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.
- Why can’t you track periods in Apple’s Health app?
- Apple’s Health app: where’s the power? (discusses the negative side of compulsive tracking)
“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.
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.
Article about Meredith Woolnough’s embroidery.
What It’s Like to Fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class. Well, that’s one experience I’ll never have.