Monthly Archives: June 2019

Specialization is for Insects

I’ve found so many designers being caught up in the definition of their job description – they are only supposed to craft stuff, graphical stuff. Sometimes they are trapped by people’s stereotypes, and sometimes they trap themselves.

I classify myself as a rebellious designer – I am a designer, and I am not either. I love to deal with some parts of the world that I don’t necessarily need to deal with. And I find pure intellectual enjoyment out of it.

We are not bees.

Anthony Bourdain wasn’t just a great chef – he infused the cuisine into thoughts of human condition and cultures of the “Parts Unknown”. Allen Iverson’s college football coach said he could have been much more stellar if he chose football over basketball. Bruce Lee is a striking philosopher and martial artist. Leonardo da Vinci was a phenomenal painter, scientist, musician and much more.

I am not talking about the T-shape. I am talking about “T-T-T-T”-shape. No one can be good at everything, but can definitely be relatively good at various things. One gets to find out what these various things are and things they are not that good at. We are capable in multiple areas, and the most capable ones can think laterally to make connections.

Higher education only takes 4 years or less to train someone ready for a professional. But we don’t just have 40 years, and it means we can pursue 10 more professionals in our life span.

(P.S. Thoughts after listening to Joe Rogan’s interview with Naval Ravikant)

“Blue Apron菜谱都给了,为什么不做熟再送过来?”

有人问Blue Apron的存在价值是什么:不就是生鲜delivery吗?菜谱都给了为什么不炒好再送来?还有人回答类似“做好的菜送到了不就凉了”。我实在忍不住回复:

“就像问:’人类为什么还要吃各式美食,天天喝soylent不就行了吗?简单快捷又营养齐全

做菜本身就是极大的需求:和亲朋好友间活动交互的社会性需求、按照菜谱把一顿菜’从无到有的被empowered的自我实现的需求、能更方便接触碰到异国风情食材的探索性的需求。”

我对这些人很容易失去耐性:他们在tech里扮演着重要角色、是tech产品的缔造者之一,但他们“永远get不到”。大概就像Jobs说的当时Xerox公司里的“Toner-Heads”:他们对什么是好的和坏的没有概念,他们对产品缺乏(敏锐的)感受力。

I don’t want to live in a world where the product is only built by these people.