Week 8

Maps, chats and show and tells
February 21, 2020

🎧 Music. Proper mixed bag this week. Light indie pop, Jessy Lanza to hyperactive techno from Nathan Fake. Then darkness of worriedaboutsatan, haxan cloak to Bobby Krlics almost euphoric end score of midsommar.

πŸ“– don't know where Why Are We Yelling is going. If we can't argue to persuade someone out of their point of view, because the only mind we can change is ours, we should just accept it? What if that POV is dangerous?

πŸƒπŸ½ again, only 1 gym session for loaded squats this week. Felt good after. No knee pain this week 🀞

πŸ§˜πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ one morning of meditation. Tough one this week, felt a step behind every day. Foggy head that might be a head cold. Late for almost every meeting and had to ask several times what people meant in chats. When I sat down to do actual design work I felt distracted.

πŸš€πŸ‘ˆ goals this week:

  1. digitise other maps for identity - 1/5 - nope, think I might have to change this goal as it keeps coming back
  2. get the wider design team thinking about the customer experience outside their service (prepare for and run mapping workshop in the All Design community of practice) βœ…
  3. communicate the goals of membership evolution to the wider membership team (prepare for and run membership evo show and tell with joel) βœ…

πŸš€πŸ‘‰ goals next week:

  1. get login mapped
  2. think about co-operates login journey
  3. set up team for next steps on evo design

✏️ plenty of design chats this week which I love - obviously. Sam set up a shared components cross team meet up talking about styles and 'things' product teams can share. We agreed on some bits such as corner radius on cards and baselines. Sounds stupid, but they're inconsistent across different services and they're not in the design system yet, so it looks messy.

✏️ design crits and research post it note sessions make me feel πŸ₯° had two of those this week and they were most open, honest and constructive meetings I have all week. The team have moved really quick on a design and they're testing next week. I can't wait.

✏️ I feel like a lot of my job is getting other designers to talk to each other.


The Co-operate team in their new home in Angel Square πŸ™Œ


πŸ—Ί In our all design community of practice we mapped journeys across different services. This was to start to get designers to think about services and journeys rather than products. Really fun session that threw open some good chats.

πŸ“ˆ had a good talk with Lucy about creating a manager voltron rather than looking for one mentor, that's not going to teach you everything you need. I like chats with Lucy. She makes me think a lot.

πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨ bringing this one back for this week: sick to the back teeth with talking about design systems.

πŸ—£ had a show and tell about membership evolution work that expanded on last weeks all hands. It eased some nervousness about what we're doing and there were some good, engaging questions. I forget that some people don't have the context I do and sometimes it's good to get everyone in a room to show and tell them what's occurring over in another part of the business - get it out your head.

πŸ§›β€β™‚οΈstarted a new campaign for work D&D that I am DMing for. Had a few drop outs, but carried on with two again and had fun. Interestingly both Adam and Rob looked interested in joining in a cameo fashion. There's something I love about D&D being good at building teams and confidence. Jack Sheppard and I have thought and spoke about it a lot (usually drunk). There's something in it.

πŸ‘‹ hope you had a great weekend

The photo is just a photo of a nice hill I found on unsplash, because why not? It's by Jake Fagan.