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While methods and processes remain important, what is essential for changing how we design is having a commitment to an objective, a mindset, a motivation that can help us reflect on and critique how we do our work. 3 big critiques of commonly held assumptions that drive the design process and the corresponding mindset shifts that are emerging around these critiques. 

The Future of Expertise in Design: Reimagining How I Show Up as an Expert in the Design Process
  • While methods and processes remain important, what is essential for changing how we design is having a commitment to an objective, a mindset, and a motivation that can help us reflect on and critique how we do our work.
  • Assumptions for expertise in design:
    1. Design impact is the value exchange with the people we learn from in research.
    2. Co-design gives people agency in the design process
    3. A beginners’ mindset helps us see challenges with fresh eyes
  • The author explores three shifts that make him reimagine how he shows up as an expert and decision maker:
    • Shift #1: Go from transactional to mutually beneficial engagement in research.
    • Shift #2: Move from gathering participant feedback to being participant-guided.
    • Shift #3: Instead of focusing on people, focus on people in systems.
  • Сommunity-led design methods give designers an opportunity to reimagine how their expertise and skills can be more meaningful.
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Is delivery really more important than strategy? And what if “strategy is delivery”? Here is what we’re about to find out. 

Strategy is Delivery. What I Learned About Designing Digital Services Last Year.
  • The article covers the following questions:
    1. Why delivery is so important?
    2. Why product thinking is not the enemy of service design?
    3. How can agile help service design?
  • The author unpacks her key learnings from the past year:
    • Nothing is more important than delivery, not even strategy.
    • Build product-first in order to design for end-to-end services.
    • Service design is bad at implementation, agile will help remedy it.
    • Support the growth of Product Owners and get your MVP definitions right.
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With the start of Covid-19 two years ago, we at ABN AMRO Innovation set up a remote-first UX team from scratch. And guess what? It works! Here’s how we successfully went from zero to a team of seven.

 
The 3 Ingredients You Need to Set Up and Run a Remote-First UX Team
  • This article outlines the three ingredients you need to set up a remote UX team:
    1. Purpose
    2. People
    3. Process
  • Keeping the aspects above in mind can help you to deliver value and create products that people will actually use.
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An odyssey exploring two possible outcomes for civilization as conversational AI takes hold—one brimming with the bright possibilities of user-controlled data, the other, decidedly dystopian.

In the Garden of Hyperautomation
  • Henry Comes-Pritchett explores two possible futures of hyperautomation: a self-custodial utopia, and a data-driven dystopia.
  • Comes’-Pritchett takes readers on a journey inspired by a sneak peek at, Age of Invisible Machines, an upcoming book by celebrated tech leader and design pioneer, Robb Wilson.
  • A philosophical treatise starts an odyssey that spans the breadth of possible civilizations, meeting the average people that inhabit them and observing their trials and tribulations.
  • The reader is ultimately left to decide what state of affairs they would prefer, with a call to action inviting those willing to change the world to start doing the work now.
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Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs)
  • Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are interfaces for recording and processing neurological data and turning these data into an output.
  • Neurodata can be directly recorded, e.g., by a BCI, or indirectly recorded, e.g., an individual’s spinal cord.
  • There are particular privacy risks associated with BCIs that might need the following solutions:
    1. Encryption
    2. Local-first software
    3. Separation of data and compute (or edge computing)
    4. Access control layer
    5. Data cooperative
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The features and testing algorithm of good design

How to Evaluate Design Quality
  • It’s important to learn to see our own and other people’s designs through critical eyes.
  • The author suggests 3 layers of evaluating design:
    1. Marketing
    2. Usability
    3. (Visual) Design
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