Designed For Humans, Not A Machine

Several months ago, I signed up for a course on Human-Centered Design. The class began this week, and it has already opened my eyes to the ways in which our world often neglects human factors when creating or revisiting products and systems. We design aesthetically stunning marble showers, in which people slip and injure themselves.... Continue Reading →

Thinking in Three Dimensions

One of my favorite childhood hobbies was solving jigsaw puzzles. I started with simple shapes and quickly graduated up to the boxes filled with 1000 pieces. My parents always gaped at the way I was able to mentally rotate and place the pieces, visually building the picture in my mind before translating that vision on... Continue Reading →

Self-Assessment in a World of Noise

There is an overwhelming abundance of tools to discover your purpose, and just as many people advising us that a clearly defined purpose is the key to happiness. I find it curious and amusing that humans are the only creatures that have rejected their sole biological purpose--gene propagation--in favor of the lifelong, stress-inducing journey to... Continue Reading →

A Premature Personal Statement

Five years ago, I abandoned my three-year-old blog and 3,700 followers. It felt like a home, until it didn’t. The community was filled with support, encouragement, and just enough heckling to scare me away. The tagline of that blog was “the subjective perspective of an analytical analyst,” and apart from being a mouthful, those words... Continue Reading →

What is Existential Ergonomics?

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.” --Jean-Paul Sartre What if we could wrestle down life’s big questions using the scientific method? What if we could systematically improve human thoughts, actions, and environments... Continue Reading →

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