Chapman Bettis, Designer
13 Ways Designers Screw Up Client Presentations by Mike Monteiro
This week, Matt shared a video with our team on the importance of communication in consulting work. The video is worth the watch, but it made me think a classic talk by design’s favorite crusty uncle, Mike Monteiro. I’ve probably watched this video once a year for the last 3 or so years, and every time I get something new out of it. Mike outlines the 13 perennial mistakes we all make in presentations, and through his trademark cocktail of sarcasm and expletives, offers up advice for how to avoid them in the future. It’s simple, straight forward advice that we all can learn from.
Jesse Hoyos, Designer
Normally here at MojoTech, our design research artifacts are pretty sprawling. We tend to not over think the tools we will use for any given task but instead focus on getting work done as quickly as possible. This often works well since we dont really spend a ton of time fighting or getting used to any given tool and instead rely on our constant collaboration to fill in the knowledge gaps as we go. However, after a year of working remotely I have started to have a new found respect for specialized tools that can help ease the burden when collaboration becomes more difficult to do in person. Thats where Dovetail comes in. It is an all-in-one tool for user research, it offers video recordings, text transcripts and async communication all in a single app. It looks really interesting and I'm definitely looking forward to trying it out.
Matt Rossi, Design Director
How teams can work remotely and stay productive
Adjusting to remote work life as a company had its challenges. Looking back now I can say the changes we were forced to make have been for the better. We’re not the same company we were in early 2020, and in a lot of ways we are better off.
“The best metric for increasing team effectiveness is employee productivity, not the amount of time they spend in the office.”
I’ve personally enjoyed going back into the office to break up the week, socialize, brainstorm, and collaborate with the team. It’s also helped keep my work/life balance in check—it was hard to keep those separate when your only option was home. I still work from home quite often, but it’s nice to have some options.
Give this article a read. I’m sure it will spark some healthy conversation if nothing else.
Chris Wynn, Front-End Engineer
Color. I love color, and you probably love color too. Creativity Explained is a video series that Adobe has been putting out that cover design and art fundamentals, and recently they put out a video on color with Eddie Opara. Eddie's commentary about color plays over an exquisite animation done by Oddfellows. The animation is such a joy to watch filled with bursts of psychedlic motion and color that reinforce the fundamentals Eddie explains. Definitely worth a watch.