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5 posts tagged solving problems

The Tax War

This opinion piece in The Economist has one of of the more balanced takes on the US (and Western World’s) current tax and income redistribution adventure. It asks a lot of the same questions that I’ve wondered myself.

I’m not a tax expert by any means, but it seems that our efforts shouldn’t be focused on how to get only the rich to pay more taxes directly, but on simplifying and streamlining the existing tax code: the result automatically being that everyone pays a more “fair” share of tax related to the revenue they bring in. I guess that just doesn’t have the same political punchiness in the pulpit for either side.

Later

What does procrastination tell us about ourselves?

I’ve never thought about it this way, but I agree. The tension between the part of me that wants to put something off and the part of me that gets things done seems like a split of selves—a battle between two entirely different initiatives.

ps – I procrastinated several months on reading this article.

The Decline Effect and the Scientific Method

Even the most strict application of the scientific method can’t get away from the fact that it’s being applied by imperfect humans that tend toward personal biases and vigorously defend their positions when even their own data contradicts them. This doesn’t prove that science is broken—except for when we forget about the human factor in science and treat it like unquestionable truth.

How to Kill a Bad Idea

Jason is applying this thinking to software, but I think it works for anything digital. How do you know when to stop tinkering in Photoshop? How do decide if you’ve shot too much digital footage? How many people is too many to follow on Twitter before it’s not as useful to you? When the boundaries aren’t physical the problem of curation is different.

Presenting Design Like You Get Paid For It

I’ve done both in my career. I’ve shown design options and let the client create a Frankenstein. And, I’ve shown the client what they need and helped them understand why they need it. Option #2 is always more successful for everyone involved.

More-so: I never design something based on presentation option #1, so why would I ever present that way? Showing clients that I understand their problems and helping them understand the solutions I’ve come up with leads to a more successful project, and makes me more valuable as a problem solver. Ultimately, I’m not a designer. I’m a problem solver.