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Bite-sized frequent episodes, Stoic Designer is about applying the practice of stoicism to your design work as a means to benchmark the day, get your head right, and craft virtuously. stoic.substack.com

Bite-sized frequent episodes, Stoic Designer is about applying the practice of stoicism to your design work as a means to benchmark the day, get your head right, and craft virtuously. stoic.substack.com
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Bite-sized frequent episodes, Stoic Designer is about applying the practice of stoicism to your design work as a means to benchmark the day, get your head right, and craft virtuously. stoic.substack.com

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@schoeyfield

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English


Episodes

The adaptable will

9/19/2019
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One of the first a-ha moments many of us have who are interested in user experience design is that whole maxim that “you are not your user.” At the time it’s a profound wagging of the finger that after years rings a tad cliche if only beca… Read More Get on the email list at stoic.substack.com

Duration:00:02:23

Klosterman's Razor

9/17/2019
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By recommendation on twitter I’m reading But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About The Present As If It Were The Past by Chuck Klosterman who talks about our inability to predict. I think he meant it as a joke but early in the book he descr… Read More Get on the email list at stoic.substack.com

Duration:00:01:47

What is a "Design Virtue"?

9/16/2019
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We might instead call a “design virtue” a design principle, the difference being that what we’re calling virtuous are principles that we have so much faith in we treat them with more reverence than rationality. Personally, or organization… Read More Get on the email list at stoic.substack.com

Duration:00:03:18

Systems underlie the craft

9/12/2019
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Real talk, “practicing Stoicism” involves a lot of reading of the same core concepts boiled down to “get good at prioritizing what really matters” and “don’t lose your s**t.” Tim Ferris calls Stoicism his operating system; I think of it - … Read More Get on the email list at stoic.substack.com

Duration:00:02:06

Actionable insight overload

9/11/2019
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Sometimes the stars align just so and your to-do list explodes with actionable insights that, pursued, improves your design, makes your product easier to use, adds credibility to your cause, or grows your userbase. You find that except for… Read More Get on the email list at stoic.substack.com

Duration:00:02:05

Design for the recovery experience

9/10/2019
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Note: I don’t love “recovery experience” as a term, but I’m sorely decaffeinated. Halp. We advocate this meditation-of-evils practice the Roman Stoics called praemeditatio malorum where, in planning, we imagine the worst-case scenarios and… Read More Get on the email list at stoic.substack.com

Duration:00:02:05

DevOps in the Shadow of Hurricane Dorian

9/5/2019
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There’s this satellite image of the hurricane Dorian that shook me. There are neither grids nor map-markers, no projections, no data. It is this still of a dangerously awesome-in-the-true-sense destroyer an “inch” — fifty or so miles — fro… Read More Get on the email list at stoic.substack.com

Duration:00:01:45

On systems of work and design

8/13/2019
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Getting sprint estimation right is the kind of headscratcher product management twitter fusses over on the daily, but while we can’t agree on the nitty gritty we imagine the same u/dystopia. Behind one door, deadlines* evaporate in favor o… Read More Get on the email list at stoic.substack.com

Duration:00:01:56

A Wake for Failed Design

8/5/2019
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Grief is on my mind. A thunder of mass shootings again sobered the nation to dovetail the death of a relative this weekend, so that just about everybody I know — for one reason or another — was feeling glum. If you’re interested you can re… Read More Get on the email list at stoic.substack.com

Duration:00:02:58

Practice gratitude

8/1/2019
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We all have rough days. Joyless projects - even if they’re not particularly difficult - you slog through tap your morale like it’s a tree sap. This s**t makes you less productive, reduces the quality of your craft, inspires you the next mo… Read More Get on the email list at stoic.substack.com

Duration:00:01:55

Your designs are just fingerprints and shapes

7/31/2019
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Not too long ago we were designing this kickstarter-like feature we could use to help fund specific local journalism, and circumstances being what they were our team didn’t have the bandwidth to prototype a new thing without dropping somet… Read More Get on the email list at stoic.substack.com

Duration:00:02:13

Your design work is not an end unto itself

7/30/2019
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Seneca, on the brevity of life, condemns this idea of dying doing what you love - particularly when what you love is your work: How disgraceful is the lawyer whose dying breath passes while at court, at an advanced age, pleading for unknow… Read More Get on the email list at stoic.substack.com

Duration:00:01:35