If you had to place a bet at the end of 2016...

It's December 31st 2016, and you are a betting man (or woman). The subject matter is Roger Federer. You have three picks to predict his performance up to and including Wimbledon 2017:

1) Super 2017
Roger will win 52 matches and lose only 5, winning:
- Australian Open
- Indian Wells
- Miami
- Halle
- Wimbledon
- Shanghai
- Basel

2) Declining with age
Roger's body will finally catch up with him. His mental performance also deteriorates. 
- He will fail to win a single match on clay
- He will lose to players ranked 116 and 302, on fast hardcourt and grass, while having match points in both matches.

3) Both

Which would you pick?

∞ Quartz – Thomas Piketty explains the meaning of economic models, and why we can’t rely on them

A nice explanation of the usefulness, or lack thereof, of economic models. I love the quote Quartz features from Peter Hansen:

Models are always wrong. It seems kind of strange to hear that initially, but there is a sense in which models are simplifications; they are abstractions. And they are wrong.

Before you argue with Hansen's statement, remember he is a Nobel-prize-winning economist himself. 

∞ A great look into the mind of Dieter Rams

Fast Co Design has a great interview with Dieter Rams. It's a great insight into his way of thinking and what he thinks our priorities should be. I love this quote about the importance of good design.

You have to think carefully in advance about what you’re making and how you will make it, because for both architecture and industrial design, the cost of changing things afterward is much higher than the cost of better preparation.

This is not just true for design, but for every creative endeavour where there is something to be produced. Even when you publish a website, you will never get a second chance at that first impression...

His last words in the interview are enlightening as well.

That’s why, if I had something to do in this world again, I would not want to be a designer. Because I believe, in the future, it will be less important to have many things and more important to exercise care about where and how we live. I just wish he would say what he would have been instead...

∞ Happy to be here: an anecdote about design in the workplace

I wrote a small post about my new workplace for Interface's new site Human Spaces:

Part of my first meeting was a visit to the Awarehouse. When the recruiter told me this could be my next workplace I got pretty excited. What an inspiring place to work! Needless to say, I got the job, and on my first day, I tweeted a picture with my new view.

You can read more by clicking the title. Don't forget to explore the rest of Human Spaces!