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  • Dan Saffer // March 2010 Blog Archives
    Perform a cello violin duet with Fiona Buy a new cello Go to New Orleans Go to Rome Go to Barcelona Go to Africa Go to South America Go to India Go to the South Pacific Go to Bhutan Go to a state I ve never been to I have 10 to choose from Hire my 20th employee Spend a day in a pub doing nothing but reading talking drinking Prepare an amazing dinner for friends Do an extended stay in another country Win a design award Donate a large sum to charity Go whitewater rafting Launch a consumer electronics product Launch a Kicker branded product Learn a new skill Do a road trip Drink a bottle of very expensive wine Have a romantic meal in Paris with Rachael Buy an antique piece of furniture Take a martial arts class Speak at a non design conference Design a truly useful product Buy an antique device Teach a class Reread the Patrick O Brien Aubrey Maturin series Mentor a designer Meet one of my heroes Write a personal essay Give a talk on something that isn t design Rent a vacation house for a week and have friends stay over Read The Baroque Cycle Become debt free Do something amazingly generous and unasked for for someone I don t know Originally posted on Sunday March 28 2010 Link Comments 1 Trackback 0 February 2010 Main June 2010 Archives August 2010 June 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February

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  • Dan Saffer // February 2010 Blog Archives
    or at least important to the me of February 16 2009 Even though objectively only doing some 50ish percent of them is probably a failure doing 25 important things was still a good way to spend a year That s more than two great things a month on average and even in a terrible year like the one I just had that s not too bad I did learn a few things about lists like this however if you re thinking of doing one of your own Don t rely on other people for instance Keep it to things you can do alone if necessary Don t put things that you have to do daily on them because that just sets you up for failure Try to make them discrete events whenever possible break them up into pieces The hardest ones are obviously those you simply can t go out and buy or just do The ones you really have to work up to in order to do are tricky and most of the ones remaining on my old list are of this sort In theory those are the most rewarding as well I m working on my 50 Before 50 list which will be since it is 10 years not one broader in scope and deeper in ambition than 40 before 40 ever was It s also taking me longer to figure out But I think it too will be a worthwhile experiment Originally posted on Wednesday February 17 2010 Link Comments 1 January 2010 Main March 2010 Archives August 2010 June 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008

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  • Dan Saffer // January 2010 Blog Archives
    December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005 April 2005 March 2005 February 2005

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  • Dan Saffer // December 2009 Blog Archives
    21 Ben Folds Rockin the Suburbs 2001 20 Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend 2008 19 Moby 18 2002 18 Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga 2007 17 Sea Wolf Leaves in the River 2007 16 Mates of State Re Arrange Us 2008 15 Ryan Adams Rock N Roll 2003 14 The Weakerthans Left and Leaving 2000 13 U2 All That You Can t Leave Behind 2000 12 Josh Ritter Animal Years 2006 11 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The Rising 2002 10 Liz Phair Liz Phair 2003 Hipsters hated this album but its really a pop gem filled with some seriously catchy songs 9 Beck Sea Change 2002 Beck at his warmest saddest most human and without flash 8 Cat Power The Greatest 2007 Achingly beautiful 7 Sufjan Stevens Illinois 2005 This album should be a gimmick but it isn t A real song cycle and by god a song that makes you empathize with serial killer John Wayne Gacy 6 The Thermals Now We Can See 2009 The most recent album on the list This album rocks With heart 5 Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head 2002 Yes I know Coldplay sucks Now This album is now weirdly underrated but it s gorgeous powerful and insanely influential 4 Eels Blinking Lights And Other Revelations 2005 Really a masterpiece Free ranging in its ruminations but personal Atmospheric but not in a grandiose way 3 PJ Harvey Stories from the City Stories from the Sea 2000 2 Arcade Fire Funeral 2004 1 Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 2002 Honorable Mentions in alphabetical order Brendan Benson Lapalco 2002 Carla Bruni Quelqu un M a Dit 2003 Fountains of Wayne Welcome Interstate Managers 2003 Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight 2008 Green Day American Idiot 2004 Jack s Mannequin Everything in

