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Revolutionising Web Creation: How Co-Creation Compares to Traditional Design

Cocreation vs Traditional web design

Hello there, incase you are new here -  my name is Orla and for about 20 years I was a traditional, freelance web and graphic designer. I started with html & CSS and eventually became a custom Wordpress website designer. Change has always been an intrinsic part of my industry but the pace of change lately has been astounding. New technologies, expanded knowledge, tightening regulations and minuscule attention spans have fundamentally changed the face of business. My own life changed fundamentally, becoming a parent twice and learning about my own neuro-divergency made me question how...

Invisible Minds

Invisible Minds Wide

I am sure I am not alone in my utter exhaustion at the onslaught of AI 'tools' being shoehorned into every offering at the moment. It feels like an enormous land grab by a tiny percentage of the population to own as much data, the new frontier, as possible. My inbox is overflowing with marketing and spam email, fuelled by AI writing tools, that can spin up convincing sales pitches in seconds. Unsubscribing is such an ordeal that entirely new services have been created to catapult those emails into a black hole because that is easier than unsubscribing… yes I really do want to unsubscribe,...

Overshare Shame Spiral

Shame Spiral Image

Oversharing is something I have had a tug of war with all of my life - on the one hand I am silenced by fear of saying the wrong / inappropriate thing and on the other hand I overshare and feel shame and panic while catastrophisizing about the possible cascading consequences (that somehow always end with me being publicly ridiculed and rejected - hello judgement my old friend). I am struggling with this experience at the moment after sending a well meaning but inappropriate, overshare message to a friend. The problem with sending such message (as opposed a face to face interaction) is the...

Technology’s potential to enhance the best of our nature instead of inflaming the worst

Technology's potential to enhance the best of our nature instead of inflame the worst

Probably the biggest battle for productivity is fighting the barrage of psychologically manipulative social technologies that have been designed to make us feel we are not enough, have missed out and need to keep clicking. I have always struggled to harness the never-ending stream of thoughts and ideas that course through my brain.  Social media bombards me with even more ideas, thoughts and feelings I could live without. I also have a very distorted view of time and reality.  This means that I feel like I can tackle every single one of those ideas all of the time.  While this is exciting...

The work battle is not the same for everyone

The work battle is not the same for everyone

Sometimes we forget that the world of work has been created by a very small percentage of predominantly privileged white men. When we read the stories of how they succeeded and internalise how their drive, morning routines, long hours and consistency got them to where they are, we forget all of the things they didn't have to battle to show up every day. I can't speak for everyone else but personally, every day I battle my hormonal state that naturally fluctuates every month, my 4-month-old baby who dictates how much sleep I get, the kitchen floors and countertops after my whirlwind...