The “secret” to getting more done and avoiding burnout

I have a real hard time saying no to things. For a long time this caused me a lot of stress — I took on projects based on their perceived value, with the idea that because it was so important to me I’d “make the time”.

I think the biggest…

An introduction to fair value exchange in product design.

When we’re in the market for a new pair of shoes, we’ll usually have a rough anchor of a price we’re willing to pay. For some, it’s £30, others, £300 — but that price is generally what we would consider being “fair value”. …

And why mental health shouldn’t only be “past tense”.

An iPad and Cup of Coffee sit on a desk, beside a plant.
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I’ve found it’s usually much easier to talk about things that happened in the past; especially mental health. As time goes on, the stigma around mental health is reducing — even in the last 5 years alone, it’s been amazing to see the transformation.

But there’s something I’ve never been…

Close Sketch. Stop Browsing Dribbble. Forget Color For a Second.

Person holding colourful artwork
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I was recently speaking with a friend and colleague about the things that have had an impact on our careers and helped us excel as designers. Among the top contenders were diversifying our skill sets, spending time in new or diverse industries, and our past experiences in life.

We realised…

And why you should take more time to switch off.

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I’ve always been terrible at work/life balance. It’s something I’ll rave about and advise to others, but as is often the case, I don’t tend to listen to my own advice. …

Why we need to consider the 1 in 4 people who suffer from mental illness when making design decisions.

With 1 in 4 people living with a diagnosed mental illness, it’s somewhat surprising that these are people that rarely discussed around the design table. …

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Mental health is something we’re incredibly passionate about at Caus, and it’s a subject that sits very close to the hearts of all of us here. …

Why learning to write is the best thing you can do to grow as a designer — and a person.

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Writing is a designer’s real “unicorn” skill — and one that is often overlooked by many, myself included. Over the last few years I’ve dipped my toes in and out of Medium, my newsletter, and even journalling; because I love to write. …

And other questions I get asked fairly often.

The outfit in question. I’m far less serious in real life, I promise.

For the last 3 years, I’ve worn the same outfit every single day. That’s maybe a little bit of an exaggeration — I’ve been to funerals and weddings that require a suit, but, I can count the occasions I’ve deviated from my go-to on one hand.

I wake up every…

Bradley Gabr-Ryn

Design lead @ MetaLab · On a mission to make technology kinder to people · Focussing on design ethics, mindful design, & mental health

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