Chad Mazzola

  • Designing self-sustaining systems

    Technology and design both share a concern for creating solutions to problems. What causes them to diverge is a matter of ethics. — 14 Dec 2015

  • Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect

    Wabi-sabi can be summarized as the acknowledgement of three simple realities: “nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” — 03 Nov 2013

  • Creative work cannot be managed

    Traditional management strategies are useless for problems that require creative thinking. And almost every job that has meaning for the future of humanity requires creative thinking. — 29 May 2013

  • Beautiful code does not make a beautiful product

    If the purity of a codebase would suffer from a change that enhances the experience of users, then the code should suffer. — 27 Mar 2013

  • What you should know before joining a startup

    Your stock options are unlikely to make you rich, so make sure you enjoy the work enough to make it through the tough times. — 18 Mar 2013

  • The advantages of design in the 21st century

    A summary of the paper “A Cautious Prometheus? A Few Steps Toward a Philosophy of Design” by Bruno Latour. — 14 Feb 2013

  • Guns as technology, guns as culture

    Debates about gun rights must acknowledge that guns are not only technology, they are culture and symbol. — 18 Dec 2012

  • Design & Hacking

    In order to meaningfully shape the future, design must challenge and overturn entrenched systems, not simply create new packages for yesterday's ideas. — 22 Nov 2012

  • Don’t Make Me Wait

    Web-based apps that match the speed and responsiveness of native apps are better for users, but they require more investment from product and engineering teams. — 08 Nov 2012

  • Going from Zero to One

    Zero to one is the process of creating new things while 1 to n is “copying things that work.” — 01 Nov 2012

  • The Design of Design

    An overview of several main ideas from Fred Brooks’ book The Design of Design. — 09 Oct 2012