Go on, just live

Go on, just live

I had tea with a friend recently, and our conversation quickly turned to living well with little expense. We found this somewhat humorous as we’re both living comfortably, and earning pretty good incomes for our age. Especially in comparisson to our peers.

We jokingly talked about it being a sign of age that we want to live as cheaply as possible, and as minimally as possible the older we get and the more we earn.

I recently moved to Melbourne, and with nothing more than a mattress took occupation of an apartment. While planning on furnishing it, and considering all of the possibilities, I landed firmly on a bit of a minimalist approach.

Surprising even myself, it was easy. I’ve survived a number of months without much stuff at all. The walls haven’t caved in, my happiness hasn’t changed for the worse, and I’ve lived quite comfortably.

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Beyond ‘kind of like milk’ experiences

The experience of decisions—and the act of making decisions—is a costly exercise for our brains. Mark Zuckerberg chooses to wear the same outfit each day, as did Steve Jobs, so that they are able to save as much cognitive energy for important decisions as they can.

There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that decisions as simple as what to wear takes a huge toll on our overall ability to make decisions throughout the day. Each decision we make—regardless of it’s importance—requires energy, of which we have a finite amount.

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Sorry, it's just a sauce bottle

Just give me the damned sauce

Improved usefulness of sauce bottles is a result of technological advancements; not the wonderful process of human-centric design. Claiming it is a tremendous feat for User Experience is a dramatic misunderstanding of both User Interface and User Experience; and ultimately that they aren't both aspects of the same process.

Why then if no one seemed to mind how sauce was delivered—at a speed of 0.028mph from the glass bottle—is there all this hoopla about the modern sauce bottle being a great example of User Experience?

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Culture is more than entertainment; it is an experience

Culture is more than entertainment

As both customer and staff experience become the priority for businesses, governments, and education there is an increasing push towards a culture of collaboration and productivity.

While the intention of improving culture within an organisation is with the best of intention, the execution often falls short as a result of the perception of culture is wildly innacurate.

For many organisations culture is merely lip service, and delivered in the form of entertainment, which is something overly simple. Culture is percieved as that can be thrust upon employees overnight in the form of table tennis, movie nights, cheap lunches, et al.

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