Delightful Reveal #41
A weekly update on all things Flagrant
“You know how sometimes you get your bones vibrated?”
What we did:
- Untangled a mess of spaghetti code that handled everything involving the “scope” of a “collection” in a client app (i.e. the search, filtering, pagination, and sorting of a list).
- Described (and visualized) how users might maintain their data imports beyond the import to prompt conversation in our data working group.
- Drafted and discussed objectives and key results (OKRs) to track the product team’s progress towards helping our first customer adopt our system (and deprecate their old one).
- Continued analyzing last cycle’s user research for users planning multi-destination trips. Cut/shared highlight reels with the team, and scheduled time to discuss and agree takeaways.
- Reworked a design storyboard to reflect a fundamental change in our approach to templating.
- Identified outstanding questions blocking our ecosystem working group.
- Began user interviews!
- Attended user research session.
- Held a project based team roles & responsibilities meeting in preparation for our upcoming scope of work.
- Took a vacation to Montreal and stayed at a museum hotel (Hotel Uville).
- Worked on sticker designs.
- Designed and revised banners for an event.
- Designed a table runner for Flagrant.
- Created SVG bugs and dirt.
- Animated marching ants for Madison+ Ruby.
- Started on a process for uploading and processing a CSV import.
- Started looking at designs for an HTTP(s) redirection explainer.
- Started implementing a front end redesign that involved a responsive nav, and a turbo frame fueled flyout.
- Getting excited about RubyConf! We’re proud to be a sponsor and look forward to connecting with folks at our booth #6. Shout out to Val on her awesome designs for RubyConf!
What we’re reading:
- In the Time of Our History by Susanne Pari
- The Fragile Threads of Power by V.E. Schwab
- Giving a Shit as a Service
- Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
- Escaping the Build Trap by Melissa Perri
- Coda Handbook for Planning and OKRs
- Confusing Git Terminology
- Answers to Common Web Design Questions
- Yes, It’s Time To Order The Turkey
- Batavia’s Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny by Mike Dash
- Soviet Bus Stops
What we’re watching:
- Of an Age
- Battle Bots
- Warrior S3
- Lower Decks S4
- Our Flag Means Death S2
- Kitchen Nightmares (new season)
- Last days of Summer in Tokyo vlog by Sol Life
- Next In Fashion
- We Have a Ghost
What we’re listening to:
- Fresh Air: “A ‘Practical Guide’ for People with Long COVID”
- Fresh Air: “Why Our Allergies are Getting Worse”
- Articles of Interest: “A few shoes (live)”
- Decoder Ring: “When Art Pranksters Invaded Melrose Place”
- Arlo Parks: Tiny Desk Concert
- Lawrence Lessig Decoder Interview
- Not Over You by Taemin
- Pop Goes Punk: Somebody That I Used To Know - Mayday Parade
- God of Music by Seventeen
- Sokkar by Elyanna
- From Eden by Hozier
What we’re interested in:
- Finding a place to sell prints
- Finding a new winter coat
- Evoker wizards’ ability to sculpt spells (namely, Fireball)
- OXO Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener, Black (amazon)
- The Chinese Canadian museum in Vancouver, BC
- Chinatown in Vancouver, BC, and The Chinese Tea Shop there
- Makesensemess: An Annual Celebration of Sensemaking
- YouTube ad blocker crackdown
- The art of Parviz Tanavoli
- Spell Caster by Steve Gardner
- Ad-hoc pottery nerd tours of ceramics studios in every city I visit (shout out to Morning Ceramics and Radius Art Studio in Portland)
What we’re struggling with:
- Low spoons
- Shower faucet broke
- Brother is going through a health scare
What we’re buying:
- A replacement keyboard
- New shower faucet
- Blue Lotus Chai - Traditional Masala Chai - Makes 100 Cups - 3 Ounce Masala Spiced Chai Powder with Organic Spices - Instant Indian Tea No Steeping - No Gluten (amazon)
- Baby Stuff! Stroller, car seat, etc.
- Polyhedral dice
- Moving butterfly cat toy
- Art by Paper Puffin of cute cats making pottery
- Work by Bang Bang Crafts
What we’re celebrating:
- It’s cold enough to turn the heater on
- My husband having a spare keyboard for me to switch into after spilling milk tea on my old one and it made the keys sticky
- Stuffed bao buns from T&T supermarket in Vancouver, BC
- Talk proposal accepted by the WI Safety Council
- The existence of Collage, a curated art/craft suppliers/collectibles/curiosities store in Portland, OR
- Amanda’s blog post getting featured in Hotwire Weekly #3!
If you’re looking for a team to help you discover the right thing to build and help you build it, get in touch.