Modern groundskeeping can make all the difference in winning and losing like inclusive rituals can determine the success or failure of our design teams’ work

If you’re under a rock, you’ve given up watching television, or are American — apologies to my country people — you may not know that the 2020 UEFA European Football Championships are going on. Also called Euro 2020 (delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic but the year didn’t change), there are 24 countries currently playing, including Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Ukraine among others. France (2018 World Cup winners), Germany, Netherlands…

Two of the four principles by which I best work, having come up as a designer and leading as a design director — two of two articles

About a year ago, I listened to an episode of The Ezra Klein Show where Klein talked to Alison Gopnick, professor of psychology and philosophy at Berkeley, about her work as a developmental psychologist and her book, “The Gardener and the Carpenter”.

Full stop, this is one of the most enlightening conversations I’ve listened to in recent memory — Klein calls it out on the episode page as one that will help you…

Two of the four principles by which I best work, having come up as a designer and leading as a design director — one of two articles

When I first started writing this article, I thought I would start with the idea that we all have a reptilian brain and get into how we make bad choices because we’re unduly motivated by instincts of survival — flight or fight, reflexive behaviors, reproduction, and other methods of regulating our bodies. And then I found out it wasn’t true. Well, not exactly.

A screen of search results for “lizard brain” using Duck Duck Go
A selection of search results for “lizard brain”

I began by searching for “lizard brain”. I found some…

Three things I’ve learned while running 170 km combined in July and August

Photo by Joshua Sortino

After running 80 km two months ago, my goal for July and August was to run the same amount while following the Nike Run Club’s half marathon training. And I’m happy to report that I achieved both month’s goals and in the process, I ended up running my longest times, my farthest distance, and my fastest 1K since 2013. …

Thinking about the China-U.S. relationship through the lens of a social video-sharing service

Photo by Morning Brew

TikTok — a social video-sharing service based in China best known for videos and animations that are less than a minute long (up to :15 for videos and :60 for loops) — is getting a lot of attention these days. Especially with the recent news that they’re suing the U.S. government.

The back story

In 2017, a Chinese internet company called ByteDance launched TikTok and the following year it was merged with, a ByteDance acquisition — which was known primarily for lip syncing videos (exactly what…

In a world where so many people are working from home, what does “working” from home really mean anyway?

Working from home isn’t a new thing — not by a long shot — but it feels pretty novel right now. This spring’s closure of schools as well as child care facilities, wearing masks, and blue tape on the ground spaced to six foot (social) distances as a result of the COVID-19 crisis seemed like a Band-Aid to solve a temporary problem in the United States (and around the world) but now, it resembles a long-term solution that’s not likely to be resolved any time soon.

Where am I going with all of this? Let’s look at how we work…

This is the second of two articles where I talk about a couple of the specific challenges we encountered while planning to move from New York City to San Francisco

Starting in July of last year, my family and I began the process to relocate from the east coast to the west coast for new digs and work. We decided to drive, sure, but how do we start? Where do we go from here? Metaphorically and literally.

Which way is the best to go? Start with empathy

Same mode as before, I needed to know what my wife wanted out…

This is the first of two articles where I talk about how my wife and I made the decision for our mode of travel, originally published on the thoughtbot blog

Starting in July of this year, my family and I began the process to relocate from the east coast to the west coast for new digs and work at thoughtbot San Francisco. After living in New York City for a decade, this wasn’t a decision taken lightly but I also didn’t know then just how complicated the process would end up being.

There are a lot of things that I…

Two lessons from running 80K meters in June

This is the second of two (so far) articles on my re-entry into running. The first one is here:

Photo by Hunter Bryant

After running 50K last month, my goal for June was to run just a little bit more, 60K. And to help get me there, I signed up for Nike Run Club’s half marathon training, what exact half marathon I’m training for, I have no idea.

And then, I ended up at 80 km — partially because I wasn’t really paying attention and because I was enjoying the running. …

This is about being half Korean and half white during this time of surging support for Black Lives Matter (BLM), and in the face of institutionalized racism, segregation, and discrimination — second of two articles

Why am I writing this?

A couple weeks ago, I said to my wife, “I don’t feel like I can say anything about BLM because I’m not really a person of color.”

She raised her eyebrows at me.

I continued, unsure what that gesture meant, “Sure, I can examine my own biases, I can amplify and be an ally for other people of color, and…

Skipper Chong Warson

Design director at SoftServe, host of How This Works, coach with Plucky, advisor at Shep. Formerly at thoughtbot SF, Fjord NYC, and PBS FRONTLINE among others.

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