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.

2021 Redesign: Work in Progress

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

I pushed the WIP version of 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.*

The Gap by Ira Glass

This video is something I revisit over and over and throught I'd drop it into the feed as I use my site more for a space to post things I'm interested in.

2021 Redesign: Objectives

Another year, another redesign of to give me the chance to iterate upon the design, improve my front-end skillz and try out a shiny new tool or two.

I thought I'd jot down the objectives & principles for the 2021 redesign to use as the guiding stars when designing and developing.

My space of the internet

My aim is to create a space to post videos, quotes, links, images and also longer blog posts, which I never seem to get around to finishing 😬. I'm thinking something like a Tumblog, tagged to filter down by type & topic.

Alongside the posts, I'd like to create a timeline library of the TV shows, movies, courses, books & video games I complete with a basic rating system similarly filterable by type to see just the latest movies I've watched, for example. Currently, I use the Letterboxd API for this exact thing on my about page but with the mixed content, I think it might be cleaner to do that manually for this section.

Ease to post

The friction of jumping onto my laptop, launching iTerm, changing directory, opening the directory in VS Code, firing up Gridsome, creating a new file, futzing with the front matter, previewing, pushing code to Github β€” you get the gist. It's a whole effort to post and now that I want to post more short-form content, the current workflow to post is too cumbersome.

Remote: No Office Required

In thirty years’ time, as technology moves forward even further, people are going to look back and wonder why offices ever existed.
β€” Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

The time is right for remote work

Why work doesn’t happen at work

If you ask people where they go when they really need to get work done, very few will respond β€œthe office.” If they do say the office, they’ll include a qualifier such as β€œsuper early in the morning before anyone gets in” or β€œI stay late at night after everyone’s left” or β€œI sneak in on the weekend.” What they’re trying to tell you is that they can’t get work done at work. The office during the day has become the last place people want to be when they really want to get work done. That’s because offices have become interruption factories. A busy office is like a food processorβ€” it chops your day into tiny bits. Fifteen minutes here, ten minutes there, twenty here, five there.

Even short commutes stab at your happiness. According to the research, commuting is associated with an increased risk of obesity, insomnia, stress, neck and back pain, high blood pressure, and other stress-related ills such as heart attacks and depression, and even divorce.

Say you spend thirty minutes driving in rush hour every morning and another fifteen getting to your car and into the office. That’s 1.5 hours a day, 7.5 hours per week, or somewhere between 300 and 400 hours per year, give or take holidays and vacation. Four hundred hours is exactly the amount of programmer time we spent building Basecamp, our most popular product. Imagine what you could do with 400 extra hours a year. Commuting isn’t just bad for you, your relationships, and the environmentβ€”it’s bad for business.

Stop commuting your life away

According to the research,* commuting is associated with an increased risk of obesity, insomnia, stress, neck and back pain, high blood pressure, and other stress-related ills such as heart attacks and depression, and even divorce.

October 2019 stats

The end of the year has snuck up on me, so it's time to measure and focus on my goals.

Books πŸ“š

Making of a Manager
Progress 77 - 100%

Scott Pilgrim, Volume 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Progress 48 - 77%

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
Progress 0 - 80%

The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation
Progress 0 - 68%