Our associates have been able to change the world for our clients by always striving to learn more. This includes reading books, blogs, articles, and anything we can get our hands on in order to become better at our work. Here’s a look at what we’re reading right now at DEG.

DEG’s Analytics and Insights Team

What: Lea Pica’s Analytics Visualization and Presentation Blog

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Why: Lea Pica has a knack for presenting analytics as a story – condensing information into a digestible format. Her blog features clear and concise visuals and helpful how-tos on turning a bad visual into a good one. Lea is great at diagnosing common presentation pitfalls and framing content for the audience, not the speaker.

Brian Graves, UI Team Lead

What: Sharing Our Work: Testing and Feedback in Design by Jessica Harllee 

Why: Many design processes suffer from working in isolation. Too many designers hole up for days, weeks, or months trying to perfect their designs before releasing them to the world. Sharing Our Work, by Jessica Harllee, discusses Etsy’s methods for getting design feedback throughout its process. The end result is product launches in which users don’t feel surprised, confused, or ignored. A good read for designers and teams looking to get more comfortable with sharing their unfinished work.

Joe Cromer, Director of Enterprise Collaboration

What: What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

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Why: As usual, Malcolm Gladwell makes you rethink your biases and assumptions on how people think and how the worldworks in general. Based on various contributions to the New Yorker, this book mixes some game changing thinking and ideas from Gladwell, with some seemingly trivial, but interesting, facts. For example, follow the struggles of the man who tried to crack the code for the next great ketchup. The range of topics he discusses (kitchen gadgets to NFL quarterbacks) is pretty unique and covers a lot of territory.

Aaron Ladage, UI Engineer

What: Deconfusing Pre- and Post-processing by Stefan Baumgartner 

Why: Postprocessors is one of the hottest topics in front-end development right now (and also a favorite of the DEG UI team), but it’s also one of the most controversial. Stefan Baumgartner’s article does an excellent job of cutting through some of the misconceptions and gets to the heart of some of the real-world implications and advantages of this new CSS methodology.

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