Last month, in What's wrong with my site, I picked three small improvements and assigned them each to a different "Future Shane". fix the Information Architecture (IA) of this site. If someone comes to ShaneG.ca and reads an interesting article, it’s difficult for them to explore. That’s a problem because there’s over fifty great articles… Continue reading Fixing the information architecture of my site
In late-2015, my now-wife and I decided to move away from the city we'd lived our whole lives in. I applied for tons of development jobs in London before the move but hardly heard back from any of them. I figured it was because I had nothing to show online and was 7000km away. The… Continue reading What’s wrong with my site?
I recently read the book "Switch" by Chip and Dan Heath. I was inspired to read it by TS Balaji, who mentioned it in his interview with DesignBetter. I expected it to be all about corporate change management, but was happy to see it cover everything from large-scale cultural change to individual change. Instead of… Continue reading Making the “Switch” to running
Last week, a colleague and I ran an eight-person usability study with a big customer. We started at 6:30, so it was a super-early, super-long day. https://twitter.com/sgryzko/status/1111008963737194496 Iterating on the product AND the process Yes, it was exhausting, but I love this stuff. You take your best guess at a design then you put it… Continue reading Usability testing is fun
I was a programmer from 2012 to 2017. I realized during this time that my impact would multiply if I could focus on the design instead of being the one to code it. Early in 2018, after years of reading, taking courses, and experimenting with UX, my dream came true: I was hired as a… Continue reading It takes a village
Last month I wrote about my process of designing what I called vesting sparklines. I was super excited about them because they packed so much information into a small area and because they made so much sense to me. There is nothing like the moment when you suddenly come upon the answer to a design… Continue reading Killing your darlings
I recently wrote about the book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte. That book inspired me to explore ways of visualizing the vesting of savings and awards. Background Skip this section if you know equity! Vesting Vesting is when stock or cash becomes available. This allows companies to reward their employees for… Continue reading Visualizing vesting schedules