And absolutely one of my favourite projects this year.
We worked on the narrative, brand and design systems for comms and product, Google.com homepage changes, and some more things you’ll see over the coming months and years.
Part of Hack to Help.
Our communities are facing all types of challenges with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In the midst of all of it, we’ve been inspired by the small hacks people are making to help in any way they can. So we’ve created this page as a resource for others who might want to help – whether that means creating something, contributing to others’ efforts, or simply volunteering your time to those in need.
Quickly made something to help teachers and students during the first weeks and months of the Coronavirus pandemic.
I recently took a Mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course for leaders called Search Inside Yourself.
It’s a two-day course, and I learnt a ton of really good stuff about Mindfulness, Self awareness, Self management, Motivation, Empathy and Leadership.
Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment in the mind, body and external environment, with an attitude of curiosity and kindness.
– Mindful Nation UK Report
I’m trying to build some new habits around a few of the core ideas that stood out for me personally. Especially five minute meditation, focussed attention, mindful listening, compassionate management and VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) environments.
One thing it’s also made me do is take a long hard look at my phone usage. Everything is now stripped back, simplified. Everything is now better.
I’m back on a 4‑inch phone (iPhone SE). I’m carrying a compact camera (Sony RX100 V). So it’s time for a mobile and apps screenshot post. I haven’t had an excuse to do this for 10 years, to the month.
Oh yeah… one more… the no devices in the bedroom thing. It’s a biggie. I promise. You really should get into that.
There are lots of people writing and thinking about this stuff right now. That’s not what this is about. I’m simply posting a small change I’ve made, that has helped me in some way. You are all smart and understand the why. Next, I’m hoping to try out this kind of approach on social and email usage.
Read more about what Google is doing
Read more about Search Inside Yourself
Here’s an quick overview
How do the best leaders manage change, stay resilient, and inspire growth? Developed at Google by leading experts in neuroscience, business, and psychology, we teach you the practical mindful leadership and emotional intelligence tools to bring out your best. What began as a mindful leadership initiative within Google has spread to over 30 countries and 100 cities around the world. Our training has been proven to: reduce stress, improve focus, raise peak performance, and improve interpersonal relationships.
AIGA, the professional association for design, recognized Google as an exemplary company modeling design’s potential to delight users, inspire visionary products and services, fuel innovation, and improve our world. Google received the AIGA Award at the AIGA Awards Gala on April 20, 2018 in New York City.
We made a video to say thank you. It has a bunch of work by me, my friends at Creative Lab, and across Google.
Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” And we believe design plays a big part in making things accessible and useful for everyone. Find out more at https://g.co/design. And check out the description below the video for a list of projects featured.
Happy to have played a small part in this. The team work on developing the idea, naming, branding, language, and created some some high level UX/UI and design guidelines to help this important feature rollout consistently across our platforms and products.