The Future Is Grim / Design Is Not

February 27, 2020

What I got on my mind today:

  • We are looking for mid/senior designers to join our team - lesson learned: it’s tough to find any. However, few got our attention.
  • Design maturity is essential for companies to survive. Great example: Honeywell, thermostat manufacturer created in 1953. Up until 2011, this company had complete control of the smart home, and after that, Nest came to the market. Nest had a full focus on a built-in UX design culture. Most people told that Honeywell had a lot of different other products to focus on. Eventually, in 2014, Nest was bought by Google for $3,200,000,000. “You like apples? Well, how do you like them apples?”
  • Major design tasks of the week are done. Prepared for Friday brainstorming sessions, and in the evening, I got a birthday party. I will try to party not so hard.


  • COVID-19 is already in Lithuania, however no confirmed cases. EU working as hard as possible and €232 million investment is up to tackle the outbreak.
  • On the other hand, this virus outbreak cut China’s greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter. Coincidence?
  • Everything that is going on reminds me of the scenario I’ve read on medium. Hours of scientific researches in one article. The future is grim article

Scary? Not really.

Written by Benas Bitvinskas who lives and works in Lithuania 🇱🇹 building impactful things. Learn more about me