Refracted Weekly Newsletter

Alexander Traykov
A weekly newsletter by Alexander Traykov set to explore how design, technology and culture intertwine in our day-to-day lives.
Created 17 Aug 2021
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  • The Human Element in Remote Teams
    30 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    The Human Element in Remote Teams 2020 was the year where Remote Work proved itself as a business saviour in numerous fields. It showed that when a raging global pandemic is in place, people could do ...
  • Dealing with Unexpectedness
    23 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Jan Matejko “Stańczyk,” 1862, National Museum, Warsaw In the last quarter of 2020, I was reminded that the only constant thing in life it's impermanence. While I have a great interest in philosophy, I...
  • Refracted is Back
    17 Aug 2021 • 1 min read
    Long time no see, friend. It’s been a long time since I’ve sent out any updates on Refracted. 2020 was challenging, yet the start of 2021 managed to top it off. I’ll send a detailed newsletter where I...
  • Refracted - Overcoming Writers Block
    05 Apr 2021 • 4 min read
    Overcoming Writers Block The Usual Backstory A question I got following my last issue was what are my strategies for overcoming writer’s block. Before I answer, I’d have to give more context, so we’ll...
  • Preventing Burnout and Defining Productive Downtime
    29 Mar 2021 • 5 min read
    How I Burned Out I can describe myself as an ambitious person. In my late teens, after being repulsed by the corruption and knowledge-deprivation in the local Bulgarian design field, I had decided tha...
  • Refracted - In Case You Missed
    24 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hey there, friend. This Monday, I posted my second piece on the trilogy of Overproductivity, Burnout and Preventing Burnout. I aim to explain burnout concisely, giving examples of its effects, causes,...
  • Refracted Issue #3 - On Burnout
    22 Mar 2021 • 5 min read
    Hello friend, happy to see you here once again! Last week we dove into the topic of overly-productive culture and it’s lasting effects on us. In this week’s issue, we will continue our exploration of ...
  • Refracted Issue #2 - Productivity Above All
    15 Mar 2021 • 2 min read
    In this piece, I’m giving my take on the productivity boom in the field of tech. I focus on the expectations of consuming and generating content for others and the consequences of staying and feeding ...
  • Refracted Issue #1 - An Introduction
    08 Mar 2021 • 1 min read
    A weekly newsletter set to explore how design, technology and culture intertwine in our day to day lives. An Introduction Hey there stranger, I’m thrilled you are here, partaking in this shared journe...
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