December 31, 2010
December 25, 2010
Dressed for weather (Taken with instagram)
“None of the answers I gave were precise. Quite a few of them were guesses or “close-enoughs.” If the statisticians are using the data from 55,000 U.S. households to calculate the official, important, complete, and accurate final results, and 55,000 real-live, human, unique participants are approximating numbers and shrugging their shoulders about which radio button to select, then how helpful is that information?
Really great writeup from Indi Young on her own experience as a survey respondent for the Census Bureau. Entertaining, insightful, and thought-provoking.
Read the whole thing here: Who Can Believe the U.S. Unemployment Figures?
December 8, 2010
I love this diagram from jasonfurnell.files.wordpress.com. A great illustration of the relationship between experience strategy and experience visioning.
Guess what? They’re not the same thing.
My virtual seminar is tomorrow.
It’s a bit last minute, but I wanted to let you all know that I’m resting my vocal chords cords and drinking lots of tea with honey in preparation for my UIE virtual seminar tomorrow, Lean Methods for the UX Team of One. It’s tomorrow at 1:30pm ET.
If you’re interested in getting in on the action, here’s a promo code that you can use when you register. At no additional cost, it’ll get you lifetime access to all other UIE virtual seminars. The promo code is “LEAH”.
Look at me, I’m such a salesman.
Cheers & love,
November 24, 2010
Glide 2 (via StraylightUK). Watching this video actually slowed my heart rate, I think. It’s like a modern form of meditation.
“[A proposal from Scott Brown over at Wired:] A Facebook app we’ll call the Fade Utility. Untended Friends would gradually display a sepia cast on the picture, a blurring of the neglected profile—perhaps a coffee stain might appear on it or an unrelated phone number or grocery list. The individual’s status updates might fade and get smaller in Handyortung. The user may then choose to notice and reach out to the person in some meaningful way—no pokes! Or they might pretend not to notice. Without making a choice, they could simply let that person go. Would that really be so awful?
Scott Brown on Facebook Friendonomics
(Thanks to Jen for the link, which — yes, I admit it! — sums up my feelings about Facebook perfectly.)
living in: the breakfast club
Oh man. Somebody figured out my secret fashion agenda.
Want: HYPERACTIVITYPOGRAPHY FROM A TO Z
Via How About Orange
I just added some thoughts for things to do at the beginning of each project over on the AP site, and immediately heard this great idea from David Gartner: celebrate project milestones with a bottle of Scotch. I’d occured to me that you could flip this on its head and celebrate the failures instead. A cool byproduct: the bottles turn into life-sized bar charts of project successess and happiness. Here’s the idea:
- At the start of a new project, you buy a bottle of booze. (David likes scotch.)
- Whenever things seem bleak, you do a shot.
- At the end of the project, you put the bottle the on your Bottle Shelf.
- Over time, the bottles line up next to each other, showing a liquid bar chart of project happiness and success.
Of course, this would work with other important life activities, too.
Years. Children. Vacations. Marriages. You name it.
I love this. Illustrator Jane Mount does these illustrations of her friend’s bookshelves. This friend reads the kind of stuff I like to read. Good taste, friend.
I discovered this a few days ago and keep coming back to it. Basically, they’re just little sketches of books on a bookshelf, but which books are put together forms a neat little picture of the person who reads them.
I want to find some way to work “what’s on your bookshelf?” into every job interview, essay, drinking game, etc. I do from now on.
By the way, this comes via Design*Sponge.
April 4, 2010
Dogs in slow motion. Friggin awesome. From Paris design collective Pleix.
February 28, 2010
Just posted some photos from my recent trip to Hawaii. Lots of cute pictures of my mom and my brother.
Family, friends, this is what I do at work every day. Thanks to Michael Leis for finally coming up with a better description than my standard, “Um, I draw a lot of boxes. and there are sticky notes. No, I’m not deciding how the web site actually LOOKS. it’s, uh, the information…”