I spend a lot of time at the gym. I use my locker a few times every visit, and I’m bummed by how poorly designed they are. I usually have to try 3 or 4 lockers (they have built in locks, so I don’t need a colored combo lock) before I find the one my
I was at the gym, on the treadmill, and was bummed by how poorly designed the treadmill was. So I thought I’d redesign it, and explain step-by-step what I’m doing and hopefully you’ll learn something in the process. I’ve got a few ideas on how they could make use the new design to make this
I have seen dozens of ‘why you should lift weights’ articles. Most of them felt like beating a dead horse. I hope this is something new. There are two stages to lifting weights. When you start lifting weights, it’s almost always because you want to look better physically. Be more muscular, get girls, be intimidating.
I’m a big fan of design. Good design scales logarithmically, think about the good design of the iPhone. How many people did that affect? There’s bad design on cars, and it can serve as a learning lesson for us. There’s two main signals (things that express status) on cars so other drivers can predict and
There’s something in journalism called burying the lead, where you accidentally hide the main point of the story. I’m not a journalist. What is a Multi-Level Marketing company? It’s a company that hires desperate people, looking for a quick, simple and easy way to make a lot of money, and pays them to light their
If you’ve ever seen the tv show ‘Dexter’, you noticed that there were a ton of voice-overs. Almost every scene, actually. Why? Because Dexter kills people, something we know you shouldn’t do. The producers of the show knew that we would never believe or empathize with him. The whole time you’d just be asking yourself:
Like I said in my post about lighting, most of modern life makes us uncomfortable. If I had to design a modern torture facility that didn’t need employees to torture people, I’d pick an office. Fluorescent lighting is cheap, but it’s a killer to creativity. Lighting isn’t the only thing that makes offices uncomfortable. It’s the air-flow.
Earlier today I was walking on a pedestrian path, passing people walking dogs, kids in strollers, families on bikes. A little weiner dog was running towards me, and someone shouted it was running away (I thought it might be a well trained dog owned by the girl running near it), so I scooped him up. The man who
When you run a business, there’s only two ways to do it. But, of course, I’m not actually talking about business. Type 1 – Makers Do as much as you can to give as much value as possible for your customers. Give away free work. Solve problems they didn’t know they had. Be honest about your
“Who wouldn’t want to work for themselves! Make your own hours, wear whatever you want, make more money?” Hell yeah! But then you’re brought back to reality and you’ve got all the reasons why not: I don’t have enough money! I don’t know how to start a business! In the 1800’s there were two ways