Weeknote 529 – Who’s zooming who?

This week I have learned: I probably just need to use the "bollocks" more in my blogging if I want more readersI'm over the whole Zoom Fatigue narrative. It's pandemic fatigue, possibly followed by national period of mawkishness fatigue.about the best book I've read in ageswhat it's like to experience sunburn, hay fever and snow … Continue reading Weeknote 529 – Who’s zooming who?

Zoomed out?

The world is suffering from Zoom exhaustion, apparently. We find ourselves in a state of permameeting, where hours become but interchangeable units of attention mediated through Zoom, Teams, Meet or, for the really unfortunate, WebEx. Because back in the (prepandemic) day, meetings were great, right? It's not like HBR were publishing articles like this but … Continue reading Zoomed out?

Weeknote 527: the hierarchy of user needs

This week I have learned: that I might have written a whole song of sorts...the link between Maslow and User researchAmazon reviews is a dark world of bribery and corruptionthat sometimes the truth hurtsif you fall in love with the problem, might you become besotted?maybe Data Protection isn't so boring?that we need to have inclusion … Continue reading Weeknote 527: the hierarchy of user needs

Maslow’s hierarchy of User Needs

One of the most often cited bits of psychology that haunts the corridors of organisations and management training is Abraham Maslow's 1940s theory of human motivation, The Hierarchy of Needs. As with any well established model, there is critique, but nonetheless it forms a useful and popular way of visualising what it is that motivates … Continue reading Maslow’s hierarchy of User Needs

Blogpost 2000: You’re trying to shape my nostalgia with your own

To celebrate my 2000th blogpost, I asked Twitter what I should write about. This series of posts are inspired by those requests. Mr Gee suggested this one. He writes: I did a workshop with a group of 14 year olds. I was talking about comic book heroes being like Greek gods (it's a standard analogy … Continue reading Blogpost 2000: You’re trying to shape my nostalgia with your own

Weeknote 525 – user needs

This week I have learned: how quiet it is without the kids in the house.how to do a lateral flow test.how much more flavour you get from cooking on the bone.that maybe we should start with The Home and then work backwards.the power of spending some time talking about things.that the end of lockdown still … Continue reading Weeknote 525 – user needs

Blogpost 2000: Forced Fun

To celebrate my 2000th blogpost, I asked Twitter what I should write about. This series of posts are inspired by those requests. A reader suggested this one. The wellbeing industry is a reaction to, from where I see it, the second coming of Taylorism that has haunted the corridors of offices across the planet in … Continue reading Blogpost 2000: Forced Fun

Blogpost 2000: Your First Post

To celebrate my 2000th blogpost, I asked Twitter what I should write about. This series of posts are inspired by those requests. Adam Learning suggested this one. Like many things that I do, I didn't really know why I started blogging. I had bought the mattballantine.com domain in a moment of digital vanity, and the … Continue reading Blogpost 2000: Your First Post