12. August 2019No Comments

Why Criticism Is Good for Creativity

One of the most popular mantras for innovation is “avoid criticism.” The underlying assumption is that criticism kills the flow of creativity and the enthusiasm of a team. Aversion to criticism has significantly spread in the last 20 years, especially through the advocates of design thinking. ... Read the full article

22. June 2019No Comments

Tesla’s UX is too far ahead to make sense (now)

Yesterday and today I finally had a chance of testing a Tesla Model 3. More than the driving experience, I was interested in the UX relatively to the 15 inches touchscreen that dominates the dashboard. FIFTEEN INCHES TOUCHSCREEN, let that sink for a moment. ... Read the full article

29. May 2019No Comments

Ego & Agile: both brought me to the brink of failure

In 2014, I started my first business, BackTracker, wanting to bask in the glory of being the next big thing. But my ego drew the company to the brink of failure, as I failed to listen to others, failed to focus, & failed to adapt. ... Read the full article

8. May 2019No Comments

Entertainment, like friendship, is a fundamental human need; it changes how we feel and gives us common ground. Netflix is better entertainment at lower cost and greater scale than the world has ever seen. We want to entertain everyone, and make the world smile. ... Read the full article

31. January 2019No Comments

The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures

The conventional wisdom is that successful innovation depends on providing an environment where there’s a tolerance for failure and a willingness to experiment, it’s safe to speak up, and it’s highly collaborative and nonhierarchical. The reality is that these elements do not suffice. ... Read the full article

26. November 2018No Comments

How to Set Up an AI R&D Lab

The moment a hyped-up new technology garners mainstream attention, many businesses will scramble to incorporate it into their enterprise. The majority of these trends will splutter and die out by Q4. Artificial intelligence (AI) is unlikely to be one of them. ... Read the full article

15. October 2018No Comments

How Men Can Become Better Allies to Women

Women’s conferences and employee resource groups (ERGs) are increasingly inviting men to attend. By creating events aimed at men, they hope to include men in discussions around gender equity in the workplace, and make organizational diversity efforts more successful. ... Read the full article

19. September 2018No Comments

The One-Minute Test

Often, when we meet with design teams, we’ll reserve a few minutes at the tail end of the meeting to do an unusual type of wrap-up. We ask each participant in the meeting to, on a sheet of paper, answer the following three questions with a total time limit of 60-seconds: ... Read the full article

19. September 2018No Comments

In Collaborative Work Cultures, Women Carry More of the Weight

In any organization, people apply unspoken rules and understood norms to get collective work done — in other words, they collaborate. ... Read the full article

15. September 2018No Comments

How flat hierarchy almost killed my startup

When we started CareerFoundry five years ago, having a flat hierarchy — or talking about having a flat hierarchy was one of the hottest topics when it came to ‘new world of work’ (and still is). CareerFoundry had a flat hierarchy for just a year. It was a rollercoaster, mainly downwards. ... 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.