23. January 2020No Comments

Inclusive by design: beyond binary

Welcome to Inclusive by Design, a series dedicated to making UX design more inclusive. My name is Anna (she/her/hers). I specialize in building inclusive products and creating scalable systems to support accessible practices across product teams. ... Read the full article

23. January 2020No Comments

Zebras Fix What Unicorns Break

A year ago we wrote “Sex & Startups.” The premise was this: The current technology and venture capital structure is broken. It rewards quantity over quality, consumption over creation, quick exits over sustainable growth, and shareholder profit over shared prosperity. ... Read the full article

20. January 2020No Comments

Digitalisierung: Aber das Faxgerät muss bleiben!

"Auf digitale Prozesse umstellen" ist leicht gesagt, aber in vielen Firmen ein komplexes Unterfangen. Viele Mitarbeiter und Chefs lieben ihre analogen Arbeitsmethoden und fürchten Veränderungen. Andere wiederum digitalisieren ohne Sinn und Verstand und blasen ihre Prozesse unnötig auf. ... Read the full article

13. January 2020No Comments

The Opportunity Backlog Framework: A User-Focused Alternative To The Product Roadmap

Most of us are familiar with product roadmaps: documents that depict the release cadence of a series of features & functions in order to eventually arrive at an overall product vision. ... Read the full article

4. January 2020No Comments

RECONSIDER

About 12 years ago, I co-founded a startup called Basecamp: A simple project collaboration tool that helps people make progress together, sold on a monthly subscription. It took a part of some people’s work life and made it a little better. ... Read the full article

27. December 2019No Comments

Using A Period Tracking App? This Is Where All Your Personal Info Goes

Half of the world’s population has a menstrual cycle, yet it still triggers shock when our periods turn up unannounced each month. So it’s no surprise that many women have turned to period tracking apps on their smartphones to diarise their monthly cycles. ... Read the full article

27. October 2019No Comments

What is Fair Data Economy?

Fair data economy presents a competitive model for building business value from data in new, trust-based ecosystems. ... Read the full article

23. October 2019No Comments

Design: past, present and future(s)

The relevance of design has been increasing exponentially in the past 10 years, as its influence has stretched from a perceived focus on aesthetics to encompass complex systems and ethics. ... Read the full article

19. October 2019No Comments

The Best Leaders Are Expendable

leaders, sometimes managing our egos is one of the toughest challenges we face. It’s something that, when not checked, is most likely to get us into trouble as well. But does this mean that as the leader of your team, you should make yourself inessential? Well, not quite. ... Read the full article

2. September 2019No Comments

What People Hate About Being Managed by Algorithms, According to a Study of Uber Drivers

Companies are increasingly using algorithms to manage their remote workforces. Called “algorithmic management,” this approach has been most widely adopted in gig economy companies. ... Read the full article

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Thomas Otto is a User Experience Designer in Berlin, Germany. As an experienced designer he is working on digital projects in the fields of user research, interaction design and data strategy.