My lazy redesign

I would have liked to have started from scratch and redesigned my site from the ground up, mulling over every pixel and color, and making it my own. But that would have taken me months of hard work. Instead, I redesigned my site in no time just by switching the theme. My job was this… Continue reading My lazy redesign

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Fixing the information architecture of my site

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

What’s wrong with 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?

Usability testing is fun

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

Visualizing vesting schedules

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

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte- Book review

"A little light reading, hey?" the doctor from Pennsylvania asked me on a recent flight. "Do you have to read that for a course or something?" "No," I said as I showed him a fascinating chart of Napoleon’s army’s advance to and retreat from Russia, "I'm actually just reading it for fun." And despite the… Continue reading The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte- Book review

Using Airtable to store research nuggets

I started at Solium in January. They did a full day of usability testing for World Usability Day in the previous November but hadn't yet got through analyzing all of the videos. It's a small team and other priorities got in the way. Around that time, I listened to a Tomer Sharon interview on Mixed… Continue reading Using Airtable to store research nuggets