Devin Northrup

Just before closing time, three astronauts walked into bar looking for trouble. I wasn't one of them.

I'm Devin Northrup

Devin Northrup

Devin Northrup

Just before closing time, three astronauts walked into bar looking for trouble. I wasn't one of them.


 
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Productivity | Metaphor | Learning | Career Development

Don't Be a "Cargo Cult" Craftsman

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I love a good metaphor. My preoccupation with metaphors once led me to set up a blog dedicated to metaphors. It has since fallen by the wayside, but my enjoyment of metaphors has not. Cargo Cults are a great metaphor subject and I’d like to use it to illustrat…

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Design Process | Completed Projects | Degreed

Today's Learning on Degreed

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We recently released an exciting feature on Degreed called “Today’s Learning”. I played a significant role in its coming to life. I wanted to put down a few thoughts from the design process. While this isn't an exhaustive look at the process, hopefully it stil…

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The Essential, but Frequently Absent, Skill of Organization

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Being organized is a skill, not a born trait. Organization skills are developed by following the same strategies you’d use to develop skills in communication, repairing engines, or folding paper airplanes. For many years, I’ve made developing my organizational…

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Design Process

Facilitating Divergent and Convergent Thinking on Teams

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The design process is comprised of cycles of divergent and convergent thinking. A skilled designer is able to correctly identify when to employ each method of thinking, and is able to guide team members to do the same. What is divergent and convergent thinking…

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Great Designers are Great Communicators

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I came across a fantastic article today entitled "Great Designers are Great Communicators". Many design decisions are made intuitively, and often designers can be caught off guard when their decisions are inevitably questioned. The article offers great suggest…