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Designers Live in a Hellscape Created by Other Designers

Veteran product designer explains why this is a good thing

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Guaranteeing you’ll be wrong half the time. Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

“You ruined my life! All I see everywhere is bad design!”

— A non-designer friend

The outburst surprised me. I guess years of listening to me point out bad design finally took its toll. Instead of just traveling blithely…




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Michael McWatters

Michael McWatters

Director, Product Design at HBO Max, formerly TED. Skeptical humanist, earnest to a fault. Better after a nap. More:

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