Bonus Drop #4 (2023-02-25): Good By Design
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Hello again, weekend warriors, wayfarers, and wanderers! Today's Bonus Drop presents four resources: an information presentation system, a “do one thing well” tool, an emerging standard, and a spiffy invention that share one crucial concept in common: they are all good by design.
Head down the “kitchen gadget” aisle at any dollar store and pick up a can opener at random. You may be able to tell just by the sight of it that it's not going to be very useful at its job. However, some shiny wrappers can be deceiving. But, once you have it in hand, the lack of quality of the product likely begins to become super apparent. And, when try to use it to get open any given tin can, the results will further likely confirm that the tool was no good from the start.
Being thoughtful and intentional about what we build and use is important if we want our work to be taken seriously and be used + shared with others. In the case of the example can opener, using a poorly designed one can have other negative consequences (beyond just losing ~$3.00 — dollar stores are woefully misnamed these days).
Let's dig in.
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