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Breakdown of will

Why do we feel like we need willpower at all? How can we make sense of the fact that people’s preferences are super inconsistent over time, and why is it that people keep so often undermine their own long-term goals?

Designing a dynamic journal

My computer recently informed me that I’ve typed over half a million words in my journal since 2013. This mind-bending stat got me thinking about what a digitally-native journal could be like—and what it could teach us about ourselves.

Ungluing from reality

A brief reflection on invisible assumptions and the wisdom of crowds (or lack thereof).

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.

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.

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 No more exporting, importing, and updating when things get out of date.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.

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.

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.

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.

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?