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The Downside of Google's Data Obsession

| He didn’t announce it via cake, but Doug Bowman quit his job as head of Google’s visual design team last week, citing the company’s “reliance on data” for design decisions as the main reason for his departure. Bowman writes on his blog that he’ll miss Google’s “incredibly smart and talented people” and the “occasional massage,” but not “a design philosophy that lives or dies strictly by the sword of data.” We’ve asked before whether too much data can endanger patients and cause bad writing; might it also diminish a company’s workforce? (HT: Noah Harlan) [%comments]