The Secret History of the Apple Watch

An incredibly interesting article by David Pierce at Wired on the history of the Apple Watch and the design process at Apple.

Our phones have become invasive. But what if you could engineer a reverse state of being? What if you could make a device that you wouldn’t—couldn’t—use for hours at a time? What if you could create a device that could filter out all the bullshit and instead only serve you truly important information? You could change modern life. And so after three-plus decades of building devices that grab and hold our attention—the longer the better—Apple has decided that the way forward is to fight back. Apple, in large part, created our problem. And it thinks it can fix it with a square slab of metal and a Milanese loop strap.

Multitasking is a moral weakness

In this age of instant technology, we are bombarded with an overload of information and demands of our time. This is part of the reason GTD is so popular in the information world — it’s a system designed for quick decisions and for keeping all the demands of your life in order. But even if we are using GTD, sometimes we are so overwhelmed with things to do that our system begins to fall apart.

ZenHabits provides us a must-read: How NOT to Multi-task — a guide to working as simply as possible for your mental health.

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Product Manager and UX Designer — What’s The Difference?

Winning products are created by visionary, multidisciplinary teams that are able to deliver a stunning experience. Those who have mastered the magic of crafting the user experience are able to smash their weaker competitors...Today, User Experience Design is often associated with efficient, smart and beautiful products. Products that are simply well designed. This is exactly what the market wants to pay for. This is why Apple became such an important company. This is why Instagram is worth so much. And so on.

Interesting read by Marcin Treder on how A Product Manager’s role (in general) and a User Experience Designer’s role, somehow overlap.

“Product Manager and UX Designer — What’s The Difference?” by Marcin Treder