Manolo Recio Sjögren

Hello there

Nice seeing you. Welcome to my new design and technology blog. You might think that for a guy who makes a living giving shape to digital products, this isn’t a particularly interesting let alone pretty website. You are right. Please bear with me. I am trying a new thing.

Context and thoughts

Over the past couple of years, I have been praising the benefits of writing to people in my close network. Friends, colleagues and loved ones, have stood there kindly listening to my well-rehearsed unidirectional speech. They would also witness my inability to take action as I somehow created an expectation which I did not dare to meet.

There are many reasons why people don’t do what they say they are going to do. In my case, I used to think it was a mix of a lack of discipline and fear of being found out. Being found out as a fraud. An intellectual fake not worthy of any relative success I might have achieved in the past.

Now that I am older and presumably wiser, I feel that my inability to publish my thoughts online boiled down to ego. The ego is a fascinating subject. It feeds equally from both external attention or our own negative thoughts. You could argue it only thinks in terms of self-preservation. So long as it’s kept alive, it doesn’t give a damn about you.

Anyways, enough with cheap psychology. I will come back to the ego at some point in the future. I am supposed to be introducing a design and tech blog, remember?

Back to the present

After a long sabbatical period abroad, I am back in London working for probably one of the best retail digital teams in the UK. It’s Sunday evening and I have spent way too long editing what was supposed to be a short and nimble introductory post.

Besides the overly personal introduction, I just wanted to make an announcement. I am taking down my current professional-looking website and replacing it with the blog you are looking at. It isn’t much yet. I know. To avoid initial technical blocks, I have chosen a basic but manageable Jekyll theme generously shared by @mdo.

As I mentioned, this blog will be about design and technology. With a background in interaction and interface design, I will borrow from my own experiences working with product teams in startups and tech companies to write about consumer products and the concepts and processes behind the creation of, what we consider well-designed products.

Also, following a “ship soon and often” approach borrowed from software development, I intend to start with a focus on quantity over quality. To quickly develop a habit of writing, I will rehash concepts from people in our industry that have moved our craft forward. Frequent releases, while not worrying too much about looking as an idiot, should lead to better code as well as better writing.

Have a fantastic week and stay awesome, Manolo

If any of the above resonated or simply want to say hi, please give me a shout on Twitter. I would love to hear back from you.