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  • Dan Saffer // October 2009 Blog Archives
    you don t need to be held responsible for what you think and that by and large you don t have any business knowing what other people think p 77 Better to think that you re like your fellow man than to think that no man could be you or take your place which is crazy and leads straight to melancholy for a life that never existed and to ridicule Anyone could be anyone else in most ways p 81 We should all know what s at the end of our ropes and how it feels to be there p 85 What s friendship s realest measure I ll tell you The amount of precious time you ll squander on someone else s calamities and fuck ups p 97 A life can simply change the way a day changes sunny to rain like the song says But it can also change again p 107 Married life requires shared mystery even when all the facts are known p 131 If you lose all hope you can always find it again p 131 Some things just can t be explained They just are And after a while they disappear usually forever or become interesting in another way p 223 You can t be too conventional That s what ll save you p 335 At one time or another like it or not we all become invisible loosed from body and duty left to drift on the night breeze to do as we will to cast about for what we would like to be when we next occur Just to slide away like a whisper down the wind is no small freedom and if we re lucky to win such a setting free even if it s bad events that cause it we

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  • Dan Saffer // April 2009 Blog Archives
    Core77 and NewTeeVee The second project was a touchscreen VoIP conference phone for small businesses the Kicker Conference Phone We set out to fix a known problem conference phones suck and ended up with something really special I think It got good reviews in Wired CrunchGear Gadgetrends and VoIPinsider Originally posted on Saturday April 18 2009 Link Comments 0 March 2009 Main October 2009 Archives October 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005 April 2005 March 2005 February 2005 January 2005 December 2004 November 2004 October 2004 September 2004 August 2004 July 2004 June 2004 May 2004 April 2004 March 2004 February 2004 January 2004 December 2003 November 2003 October 2003 September 2003 August

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  • Dan Saffer // March 2009 Blog Archives
    I know because I partner with them all the time to do those parts of experience design Are there going to be generalists Sure Many of them working in small or single person teams And perhaps since they will likely do the bulk of UX work in their organizations user experience designer is a fine title and role for them But my hunch is that like general practitioners in the medical field what generalists in the UX field will work on will be constrained to a set of limited problems For anything really complex specialists will deal with it I m pretty sure this is the situation we re in right now in fact Specialization isn t a bad thing In fact for most industries it s a sign of maturity If we use medicine as an example again a century or so ago there were pretty much two kind of doctors doctors general practitioners and surgeons the people who cut your leg off when it had gangrene As the medical field matured over the last century specializations emerged because we learned more about the body and understood that not all medical problems are the same Nor are all design problems the same certain problems require certain specialized disciplines to engage with them Complex situations often require teams of specialists to solve them Logically if everyone who works in experience design should be called a user experience designer does this mean visual and industrial designers should take that title too And how about architects Sound designers It s simply an impractical and illogical call to arms and ultimately unlikely and undesirable If we all switch to the title and role of user experience designer finding the right specialist is going to get harder How are employers and clients going to know which user experience designer to engage or hire There is already a wide range of skills among the practitioners of information architecture and interaction design To toss everyone together will make it even more difficult for the organizations that hire us to evaluate individual skills and experience to make sure they have the right person for the work they have This is not a trivial problem we want to make it as easy as possible to be found Findability anyone In a broader sense it seems to me the movement to dissolve information architecture into user experience design is simply an admission of information architecture s declining visibility and especially how limited information architecture actually is in practice Outside of large online spaces the percentage of time most people in the UX field spend doing the structure and categorization of information is probably staggeringly small even among people whose job title is information architect This is even granting that on the web the difference between information architecture and interaction design can be trivial or academic When we move to more functionality rich instead of content rich products there is a huge difference between the two disciplines A person with

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  • Dan Saffer // February 2009 Blog Archives
    cello suites reasonably well Buy a nice watch Put myself on the bone marrow transplant donor list See a product launch that my company designed Eat at Burma Superstar Do 100 pushups in a single session Get my second tattoo Set up a real retirement savings plan Lose 10 pounds Read Bleak House Give blood Teach Fiona how to ride a two wheeler bike Do 200 situps Spend a day doing service Visit a national park Go on a decent vacation with my family Do 20 pullups Get an interesting new pair of glasses Go wine tasting Build a robot Hire an employee Discover an amazing new band Have a spa day with Rachael Listen to a live classical music performance Write for or at least be mentioned in a major media publication Find another series of books Fiona and I can read together then read them Buy a piece of art Make a new friend Buy a coffee table for my living room Go to the real Northern California and see the giant redwoods Buy a new desk chair Do 30 minutes of exercise every day Eat at The French Laundry Give Rachael an unexpected gift Speak in front of a new audience Perform a cello violin duet with Fiona Originally posted on Monday February 16 2009 Link Comments 6 Trackback 0 December 2008 Main March 2009 Archives January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June

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