Anyone else use non-tech approaches to explaining tech concepts?
I'm finding myself increasingly drawn to visuals and humor to help people bypass the fog of technical details. While I'm happy to dive into technical details myself – that's been my strength in product design and in being a partner to engineers – I'm increasingly seeing the value in good content design and eye-catching visuals to help people see what really matters.
Last week I saw (yet another) artist friend wondering if they were missing out by not getting into NFTs. Something sparked for me and I felt compelled to spell out what I've encountered. It started with that acronym: I came up with a bunch of alternate definitions along with quotes to illustrate the particular issues. They were kind of sharp, and kind of funny...and it occurred to me it would make a good zine. I could distribute it digitally, but also just print a bunch to give out or leave around. So that's what I've done. I added a slightly rude limerick at the end to really seal the deal.
I don't think mysticism around tech – or design, for that matter – is helpful. So I'm trying this out! I'd love to discover more inspiration for interesting approaches to explaining tech.