Brody MacLean

G'day, I’m Brody MacLean, a multi-disciplinary product designer based in Sydney, Australia.

Currently, I’m designing software for the insurance industry at Mitti.

Why Australia’s Crosswalk Buttons are the Best

Next time you impatiently press a pedestrian crossing button again and again, spare a thought for its ingenious design.

The three-or-four-hours rule for getting creative work done

"...we live in a system that demands too much of us, leaves no time for rest, and makes many feel as though their survival depends on working impossible hours. But it's also true that we're increasingly the kind of people who don't want to rest – who get antsy and anxious if we don't feel we're being productive.
The usual result is that we push ourselves beyond the sane limits of daily activity, when doing less would have been more productive in the long run."

Remote working tips

A Twitter thread worth reading for tips on the "new normal" of remote work.

tl;dr

  • Get a great chair and desk
  • Understand async working
  • Always over-communicate
  • Ask for help regularly
  • Go to lunch with people
  • Pick up an active hobby
  • Travel as much as you can
  • Have a great work setup
  • Learn when to finish the day
  • More time for family & friends
  • Get a noise-cancelling headset
  • Block off time in your calendar
  • Have a ‘transition’ activity
  • Document everything you do
  • Separate work & living space
  • Take walking meetings
  • Only attend essential meetings
  • Still see your colleagues
  • Remember to take breaks
  • Always assume positive intent

Thinking in Bets

These are my notes & quotes on ideas and concepts I found interesting from Thinking In Bets. Buy the book →

Over time, those world-class poker players taught me to understand what a bet really is: a decision about an uncertain future. The implications of treating decisions as bets made it possible for me to find learning opportunities in uncertain environments. Treating decisions as bets, I discovered, helped me avoid common decision traps, learn from results in a more rational way, and keep emotions out of the process as much as possible.

Thinking in bets starts with recognizing that there are exactly two things that determine how our lives turn out: the quality of our decisions and luck. Learning to recognize the difference between the two is what thinking in bets is all about.

Pete Carroll was a victim of our tendency to equate the quality of a decision with the quality of its outcome. Poker players have a word for this: “resulting.” When I started playing poker, more experienced players warned me about the dangers of resulting, cautioning me to resist the temptation to change my strategy just because a few hands didn’t turn out well in the short run.

Hindsight bias is the tendency, after an outcome is known, to see the outcome as having been inevitable. When we say, “I should have known that would happen,” or, “I should have seen it coming,” we are succumbing to hindsight bias.

2021 Redesign: Work in Progress

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late.
— Reid Hoffman

I pushed the WIP version of Brody.com v10 last Friday with the focus on having the basics migrated across and built out plus the slight pressure of building in public to urge me to progress things along.

Below are the outstanding tasks I'll be chipping away at over the next month or 2.*