From the world pool: October 4, 2014

So, carrying on with the interesting links thing….


Good design facilitates good function, whether it’s effective communication or a product that serves the needs of consumers. All too often only lip service is done to researching the wants and needs of an audience, or the research and results are too limited and reflect the reality of designers, not users. Apple’s new Health app seems to be an example of limited thinking: here are two critiques.

Social/political commentary:

This is why poor people’s decisions make perfect sense.” This is an old article from 2011 that I lost track of, but rediscovered this week. It addresses the criticisms of people suffering from poverty by pointing out the reality of the choices they must make and the reasons why what seems like a “bad” choice might actually be the most rational choice in context. An enlightening read.

Understanding Prejudice. An excellent resource, includes exercises for testing your own attitudes.

Racism 101: Are you a Racist? Basic principles of how racism works.

I Felt Like a Criminal: The Pressure to Become a Helicopter Parent. Looks at the incredible pressure on parents (and particularly mothers) to be constantly watching to prevent their kids from encountering any threat of danger. When I was a kid I explored the world around me and did all kinds of things that were not under a parent’s supervision—so did my friends and all the other kids. It was wonderful. It is no longer be acceptable for parents to allow their kids that level of freedom, and they are demonized if they do. I would hate to be a kid now.

What If Famous Paintings Were Photoshopped to Look Like Fashion Models? 

The Tyranny of Structurelessness. This is a very old essay from the 1970s by Jo Freeman that analyzes how the use of leaderless, structureless organizational systems, which are usually promoted as more democratic, actually create informal power structures with no accountability.

Odds and ends:

Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books. Looks at the differences between reading online and reading hardcopy books.

Just cool:

Article about Meredith Woolnough’s embroidery.

Just mind-boggling

What It’s Like to Fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class. Well, that’s one experience I’ll never have.


2 thoughts on “From the world pool: October 4, 2014

  1. I loved the embroidery; was amazed by the Singapore airline; and my thoughts were confirmed by the article on Books. Thanks for filtering all this stuff that I’d never see otherwise. xx

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