A New Year
It’s a new year. This year, let’s make our resolutions ones that will benefit all of us. Let this year find us:
Creating less crap
Karma is a boomerang and if we keep creating shit, we can only expect to be stuck polishing it one day too.
Seek clarity in communication. When it comes to words, if the small ones will suffice, don’t unnecessarily opt for the big ones. Let bespoke return to the world of tailoring. Stop talking about responsive design like it’s only about layout.
Give weight to numbers, but listen to users. Analytics might tell us that the beloved full screen modal pop-up works, but human beings tell us otherwise. Numbers can weave one hell of a one-sided tale, if you let them.
Celebrate other people’s successes as you would your own. Click on every ad in a free app, buy every t-shirt, print or book created by your colleagues. Reward these labors of love. Start your own.
Execution > ideas.
Do not let your own fear throw down before you do.
Complaining Less, Acting More
Dial down the negativity. Let us start to weed the phrases “fail” and “you’re doing it wrong” from our vocabulary. Hit unsubscribe to the social shaming and leave it in the schoolyard.
Doing more of what we don’t know, and less of what we do
Aim for expertise, not expert. The moment you have mastered something and are comfortable, you have invited boredom in for a nice cup of tea. The next thing you know, you’re married, dressing alike and complaining about the lack of obligatory sex.
Do not get into bed with boredom.
Challenging the Status Quo
Just because it’s a best practice, doesn’t mean it is the one that works for you. Don’t blindly accept what is considered best or right. We can’t grow and evolve ideas if everyone accepts them as they are.
More Creating, Less Creatives
Put more weight on doing and less on being.
This year, let us be more by doing just a little bit less.