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Productivity is full of emotions

Yesterday, The Verge published “Microsoft has a strange obsession with productivity”, and in this article there are a few quotes that resonated with me and the work we do on Wunderlist. “Problem is, it’s not a sexy word. It might not be the right one to sell Microsoft’s products, even if productivity is what the company does best (Office, for instance). Most people don’t wake…

If you want design, you have to go all-in

In recent years, the public recognition of design as a, maybe even the, deciding factor for long-term success of a business has increased tremendously. People admire companies like Apple, Leica or Miele for their incredible products and the experiences they deliver. In the tech and startup industry, design is the new magic word. An uncountable amount of articles, essays and blog posts have been…

The opening of a new tab

When I was wandering around the Wunderlist office two weeks ago, I observed several people opening new tabs in their browser. Some of them had these customized pages showing the weather, time, location or  wise phrases from an even wiser person. I did a search, but couldn’t find any stats on how often people actually open a new tab in their browser, but I assumed it is somewhere around “a…

The future of collaboration

A few weeks back, Alex Schiff, co-founder and CEO of Fetchnotes asked me if I wanted to participate in what he called a “virtual panel discussion” on the future of collaboration. In his Medium post “Collaboration 3.0” he brought together the thoughts, insights and ideas of a nice group of people. However, Alex couldn’t publish our responses in full length, so I decided to publish mine…

Kill the UX Designer

Today, I read this question on Designer News: “Where does a wanna-be UX designer begin?” It’s shows a fundamental misconception of a job and role that no one really understands, but which is essential in making a product or business successful. It’s a job title that is misunderstood and misused all the time. And as responsible designers, we are supposed to make things easier to…