The open spaces kill creativity

Written on 3 January 2017, 11:16am

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Two Medium posts sharing the view about the workplace productivity: the open spaces are only good for paying less rent.
They both refer mainly to IT jobs.

Most startups nowadays are obsessed with the open office environment, and it’s nearly impossible to find companies that do not implement this type of layout. They’ll claim it’s because they want an “open and transparent culture”, but if you know anything about the subject, you’ll know this is the worst possible setup for actual work, and doesn’t improve communication or culture.
Why I only work remotely

Did you know the average developer only get two hours of uninterrupted work done a day? They spend the other 6 hours in varying states of distraction.
But here’s what happens during the two hours they have to themselves. They warm up. They check logs, issues, and wrap their heads around what needs to be done.
They dive into the code. Their pupils dilate. They enter what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls a “flow state.”
If you’ve ever been “in the groove” or “in the zone,” that’s what this is. A happy state of energized focus. Flow.

But employers, for the most part, don’t listen.
They continue to cram their teams together into noisy open plan offices.
They continue to pepper their teams’ days with meetings.
They expect their teams to be responsive to emails or Slack, further dashing hopes of ever reaching a flow state and getting some real work done.
Do you think Tolstoy could have written War and Peace in an open plan office?

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Wireframing

Written on 30 December 2016, 10:38pm

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These are some notes that I took while skim-reading The Guide to Wireframing.

What are wireframes?
Wireframes connect the conceptual structure to the visual design of a website/app.
They communicate 3 main points:
– Content
– Structure / Information Hierarchy
– Behavior / Functionality

How to do wireframes?
– paper drawing (sketching)
– whiteboard drawing
– paper kits (cutouts)
– digital drawing (Wacom devices)
– word processing software (Word, Google Docs, etc)
– presentation software: PowerPoint, Keynote
– graphic design tools: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch
– dedicated wireframing and prototyping tools: Balsamiq, proto.io, Axure, UXPin, InVision

Advantages of the dedicated wireframing tools
– element libraries
– flowcharting and user flows
– interaction with the wireframe: some wireframing tools offer the possibility to interact with the wireframes in order to showcase the behaviour (click-thgrough experience)
– collaboration (comments, feedback)
– presentation (pdf/ppt or standalone presentation mode)

Final point to remember
Delivering wireframes is not a goal in itself. The goal of wireframing is to deliver the final product, not the wirefames. So don’t aim for the perfect wireframe: as long as your wireframe delivers the intended message, move on.