How to Define Success as State of Productive Completion - Jon Kolko

In Chapter 2 of 17 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, designer and educator Jon Kolko shares how he defines and measures success. He defines it as a feeling of productive completion. It is about getting the inbox to zero, closing out the to-do list, and opening time to be proactive and not reactive. This then opens doors to daily writing and other creative pursuits. Kolko is the executive director of design strategy at venture accelerator, Thinktiv ( He is the founder and director of the Austin School for Design ( Previously, he worked at frog design and was a professor of Interactive and Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He has authored multiple books on design. Kolko earned his Masters in Human Computer Interaction (MHI) and BFA in Design from Carnegie Mellon University.