La Morenita in Palo Alto is Closed​

It's with an extremely heavy heart that I share this news with you: La Morenita is permanently closed. In the early 2000's, I lived down the street from La Morenita in downtown Palo Alto. I ate there nearly every week for years. It's the first place I tried Pozole (it…

Organizing your Design Team​

As you may know, I recently left Weight Watchers, where I was the Director of Product Design. So before I forget about the incredible progress we made, I want to say a few words about the organizational changes we kicked off in the past year. Weight Watchers is still in…

What Is DesignOps?

As businesses increasingly understand the value of design, and accordingly invest in larger design teams, it makes sense that they'll also invest in resources to make those teams productive and successful. DesignOps, short for Design Operations, is that resource, and in my experience, it makes sense to hire a DesignOps…

Getting Started with Mindfulness Meditation

Interest in meditation has grown a lot since I originally wrote this introduction for Quora back in 2010. There are now thousands of books on various contemplative practices—enough to give anyone beginner's paralysis. Luckily, getting started with mindfulness meditation is quite easy. Here's how: Sit on the floor with…

Blog Relaunch—2016

In 2000, inspired by early bloggers Todd Wilkins and Peter Merholz, I launched a blog at bradlauster.com. Looking back through those old posts (now mirrored on this site), I'm struck by my naive attitude and sloppy writing. Thankfully, I've learned a lot since then, and after five grueling years…