Fuel your Friday — link roundup
It's Friday! Please keep the Rebecca Black song to yourself. Here's a list of the most striking articles I've found this week, just in time for your end-of-week relaxation ritual. (What's that? You don't have a spa-like working environment? Man, industry these days...) In fact, I recommend finding time before Monday to just do nothing. Sit with your thoughts. It might be the best thing you do all week.
This was posted in December, but it's full of prescient bits. Highlights:
- "Empower your people. No one wants to feel like part of the machine, nor do they want to feel that taking initiative at work is daunting because of unclear processes. Money isn't the only payoff. Employees also want to be acknowledged, feel unified, and have support with the right tools."
- "Apps as we know them will disappear. Think outside the screen. Journey maps, service blueprints, touchpoint reframing: these are standard tools in the design kit these days and are becoming even more relevant as the self-contained certainty of apps dissolve."
- "Healthy is the new wealthy. Think beyond the pill. The emphasis in health care is changing from product-focus to outcome-focus. Pharma companies are now taking to heart the idea that in every product there is a service waiting to get out, which means integrating a holistic service offering providing added value through digital services like telehealth, wellness programs, connected devices, and smart pills. They will also have to invest in consumer-facing brand development."
- "Simplicity will win in an era of all-you-can-choose. Use diverse interactive paradigms. Gestural, environmental or ambient interactions are able to interpret an input and provide a response that is available when needed, and not demanding when it's not. Traditional push/pull interactions typically require a user's attention, decision-making ability, and learned behavior."
This one is part productivity help, part existential wake-up call. You literally don't have enough time in your life to do it "all" unless you give yourself limits and healthy parameters. Highlights:
- "Abandon your 'catch-all' to-do list in favor of one limited to five entries. (If you can only choose five, you’re forced to make tough decisions – whereas catch-all lists encourage the illusion that you might, somehow, get everything done.)"
- "It’s a matter not of techniques, but a shift in perspective: to learn to see everything you choose to do (including, by the way, choosing to procrastinate on making a decision) as a choice not to do a million other things."
- "Time is short – and the big surprise is that life and work are both far more thrillingly meaningful once you realize it."
This is a 3-for-1 about the controversial "hamburger menu," or the collapsed mobile menu icon that usually looks like three horizontal lines. Highlights:
- "Hamburger menus navigation operate under a simple principle. On the surface, it seems self-evident that if the user wants the navigation menu, they can just click on it. However, if you dig deeper, you’ll realize that users often don’t know quite what they want, and they rely on site navigation to nudge them in the right direction by telling them what their options are and what content they should be looking at."
InVision has an amazing blog that you should definitely keep in your bookmarks. I could have picked any number of business and design articles, but this one is calling to me. The internet deserves better animated gifs, after all. Check this one out if you're ready to step up your hard-GIF game.