Delightful Reveal #6

A weekly update on all things Flagrant

Jack Permenter
By Jack Permenter
February 20, 2023

To the customer that said “Thank you for caring and making it good”, you’re welcome!

What we did:

  • Held a management summit.

    • Discussing team expectations so that we can grow our skill sets and clarity on what we all do everyday.
    • Booked tickets/airfare out to Madison for our March meeting.
  • That travel logistics platform we’re building.

    • Prepared basic marketing personas based on user research to date, and met with the client’s CMO and brainstormed brand naming and archetype ideas.
    • Completed three user research sessions. Prepared a findings report and wrote acceptance criteria for those designs that tested well.
    • Welcomed a new, collaborating product manager to our retrospective!
    • Restructured the data model for proposals by injecting a new expenses layer and dramatically simplified calculations.
  • Caught up with friendlies:

  • Talked through name options with Suzan Bond for a new product effort.
  • Published How I Use Emacs to Manage a Project by Chris.
  • Created an importer that will allow application users to bulk upload Customers, Service Locations, and Contacts. 
  • Flagged in a set of users to experience the new API we’ve been building over the past year.
  • Developing user customization on template, snippets and overall brand identity. 

What we’re reading:

  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (StoryGraph)
  • Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Mel Hudson (Goodreads) [Sentient octopodes!]
  • Ways of Being by James Bridle (NYTimes book review)
  • We Are Not ‘System Designers’ (and Other Random Thoughts On the Scales of Design) by Corneliux (UXPlanet
  • The Evolution of Auth0’s (Ops-first) Research Practice by Brad Orego (Medium)
  • The maze is in the mouse. What ails Google. And how it can turn… by Praveen Seshadri (Medium)
  • On Fear by Anne Gibson (The Interconnected)
  • “Are We Really Engineers?” by Hillel Wayne (Hillel Wayne)

What we’re listening to:

  • Bullseye interview with Mike Mills about C’mon C’mon (NPR), which is a really really excellent film
  • Golden girls…?

    • Golden Girls- Thank You For Being A Friend (Gospel Remix) (YouTube
    • The Golden Girls Theme - Single (Apple Music
  • Podcasts

    • Will Ozempic Solve Obesity In America? A Debate (Apple Podcast)
    • Your Undivided Attention - Synthetic Humanity: AI & What’s at Stake (Apple Podcast)
    • For Flux Sake - a pottery chemistry nerd podcast (Brickyard Network)
  • Tunes

    • Imperial March (Apple Music)
    • Robyn - Dancing On My Own (Official Video) (YouTube)
    • “Yards / Gardens” by Kate Bollinger (YouTube)
    • ‘New’ National Single (Spotify)
    • Titus Andromedon Stars In Cats The Musical Netflix Is A Joke (YouTube

What we’re interested in:

What we’re struggling with:

  • Lunch as an everyday activity
  • Having eaten bad hummus
  • A cold sore
  • Adjusting to forearm crutches
  • Adding new bullet points in shared docs
  • Deciding on new glasses
  • Waking up in the middle of the night with mystery ralphing and unsettled tummy feelings
  • Thinking of a good brewery name
  • My boyfriend isn’t a sandwich
  • Are boyfriend sandwiches hotdogs?
  • Clipboard laundering

What we’re buying:

What we’re celebrating:

  • “This is so cool, this is SO cool, this is gonna be game changer for us”
  • “Thank you for caring and making it good”
  • Gluing beans and sewing sequins to things, getting ready for Deep Gras and seeing all my friends out celebrating in the streets
  • SmartCrutches
  • Jazz Cups and the idea that maybe the same design could appear on crutches
  • My dog’s after bath zoomies
  • “Her boyfriend is a sandwich”

If you’re looking for a team to help you discover the right thing to build and help you build it, get in touch.