· 1 min read

Time Well $pent

My friend and I built a Chrome extension that helps you be more intentional with your money, so that you can spend your time on the things that actually matter to you. Enter your salary and it will automatically convert prices on all websites to time (i.e. the amount of time it takes you to earn that amount of money in the first place).

· 4 min read

Posers in power

Zuckerberg’s congressional hearing last week reminded me of some absurd things I learned about power when I was a ghostwriter for the Illinois State Treasurer.

· 2 min read

How (and why) to present designs in Figma

I created a Figma deck template so you can design and present in one place. No more exporting, importing, and updating when things get out of date. Finally—your presentation stays in sync with your designs.

· 3 min read

The design of goals

I know what you’re thinking—the internet does not need another self-indulgent post about goal setting. You’re right. And yet, here we are. In general, I’ve found that pop psychology articles about goals are unhelpful and uninspired. I’ve tried to draw on ideas from evolutionary biology, complex adaptive systems, behavioral finance, and engineering to offer a (hopefully) unique and helpful take on the design of goals. I pray the self-help gods of Medium will forgive me for this post.

· 4 min read

Dispatches from bizarro corporate culture

Let’s imagine what an alien would think of our corporate cultural norms—the rituals and scripts that govern daily office life. Our alien friend is like an annoying little kid who can’t stop asking why. The explanations are left as an exercise for the reader.

· 2 min read

Figma UX design kit

I’ve been using Figma to do UX workshops with engineers, marketers, salespeople, & designers at Uber. It’s a super fun way to collaborate in real-time—especially with remote teammates. I put together a kit to get you started.

· 8 min read

Design as (un)ethical illusion

User interfaces are maps of complex territories, and all maps are incomplete truths. In light of Facebook’s controversies, it’s clear that UI designers need a code of ethics. How might we create interfaces that hide complexity without obscuring too much truth?

· 9 min read

Confirmation bias is a feature, not a bug

The predictive processing model is a promising and powerful new way of understanding how the brain works. But it also suggests some inconvenient truths about the way we process information and news.

· 8 min read

Sean Hannity vs. Tristan Harris: Debating the dangers of social media

Tristan Harris is the founder of the Center for Humane Technology—an organization that is trying to get technology platforms to stop hijacking our minds. His message is spreading like wildfire, but it hasn’t yet caught the attention of conservative media. What fault lines will emerge when this movement goes mainstream?