A more Mindful experience

I recently took a Mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course for leaders called Search Inside Yourself.

It’s a two-day course, and I learnt a ton of really good stuff about Mindfulness, Self awareness, Self management, Motivation, Empathy and Leadership.

Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment in the mind, body and external environment, with an attitude of curiosity and kindness.
– Mindful Nation UK Report

I’m trying to build some new habits around a few of the core ideas that stood out for me personally. Especially five minute meditation, focussed attention, mindful listening, compassionate management and VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) environments.

One thing it’s also made me do is take a long hard look at my phone usage. Everything is now stripped back, simplified. Everything is now better.

I’m back on a 4‑inch phone (iPhone SE). I’m carrying a compact camera (Sony RX100 V). So it’s time for a mobile and apps screenshot post. I haven’t had an excuse to do this for 10 years, to the month.

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Oh yeah… one more… the no devices in the bedroom thing. It’s a biggie. I promise. You really should get into that.

There are lots of people writing and thinking about this stuff right now. That’s not what this is about. I’m simply posting a small change I’ve made, that has helped me in some way. You are all smart and understand the why. Next, I’m hoping to try out this kind of approach on social and email usage.

Read more about what Google is doing
https://wellbeing.google/

Read more about Search Inside Yourself
https://siyli.org/

Here’s an quick overview

How do the best leaders manage change, stay resilient, and inspire growth? Developed at Google by leading experts in neuroscience, business, and psychology, we teach you the practical mindful leadership and emotional intelligence tools to bring out your best. What began as a mindful leadership initiative within Google has spread to over 30 countries and 100 cities around the world. Our training has been proven to: reduce stress, improve focus, raise peak performance, and improve interpersonal relationships.

Meet Gboard: Search. GIFs. Emojis & more. Right from your keyboard

In 2014 a few of us had been talking about future surfaces and interfaces. There’d been some conversations about text as interface and other stuff. We’d played with the idea of using the keyboard as a space to try a little hack. But nothing had bitten, so we put it away in the top drawer.

In 2015 another project we’d been working on inspired a few people to take a fresh look. They made a Spark Card (a one-page slide that summarizes an idea) for a Google powered keyboard and called it Gboard. We sketched design concepts. Made mocks and thew together a quick prototype. People were into it. So we made a shiny deck and site, put a bow on it, and gave the idea to Google.

We then paused everything to focus on creating a new brand system for Google. You can read more about that here – but it meant we were heads down and went dark for months.

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Early concept sketches
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Early concept sketches

During that time a team in Mountain View starting looking at making a keyboard for iOS. Google had a great keyboard for Android and wanted to make something for iPhone users. We started talking and soon a small team from Creative Lab were out on the West Coast for a design sprint.

In a few months we had builds ready for Teamfood, Fishfood, Dogfood and shortly afterwards a production build ready to ship. We got our final Apple approvals and on Thursday May 12th we flipped the switch…. Gboard was live in the AppStore.

Google announced it:

Shared the videos on YouTube:

Press starting talking about the features:

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Emoji search, GIF search, Glide typing

And people seem to like it:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early results look good:

– #1 in App Store
– 4.5★ rating from 3,500+ reviews
– 350k downloads on day 1 in US

I’m happy with this one. A new product from beginning to end, and supporting launch comms. A small team with a wide skill set came together to make something great. Love that. It would’ve been impossible to get it done without an amazing team. You know who you are. Thanks for the big effort. And to everyone who’s still reading… download, install, enjoy, we hope you like it.

Get it now in the App Store in English in the U.S., with more languages to come.

Links:
Apple AppStore
Official Google Blogpost
Launch Video (1.2m views)
YouTube Series (395k view)
Instagram Social Video (89k views)

More Reading:
Turning User Hacks into Product Insights (Great insights)

 

iPhone Enabled: “Take Me Out” by Atomic Tom LIVE on NYC subway

There need never be another iPhone commercial after this one — and it’s not one.

This video was filmed unannounced on Friday October 8, 2010 aboard the New York City B Train, over the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn and edited from 3 iPhone cameras. All footage is performed 100% live and executed in one take.

4.5m views and climbing.

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