It never chase to amaze me to see how much computing has changed in the last 30 years…
I’ve chosen this structure of you asking me questions (instead of me just blogging away) because I have no idea what you want to learn.
In the span of one life it’s impossible to learn everything, but we can cheat by sharing what we’ve learned so far.
David E. Weekly on Medium.com has wrote the article Dear Foursquare, a breakup letter which I could write myself. Except that I haven’t downloaded Swarm and I have a little more check-ins than him, but fewer Badges. I hope someone at Foursquare will listen us and change the taken direction…
Frank Rapacciuolo is collecting and taking care, on Medium.com, this extremely interesting collection of interviews with professionals of all over the world on User Interaction and User eXperience design… Check it out!
The good news is, as you get older, you gain perspective. Perspective helps alleviate burnout.
The bad news is, you gain perspective by having incredibly shitty things happen to you and the people you love. Nature has made it so that perspective is only delivered in bulk quantities. A railcar of perspective arrives and dumps itself on your lawn when all you needed was a microgram. This is a grossly inefficient aspect of the human condition, but I’m sure bright minds in Silicon Valley are working on a fix.
The real prescription is simpler and more challenging: you have to care. If you aspire to greater care and empathy as a person and as a technologist, your presentations will connect, your code will self-document, your designs will delight. If you bring a passion for character development along with your love of learning and creating, your users will feel it.
Usability is everywhere. Ethics are everywhere. The more care you show for your users, the more successful you will be.