Laurel Hechanova

Designer, Advocate, Essentialist

When was the last time you felt daring?

We take risky moves just by being alive and going about our days: we eat food from places we don’t know, cooked by people we’ve never seen; we trust cars will stay on the road when we walk on sidewalks. So many things we do seem low-risk and actually depend on really tenuous social contracts in order to work.

How would you like to see the world evolve with technology?

Whatever we do, we have to evolve meaningfully. If you’re evolving a product, be purposeful. Always keep an eye on why that product exists. You’ll serve your customers better and avoid setting off an AI-driven robot uprising (unless that was your goal this whole time, you heedless fool!).

Is your glass half-full or half-empty?

Honestly, it’s just so nice to have a glass. Is it almost empty? Are you with friends? Lucky you! Get the next round.

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Good Design Is Good Business: Don’t Wait to Start Sprinting

Creative design won’t happen unless you get executives and designers in the same room working toward the same goal. Sprints give people a chance to collaborate with others they might not normally work with, which is a powerful recipe for new ideas.

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