Day: March 7, 2020

Designers should understand users make most decisions without rational thinking

Susan Weinschenk is a behavioral psychologist and her book 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People was one of the first books I read about the psychology of design. Since then she has been my hero. In one of her online classes, Brain and Behavioral Science, she states that around the year 2000, researchers within the field learned that most of the decisions we make are unconscious. In fact, up to 90% of our decision-making is unconscious. Susan said that:

 We often like to think that we’re like Mr. Spock in Star Trek, and very rational and logical.

Read More

10 things you forgot to do to your code

You’ve pushed the code through all of the tests and they came back green. The continuous integration pipeline ran all of the way through. All of the check boxes on the feature list are checked. All of the Post-it notes have moved to the completed part of the wall. Phew.

It’s tempting to call the code finished and head off on vacation. You’ve earned it. The team has earned it. Let the code do its thing for a bit. Isn’t that the whole reason we wrote it? To throw it over the wall where it could just hum along and

Read More