Book Review - Lean UX

Lean UX is a part of the Lean series initiated by Eric Reis' The Lean Startup. The concept of building 'lean' prototypes, business models, and even startups has become popular since The Lean Startup was published. Lean UX takes the lean principles and illustrates how to apply the principles to UX development. The book is divided into three sections, an introduction of lean principles, the process of lean UX, and finally a section on implementing lean UX in an organization.

Book Review - Flash Boys

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I finished all 280-ish pages over the 4th of July weekend, which as I learned is enough time for High Frequency Traders to crash and rebuild entire economies several times over. Author Michael Lewis managed to take a complex topic and present it in a way that is both entertaining and informative, and manages to do so without compromising one for the other.

Book Review - Hooked

I have described Hooked by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover as The Power of Habit Meets Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Many of the concepts covered in those works are presented through the lens of digital product creation, particularly for mobile apps and games. The basic premise of Hooked is the Hooked Model - a framework for understanding how...

No Excuses

I was born a white man to a loving upper-middle class family in southern California during the greatest era of peace and technological progress known to mankind. I had zero influence in generating such luck and privilege; these are all circumstances of my birth. I am arguably among the most privileged group of humans in the world for all of modern history, and therefor I have zero excuses for my life.

Book Review - Blink

The subconscious mind is a marvelous and mysterious concept. There is so much unknown about the human mind - particularly the parts that happen without conscious effort. Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell, illustrates the power of "thinking without thinking" by providing stories and studies of the subconscious mind at work, helping us make sense of the intangible, and holding us hostage to preconceived notions and biases. Gladwell shows how to wisely take advantage of our subconscious, while tempering it in contexts where it works against our interests.