I use Action Launcher on my phone because its developer adds new features to it all the time and communicates those new features to users. This sounds completely irrelevant and geeky; stay with me. My launcher is changing how I think about my work.
If you use a phone that runs the Android operating system, you can install a third party “launcher” which completely changes the user interface and adds functionality that doesn’t come with the phone. There are countless options here, and I’ve tried almost all of them. I’m compulsive about launchers. Given a few minutes to kill, I’ll go search for a new launcher in the Google Play Store and install it.
But I keep coming back to this one called Action Launcher because it has a couple of interesting design features and works really well. But the main reason I’ve kind of latched onto it? The developer, Chris Lacy. He updates the product frequently, and each time he produces a short video explaining what he’s added.
I want to be like Chris Lacy. I want to design things that are useful, that people choose to participate in given lots of other options. I want people to know that I designed it and to share things about it that help or hinder what they’re trying to do with it.
This is how I think of meeting agendas and retreats and blogs: like a mobile launcher developer.