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#9 Fake It Flowers, beabadoobee
Hey kids, do you like 90s female indie artists? How about one from 2020?
#8 Flowers of Devotion, Dehd
#7 Women in Music Part III, HAIM
Ok, I give. This is fun.
#6 Introduction, Presence, Nation of Language
Inject the 1980s straight into my veins.
#5 Made of Rain, Psychedelic Furs
Speaking of the 1980s, after an almost 20-year absence, the Furs release a very good album that is well worth your time.
#4 Making a Door Less Open, Car Seat Headrest The last couple of CSH albums…
A list of the 10 books I read in 2020. Usually, this list is 30+ books long but 2020 was such a shitshow, I just couldn’t focus. So the list is pretty pitiful.
Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
My Sister the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite
Rising Strong, Brene Brown
Why We’re Polarized, Ezra Klein
Crazy Time, Abigail Trafford
Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War, Kenneth A. Daigler
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, Jessica Brody
Make a Scene: Writing a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, Jordan Rosenfeld
The 10th annual (!!!) collection of the best articles nominally about design that I’ve found this year, alphabetical by author. I’m not sure if the list is shorter this year because less was written, or because I saw less, or because those of us in the US are facing a mismanaged public health crisis. Or all three, the first two caused by the last.
“From Epidemics to Algorithms — How Technology Design Shapes Our Lives and Our Health” by Jenka Gurfinkel
For designers and technologists, it’s fashionable to talk about “design thinking,” and how do we bring that into our…
One of the central tasks of any UX designer is to create the interaction model. The interaction model is the overarching framework that ties the functionality together into a unified whole. Done right, the interaction model can be a major product differentiator; even if individual features are replicated, it may be difficult (although certainly not impossible) to reproduce the interaction model that ties all the features together.
Interaction models usually contain the following pieces:
I went through two years of studio critiques while getting my Master’s degree in design, and have been through dozens of them in the five years since then*, but I can honestly say I’ve learned more about how to appropriately give design criticism from Tim Gunn, one of the hosts of the US television show Project Runway.
For anyone not aware of the show, it basically puts 16 clothing designers together and gives them challenge after challenge, with judges voting one designer off a week. The challenges can be anything from designing evening wear for pregnant women to make swimsuits…
The late cognitive scientist and Nobel Laureate Herb Simon famously said that “To design is to devise courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.” While this definition firmly places designing as a core human activity, the definition in praxis is far too broad. It doesn’t take into account anything resembling design methodology or the aesthetic or humanistic concerns that designers consider. Using this definition, some have claimed that any and every decision, from what to eat for lunch to what business model to use to the decision to go to war, is a design decision. …
The 35 books I read in 2019. I’ve starred my favorites. Pleased with the upswing in women authors and authors of color in my reading diet. More is better of course but a positive trend.
★ The Ruin of Kings, Jenn Lyons
★ Exhalation: Stories, Ted Chiang
★ The City Stained Red, Sam Sykes
Disappearing Earth, Julia Phillips
Slow Horses, Mick Herron
This is How You Lose The Time War, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Fleishman is in Trouble, Taffy Brodesser-Akner
The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin
The Red Men, Matthew de Abaitua
The Grand Dark, Richard Kadrey
Are these all really design articles? Some of them, sure. But some maybe not. Who cares. Write your own damn list if you’re going to be a purist.
Taking gossip seriously can present a valuable resource for revealing fragments of information about algorithms during particular algorithmic moments. It holds the opportunity to engage more meaningfully with talk at the boundaries of algorithmic systems, and to reflect on how these boundaries are constructed and reified.
Design systems are far more than the product they export. They are educational programs and support networks, bug reporting channels, experimental projects, and so on. And…
Ever since Alan Cooper’s 1999 book The Inmates Are Running The Asylum was published, everyone is mad for personas. They’ve permeated the highest and deepest levels of organizations, and have become a standard interaction design tool. Whole projects are now built around creating them, and there’s a feeling that once you get a half dozen or so, your design problems will be solved. Presumably, your personas solve them for you.
In case you haven’t been in the same design and business bubble that I’ve been living in ‘lo these many years, personas are a documented set of archetypal users who…
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