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  • Writer's pictureAdriana Lakatosova

Platform Digest 2023.02: On Intentional Design

🥂 On time for your first weekend of the year: a round-up of this week's most remarkable stories at the intersection of #ecosystem #innovation and #platform #organisation.

Good Design is Intentional

Scenarios, where everything is perfectly aligned for a feature or product to work exactly as intended, are the path of least resistance. The inconvenient complexities of what might go wrong are pushed to the side or ignored altogether. Our focus becomes the MVP (minimum viable product) while handling edge cases becomes secondary. However, these edge cases seldom get addressed, and more often than not, the MVP becomes the final version. Long-term consequences are ignored over short-term gain, and this is precisely when features and products are set up to negatively impact people.

🧑‍🎨 Design 101 in a world of designers - in Humane by Design.

The Strangely Beautiful Experience of Google Reviews

Because of Google Reviews — because multiple people took the time to review this squat bridge in the middle of nowhere — I felt like I was part of some shared human experience, the newest member of an obscure club. Maybe the other reviewers would disagree, but this moment felt powerful, like seeing other people’s names etched into a park bench or finding yourself deeply moved by the graffiti inside a public bathroom stall. But it was also weird: This tool for consumer reviews had become a digital guestbook for anything and everything in the world.

🤗 When reviewing becomes a true craft - by Will McCarthy.

The Four Shifts: An Overview

Human minds are like champagne corks. With new experiences and interactions, they swell and expand. And they no longer fit back into the bottle they emerged from. During the past 1000 days everybody in the world has gone through a social, health, government, business, and personal crisis because of Covid, rapidly shifting economies and other changes. This has exposed the fault lines in society and business that existed before 2019 and new technology break throughs and work behaviors have created secondary and tertiary shocks and people are different. The future does not fit in the mindsets of the past.

🧠 Is the mindset last to adapt? - Rishad Tobaccowala.

Creators, Creativity, and Technology with Bob Iger

2005, there were forces of disruption, they were already impacting the business, but they were still relatively superficial. Web 1.0 and the internet growth we were seeing back then were starting to impact a variety of things, including consumer behaviour. But not merely as much obviously as we have seen, but it was clear that the promise of the internet was vast, and I think that there was anxiety that was just starting to build in the [media ]industry. People running traditional media companies were being asked to be visionaries and how were they going to 1/ contempt with disruption, and 2/ how would they thrive in a newly disrupted world… As I looked ahead at a world where there was so much distribution, I also saw a world where there’ll be a lot production, creativity and a lot more consumption.

🤷‍♀️ How does a company, that was born in the industrial age, thrive in that kind of world👆? - A16Z with Bob Iger.

If you like this digest, you might appreciate the sister newsletter at the intersection of #technology, #business, #design, and #culture as well. This week's edition is all about Post-Scarcity.

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