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Links and articles about technology, design, and sociology. Written by Rian van der Merwe.

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If this is your first time visiting Elezea, I’d like to say welcome, and thanks for reading!

I often land up on a new site and wonder if the article I just read is indicative of the type of content I can expect on an ongoing basis. Sure, I can tell you that I write about technology, design, and sociology, and that would be true. But it’s probably much more useful for you to get a sense of the ebb and flow of the site by reading/skimming some articles that I believe are a good reflection of the content and style here.

So that’s what this is. A list of articles that, if I had my way, wouldn’t fade away in the distance of our chronologically ordered web. If you like these pieces, I’d love for you to follow along — either via RSS, on Twitter, or by weekly email. You can also learn a little bit more about me here. Thanks again for sticking around — I know how precious time and attention are!

Thoughts on design and product management

Expanded user journey maps: combining several UX deliverables into one useful document

UX deliverables have taken a few knocks so far this year, but here’s one proposal for a deliverable that can really help us design better products.

An agency workflow for Responsive Web Design

Some thoughts on adjusting traditional design workflows to a multi-device responsive model.

What a Product Manager should focus on in the first 90 days

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by how much there is to do. So here are some recommendation on how to spend the first 3 months of being a Product Manager at a new company.

The dangerous gap between those who make software, and those who use it

The gap between the technical skills required to use the software we make, and what the majority of people are actually capable of, is widening at an alarming rate.

Craggy rocks: content strategy and the art of language design for the web

Beauty in design isn’t just the job of visual designers. The words we choose have a definite effect on the emotion and aesthetic of web sites.

General thoughts on life and experience

A story about Miles Davis and the nature of true genius

What listening to Kind of Blue for 3 days straight taught me about life, design, and what it means to be a genius.

Coffee, sense of place, and designing whole experiences

What a visit to an exceptional coffee shop taught me about designing experiences for the web.

How to do what you love, the right way

A call to forget about job titles, and instead spend time to develop the skills needed to “do what you love.”

A life less posted

This is not a Facebook breakup post. Ok, maybe a little bit.

On criticism, cynicism, and how to turn John Cage quotes into Internet jokes

I have nothing to say and I’m saying it…

Legacy

What do you want to leave behind when you go?