Making the “Switch” to running

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

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Graduating from Duolingo

Do you visit Duolingo for a couple minutes a day to mindlessly tap through some exercises with words that you already know? Do you still not have the confidence to strike up a conversation with a French-speaking acquaintance? That was me. But not any more.

Kicking off a UX Research side project with my mentor Meaghan

This post is the first in what will be a series of posts about my UX research about UX Maturity. For all other posts, see my UX Maturity Research page.   I've long been obsessed with the concept of UX Maturity. Why do some companies rave about the power of User Experience Research and Design… Continue reading Kicking off a UX Research side project with my mentor Meaghan

Duolingo is great, but…

I LOVE Duolingo. I can't recommend it enough for people who want to start learning a new language. Ever since I first tweeted about it back in 2015, I've been using it pretty much daily. First for a little bit of Spanish, and now for French and even a little bit of Vietnamese! https://twitter.com/sgryzko/status/566246417048829953 https://twitter.com/sgryzko/status/733747654992232449… Continue reading Duolingo is great, but…

Talking to Mars

Lately I've been bingeing on WaitButWhy. From Artificial Intelligence to the history of everything, Tim Urban is an expert at carefully researching complex topics then crafting entertaining, easy-to-read, and informative posts on them. The other day I read the article How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars. It was a great article about space, Mars,… Continue reading Talking to Mars

The lorem ipsum bag

I’m currently on the trip of a lifetime. My fiancee Carolyn and I are exploring Southeast Asia with no return ticket and no real timeline other than “Be back in Canada by December”.

Carolyn and I wanted a lightweight way to share and remember our trip, so we are posting daily to ShaneAndCarolyn.wordpress.com using Post by Email.

The posts are mostly just fun pictures and anecdotes, but I recently posted one with a bit of a design spin, so I wanted to re-post it here on my tech blog.

So here it is! Feel free to check out the other posts as well.

Shane and Carolyn's Asian Adventure

Designers who are working on websites sometimes sketch out layouts and put what’s called fake placeholder text to show where the actual web content goes. This is sometimes known as Greeked Text. Here’s what I mean.

The idea is that if you put the buttons and icons and navigation in the right place, that your website will be great and you can worry about the content later. Some say that this is a bad thing– content is king so it should come first- but I think that it depends. Usually it’s not the end of the world.

That is, as long as you ACTUALLY CREATE CONTENT.

Today I was looking for a nice big backpack for me to use during my Asian travels then in the mountains when I get back to Canada. I found a great Jack Wolfskin 60L pack, but let’s just say that the price was…

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