Phase-gate learning management design and dimensions of Design Learning

While reflective analysis may be a “naive or incomplete form of reflection”, because it “forgets the pre-reflective experience of the 🌏🌍🌎 from which it sets out”, “hyper-reflection” is not a “violent act” to “stake our lives” upon. It is instead “a decision” to “understand the relationship” between ‘phenomenology’ and ‘non-phenomenology’ while permitting us to act upon ‘reflective’ and ‘pre-reflective states’.

By John Abbott’s standard, learning is a reflective activity that enables people to draw upon previous experience to understand and evaluate the present, so as to shape future action and formulate new knowledge. 

Competency Models + Leadership Effectiveness

Better competency models for doing business don’t just appear out of thin air, they are built by people with an appreciation for leadership effectiveness who have a willingness to recognize that startup life means taking bigger risks, making smaller strides while having a tenacity, support system and a budget to pivot on a dime.

Extraordinary leaders 👀 to themselves first for strength-building and are distinguished by the existence of strengths, (not the absence of weakness).

New year, new me.

My design process (by Michael Darius)

  1. Sketch a low fidelity rough outline of the product or service you’d like to build. (whiteboard/back of napkin)
  2. Define platform specifics and go to market strategy.
  3. Design a medium fidelity schematic and 👋🏿👋🏾👋🏽👋🏼👋🏻👋gestural reference with the desired behavior and process flow to gather your team around and ☑️ gamestorming/affinity 🗺ing.
  4. Create branded/unbranded mood boards, guidelines, iconography and pattern reference library to establish tone and 🗣for a cohesive and holistic design system.
  5. Build your first prototype.
  6. Test your assumptions by capturing ethnographic feedback and insight with 👩‍👦‍👦👫👬👭👬👫👬👭👨‍👧‍👦from all 🚶🏿‍♀️🚶🏾‍♀️🚶🏽‍♀️🚶🏼‍♀️🚶🏻‍♀️🚶‍♀️🚶🏿🚶🏾🚶🏽🚶🏼🚶🏻🚶(walks of life)
  7. Gather and ✒️down your observations.
  8. Reflect on what you’ve learned with your team and prioritize the better insights using your favorite card sorting method.
  9. Apply team insights while 🏢 in the desired behavior, revising service 🖼works and needed changes to the content and visual interface.
  10.  🎉 and return to step 6

Sorry you’re stuck sitting down here with me.

Before it became the monogram of Christ, the Chi Rho was the monogram of Chronos (whose name also begins with a Chi-Rho), the god of time, and an emblem of several solar deities. In Hebrew, Chi-Rho equates to Tav-Resh. The Chi Rho was used in hermetic alchemical texts to denote time.

This monogram of the Chi Rho is displayed with a wreath symbolizing the victory of the Resurrection, above Roman soldiers, ca. 350.

The Consequence of 🔊

When you invest some of your own identity into a growing community which people expect to benefit from they come to expect deontic responses from others in the community – that is, they expect others to respond automatically (without calculation) to threats to their safety and well-being.

In turn, they recognize that they are expected to have deontic responses to suffering of other community members. This doesn’t mean people are expected to act altruistically but on the basis of a shared understanding and shared identity. Under this pretext, a deontic response to an external threat is expected as a natural expression of reciprocity.

Communicative 🗣required to build relationship depends upon mutual respect, and in the 🌎 of mutual respect, deontic responses are not ‘acts of heroism’, they 🕴 as a consequence of 🔊

context modalities are semantic infrastuctures that matter

I will never give anybody permission to assert ‘modal definitions’ over my business which requires that I use modal logic and possible 🌎 semantics (simply because they feel it is their job to defend language from being bastardized by ‘business’). Deontic modality and possible 🌎 semantics will never be ‘optional’ parts of the role of a designer so ✋🏾 trying to make ‘optional’ which value assertions designers bring to the table.

Every ⏰ a person asserts their own modal definitions or understandings over my business they counteract an investment into semantic infrastructure that I am attempting to build ‘for design’. Being ‘help’ means providing ‘support to understanding’ not bastardizing the context of what I take the ⏰to write or 🗣 something about that is critical infrastructure of my own.

Modal meaning does not only rely on accessibility but also on an ‘ordering’ of the accessible 🌏 🌍 🌎that we live in.

Watermarks and the Commons

The photography industry is ridden with more objectifying legal terms between photographers and models than many industries, and while model release forms will sometimes protect a model’s rights, copyright law for photos remains in the favor of the person who took the picture and ‘fired the trigger’. This is one reason why the macaque who took his own selfie and denied ownership was such a hot topic last year ( story: ).

With respect to the commons and to ‘model’s rights’ I release my images to the commons unless on assignment by a company who I’ve agreed to release ownership to. Photographers, never clutter your images with watermarks that obstruct people from seeing your work in all of its glory.

If you ‘must’ protect your images beyond what is already stated by federal copyright law, Digimarc for images is a much better approach ( FAQ: )

Design Thinking was acceptable in the 80s (in San Diego)

The fairest assessment I can make of San Diego’s behavioral economics (as the city that always sleeps) would be that it is governed by ‘Microsoft security policies’ and “a tax software company” who thinks they should have the monopoly on ‘design thinking’ because of their relationship to Apple back in the 80s.
(making your observations clear and ‘more known’ may bring you to a place where you are able to make ‘better fair assessments’, not to be confused with ‘conclusions’)

What will we embark upon?

At the time of me posting the video above it will be about one week old. Services augment the way we relate to our environment and change the way we see each other. Sometimes these changes are not changes that everyone is entirely comfortable with. People resist change, they also resist what appears to be foreign or unfamiliar.

It is true that technology as a virtue alone serves humanity no good. It is also true that news outlets serve humanity no good when they cater to people’s fears about things that they themselves know very little about.

We need people behind the scenes making empathic design decisions about which fictions to execute upon so that we can learn to trust that the systems we embark upon everyday are there to assist us in our ability to make more informed choices.

Rethinking IT in the Digital Service Economy

When family members and church family take it upon themselves to impress upon me perspectives they feel should take precedence in my life they find themselves bombarded with a lot more context than they ever wanted to have to bargain for because of how much more advanced my activity contexts tend to be.

Aside from observing their more natural interactions and usage contexts when I am given the chance, over-communicating my own activity contexts to those who will be the most important to my future has become an integrated daily routine of mine to keep them from being so out of touch with my mental model as someone who has such a far more sophisticated social network than theirs and the empirical understanding of knowing what the business advantages are for doing so.

This is perhaps the tradeoff I have made for being connected to so many design disruptors and global service design influencers. Below is a book for those more embedded into IT organizations that are not quite clear on where to begin doing service design work.

In all, over-communicating my activity contexts has become good way for me to be more mindful, accountable and self-aware of my own activity contexts on a day-to-day basis (however annoying it may be).

Here is also a link to a dated paper on the wealth of networks by Yochai Benkler which I recommend for those interested in learning about the value of networks in general.

The Wealth of Networks How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom:

This year’s iPhone upgrade experience.

November 1st marks the anniversary of my 5 year resignation and start date with Apple.
Every year since 2007 my wife and I have both had the privilege of upgrading to a new iPhone (one of the perks of being married to an interaction designer). This year’s iPhone upgrade program had a few kinks to be worked out – mostly the result of my own fallibility.
I feel for the people working the retail experience who have to put up with people like me when I go into the store, I have tremendous respect for them (especially on launch day). They are ten times more patient than I will perhaps ever know how to be. Reminds me of what a corporate snob I must appear to be to most people (God help me).
There is at least some satisfaction in knowing that Marissa is enjoying this year’s upgrade.