On designing products
I just posted something to our company's internal blog that I think is worth sharing here.
Living in Silicon Valley, it's common to see people getting excited about technology. That's what brought us all here, after all. But it's easy for people here to start thinking that technology is all that is needed to make a good product, and that simply isn't true.
Here's what I wrote:
"It’s important for us to always remember when designing our product that none of us are the average user. In order to create good products that everyone can use, we have to step outside ourselves and put ourselves in the minds of others, to empathize with the average person. The best products in the world are created by smart people who can think like an average person, and not like an elite techie (or elite media person). "
I believe it is an actual skill, one that can be developed, to put yourself in another person's mind. If you'd like to develop it at HOTorNOT, we are hiring
PS I don't call others "average people" to act like i'm better in any way.. I just recognize that my friends tend to be uber geeky, and are clearly not normal.. Whether we're different in a good way remains to be seen :) That being said, I still watch MTV more than any other channel.. and love it.