Value, digital diets, and utilising the power of Shruggie


This week, we were divided between stealing moments outside and catching up on all the goings on at the Mobile World Congress (and yes doing work, we swear.) But here’s some articles to get your digital diet balanced.

Number one - Defining value

Success is in the eye of the beholder, but measuring that success is easier said than done. Many say something was successful because it delivered value. In The Startup, this ‘value’ is put under a microscope. An organisation has several different values (business, customer, organisational), and as a result there is no unifying measure of success across these values. With this ambiguity comes different meanings of value and different ways to measure them, leading to a confused organisation that’s successes may be going unrecognised.

Number two - A balanced digital diet

Eating a nutritional diet is something that’s becoming more and more prominent, especially with the rise of health conscious influencers. But, what about the digital content we’re consuming? We ‘feed’ our brains with digital content for most of the day, so should we make sure it’s a balanced diet, and what would that look like? The Cut explores this topic.  In the meantime, at least you have the Weekly Sett to keep your food (content) high quality.

Number three - Learning from video games

As a medium, video games are completely reliant on user interfaces (UI). A good video game UI maintains an experience that keeps a player immersed for the entire game. Overtime this aspect of video games has been innovated and developed, breaking away from 8bit and finding new ways to present vital information to users without breaking the experience.

UXBooth argues that user experience designers could learn a thing or two from video game UI, from the menus of in-game inventory to grabbing a player’s attention seamlessly with points of interest.

Number four - Creating a truly innovative culture

An innovative work culture is on the top of almost everyone’s job hunting wishlists, and for a good reason. These cultures promote experimentation, challenging and rewarding employees for trying (even if the endeavor in question fails). Alongside this, these cultures have been found to actually foster innovation.

However, despite everyone from the board to the front desk agreeing an innovative culture is a good thing, barely anyone can maintain such a culture. Harvard Business Review notes that this is down to a misunderstanding of innovative cultures, and that many of us fail to see and understand the tougher but necessary sides of these cultures.

Number five -  All hail Shruggie

On certain parts of the internet, the shrug (or Shruggie), ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, is imbued with meaning. A sense of resignation, contention, acceptance, or as The Atlantic notes “the embrace of knowing that something’s wrong on the Internet and you can’t do anything about it.” In this piece by The Atlantic you can learn not only about this somewhat nihilistic symbol, but also how to type it.

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