I first realised how important repetition and consistency are from my days spent language hacking. I leveraged these principles to learn new words and verbs that I tested myself on repeatedly using a flashcard system called Anki.
Learning is not about memorizing lots of information, it is about transforming how we think and act. Accelerated learning is not a concept I read about in a book one day. Learning is experiential and involves moving through different paradigms which shift how we see the world.
I believe that when learning is done well it engages the mind, body and spirit. When the mind, body and spirit are engaged a balanced and continuous learning journey begins to unfold.
Computational photography is about enhancing the photographic process with computation. While we normally tend to think that this applies only to post-processing the end result (similar to photo editing), the possibilities are much richer since computation can be enabled at every step of the photographic process—starting with the scene illumination, continuing with the lens, and eventually even at the display of the captured image.
Negative space has long been a staple of good design. Leaving white space around elements of a design is the first thing that usually comes to mind. But then there are designs that use that white space to infer an element that isn’t actually there (the arrow hidden between the E and X in the FedEx logo immediately comes to mind as an example).
Has the desire to pursue multiple different disciplines been a constant thread in your life? Do you sometimes feel flaky about being like this? This isn't something unusual, in fact there have been numerous polymaths throughout history including Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo Da Vinci.
'You just got to hustle, hustle, hustle' - a familiar piece of rhetoric in the current landscape. There are times when I feel like I could be doing a lot more. In such times I have noticed a tendency to beat myself up over my perceived procrastination.
Have you ever had the feeling that you were missing a vital piece of the jigsaw puzzle? It is all too easy to ignore this nagging feeling and continue on with the mental model of the world that I have already created.
Imagine this—you’ve just landed a project where the client needs a redesign of their website and app.
Client: “We’d like to improve the user experience. We want our customers to fall in love with our product—it has to be jaw-dropping!”
The Talent Code deals with the question of greatness and how it comes into being. The premise of the book is that myelin, a sort of insulator for the synapses connecting neural pathways, is the magic sauce for skill.
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit - John Steinback
But, we have always done it this way...
I have been learning French for 5 years now. I have passed the necessary exams that were markers of perceived 'progress'. I have spent hours with my head in a grammar book and even more hours memorising never ending lists of seemingly random 'functional' words.
A Funny Kind of Logic
For a large portion of my life I unintentionally limited myself with a funny kind of logic. I tended to want to do more of the things I was naturally good at and less of the things that took me a little longer to get the hang of.
The Art of Learning: An Inner to Optimal Performance is written by Josh Waitzkin. In this book we get a glimpse into the journey Josh went on from his days as a chess prodigy to becoming a World Champion in Tai Chi Chuan.
Modern front-end frameworks require you to download a development environment, complete with dependencies, and compile your code before even trying to view it on your browser. Is this a good thing?
This article was co-written with Jon Younger, Founder of the Agile Talent Collaborative. One of the dominant trends in society over the past five years, and certainly in business, is the “gig economy”. Companies like Uber, Fiverr, Instacart, 99Designs, and TaskRabbit allow people from all over the world to provide on-demand services in a wide range of areas, from driving people to the grocery store to designing someone’s next book cover.