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By Christoph Ono, builder at GBKS, and tweetable at @GBKS.

What are common mistakes that new or inexperienced managers make?


The single most common mistake I see managers making is assuming that their job is to manage the people rather than the project, closely followed by trying to micro-manage the project itself. Trust and delegation are key to all of this. A good manager looks after a project not its people, concentrates on the big picture while letting others deal with the small details. A good manager achieves this by delegation.

Putting the Chat into Snapchat


But until today, we felt that Snapchat was missing an important part of conversation: presence. There’s nothing like knowing you have the full attention of your friend while you’re chatting.

I really like how they are continuing their unique take on their product.

"Objectified": Jonathan Ive

3/22/17 many of the products we are surrounded by want you to be very aware of how clever the solution was... at some level you're aware of a calm and considered solution that speaks to how you're going to use it, not to the terrible struggles we as designers and engineers had in trying to solve some of the problems.

Samsung Philosophy


Samsung will strive to ensure that reason and emotional sensibility are harmoniously embedded throughout the whole design process from cognition and the organization of thought to expression and creation.

It's a good idea for Samsung to define and declare their philosophy, and the vision of making technology work for people makes sense. But this writing style turns turns it into gibberish.

Raising a Moral Child


...criticize bad behavior and praise good character...

Well worth reading the whole post to internalize this approach to giving feedback.

The Ikea Effect


The Ikea effect is kind of simple: You build something and you fall in love with it.

Not only does “assemble yourself” furniture save them money and increase their business efficiency, it also has a psychological effect on you as a consumer that gets you to invest in the product.