Parker Ehret

digital polymath. problem solver. coffee drinker. beard grower. picture taker.
Lead Product Designer at oneID. Previously at Yahoo.

the social folder

"social". the name of a folder once riddled with pages of apps.

facebook, foursquare, path, google+, yelp, pinterest, linkedin, tumblr, medium, gowalla (RIP), flickr, snapchat, secret, jelly, poke, couple, rove, momento, tinder, vine, facebook messenger, ustream, klout, gonnabe, upto, telly, heytell, loopt, circle, circleme, everyme, groupme, what’s app, viddy, and most recently swarm, yo, and path talk.

three weeks ago, i decided to delete the entire folder and only download the apps that i felt i had to have.

this is all that remains:

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until i researched past downloads to write the list above, i couldn’t even remember what was in that folder before the purge.

is social dying?

or, maybe i’m at a time in my life when i only want apps that actually provide me with real value.

mix tape: april 2014

what i’m currently listening to:

1. allman brown - sons and daughters 
2. gabrielle aplin - home 
3. london grammar - stay awake 
4. nina nesbitt - the apple tree 
5. nathaniel rateliff - right on 
6. lauren aquilina - fools
7. james vincent mcmorrow - cavalier
8. birdy - words as weapons 
9. benjamin francis leftwich - pictures

What I’ve Learned So Far

Coffee first. Then decisions.

Experience first. Then push pixels.

Iterate. Iterate. Iterate.

Select All. Delete.

When you stare at an empty whiteboard, do it silently.

Draw boxes and arrows. Solve the problem. Solve the problem again. Solve it better. You can always solve it better.

Technology moves quickly. Move faster.

If you have an idea in the shower, design it before lunch, build it before dinner. Ship it before you go to bed.

Sleepless nights launch products.

Solve complex problems with simple, beautiful and intuitive solutions. The more complex the problem is, the simpler the solution should be.

Foster the growth and direction of anyone who needs it. Lend your time to anyone who deserves it.

Give back.

Walk to the back, turn on the faucet, and wash the dishes every once in a while. Remember where you came from.

Never stop learning.

Wear a lot of hats. Wear a hat you shouldn’t be wearing. Learn how to wear it.

Communicate clearly.

Make everything easier. Make everything simpler. Make the world a better place. Because it should be. Because it can be.

Go change the world today. Because you can.

mix tape: august 2013

what i’m currently listening to:

1. lewis watson - sink or swim
2. lucy rose - first
3. little green cars - grow
4. rhye - open
5. gregory alan isokov - that moon song 
6. nataly dawn - counting down 
7. sbtrkt - hold on
8. ed sheeran - small bump 
9. macklemore & ryan lewis - same love