few of us really understand or appreciate the … Continue reading Drop the Richter Scale