Strong opinions placed here indefinitely, arbitrarily.*
- Procrastiworking explains so much about me. “The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” – Jessica Hische
- My internal writing guide:
- Periods after quotation marks. It’s weird but it makes more sense for me after writing online for a long time, although I am a fan of things like ALA / MLA.
- Emoji have not completely eclipsed my use of ASCII emoticons, especially the Japanese ones ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Throwing around unnecessarily complex words and jargon for the sake of ‘em speaks more about your insecurities than your intellect.
- Buzzwords like “instagram-worthy” and “for millennials” are like nails scratching a chalkboard. Be more creative in getting people’s attention.
- Singular “they” as gender-neutral pronoun.
- Grammar is dead, and by that I mean language is a living, breathing, evolving creature. But if you say that grammar is optional or a matter of opinion, then I don’t think you understand why people need a basic framework to communicate clearly and properly.
My master’s was in sociolinguistics, and I absolutely see this as true. pic.twitter.com/lbHwjSQPYj
— Deanna Hoak (@DeannaHoak) March 4, 2018
- My favorite color is blue; it’s like my happy place. But I don’t have a color I consider “ugly”. I’m a fan of hues, palettes, and gradients that most people would probably back away from. I do find, however, that some colors are harder to work with than others.
- Favorite typefaces at different points in my life: Scriptina, Computer Modern, Segoe, Calluna Sans, and Balto (because of Vox videos).
- GIF & REGEX are pronounced with a soft G.
- As much as I possibly can, I try to find the OP and boost that particular post when liking and sharing on social media.
- Asynchronous communication is better than synchronous communication. “We’re big believers in asynchronous communication — write it down now and other people can absorb it later when they’re ready. Real-time communication in person or virtually forces synchronization of schedules which is highly inefficient.” – Basecamp
Spotted in Kyoto. Not all heroes wear capes. pic.twitter.com/8I2Ltjodcx
— Spoon & Tamago (@Johnny_suputama) October 28, 2017
Anti-stress. Anti-lack of sleep.
One of my most controversial software opinions is that your sleep quality and stress level matter far, far more than the languages you use or the practices you follow. Nothing else comes close: not type systems, not TDD, not formal methods, not ANYTHING.
Allow me to explain why.
— Hillel will be at Madfest (@hillelogram) April 20, 2019
- Being a snob or a prejudiced person makes you an unreliable narrator, and you shouldn’t be trusted. “A snob is anybody who takes a small part of you, and uses that to come to a complete vision of who you are.” – Alain de Botton
If your socializing vocabulary consists mainly of “you got fat”, “you look tired”, “you should smile”, or “you need to relax”, I will take that to mean that there is hardly any kindness (or intelligence, really) in you.
No comments sets me off like "you just need to relax"! https://t.co/OfgmZoCfpB
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) June 13, 2017
Just a friendly reminder, fellas: please don’t tell women to smile. ?
— design systems jina (@jina) May 18, 2017
If you unironically use any of the UI vs UX or Design vs Experience memes floating around the internet when you talk about User Experience, I cannot take you seriously as an expert in your profession.
that stock photo meme applied to UI and UX almost replaces the path meme as my most hated UI vs UX meme ever. almost.
— Sophia Lucero (@sofimi) September 10, 2017
Also, titles are misleading.
2005: I'm a web designer
2009: I'm a UI designer
2011: I'm a UX designer
2014: I'm a product designer
2021: I'm an experience sommelier
— Tom Creighton (@tomcreighton) May 31, 2017
— Bård (@bardguyver) January 12, 2016
- Everyone exercises creativity to arrive at a solution, not just “creatives”.
- I have zero patience for counterproductive jargon and cringy portmanteaus.
- Design is giving a damn.
- #filipinovalues are problematic.
- Kids should not be underestimated just because they’re younger. They’re smarter than most people give them credit for, and I’ve seen so many people who do not pay attention or appreciate what they do.
- Corollary: being older doesn’t automatically give you the right to demand respect. You have to actually be respectable to earn respect.
- They’re Filipino languages, not dialects.
- “If it’s inaccessible to the poor it’s neither radical nor revolutionary.” — Jonathan Herrera
*Backronyms. See what I did there?