• The week in quotes (2019W03)

    Accessibility personas, privacy in open source, dignity, selfish intimacy, and learning exhaust.

  • NYT axed behavioural ads in EU – a case of privacy UX paying off?

    Cutting back on privacy-invading ad tech, the NYT managed to increase their EU ad revenue. A significant finding - and proof for privacy-centred UX thinking to pay off?

  • Reply to a post by Jeremy Keith

    I full-heartedly agree with Jeremy: print stylesheets are one more feature of universal website design, and they go together rather well with QR codes ...no matter how ugly, abused and underused they are.

  • The week in quotes (2019W02)

    Toxic metrics, ethics of performance, e-mail tracking, research questions, financialised humans, silence, and user stories.

  • Video of my talk at WUD Hamburg (in German)

    The video recording of my talk on privacy as UX from Nov 2018 ("Datenschutz als User Experience") is now available online.

  • Bookmark: Design Ethics and the Limits of the Ethical Designer

    This essay is an important contribution to the discussion of what exactly is "ethical" design and how it affects the design profession.

  • 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    70 years ago today, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. Article 12 grants protection of privacy.

  • Discussing design ethics at World Usability Day Hamburg 2018

    This year's World Usability Day featured "Design for Good or Evil", and I got the opportunity to attend the Hamburg edition of this always-inspiring global community event. With a topic so close to my heart, it was great to attend a range of sessions surrounding design ethics and meet interesting people.

  • I got “sketchnoted”!

    Big thank you to Ania Groß for this souvenir from Hamburg.

  • Rail travelers need web accessibility, too!

    Using train WiFi on a Deutsche Bahn train is a great example how accessibility efforts (here: image alt text on Twitter) benefit everybody.

  • Links und Quellen zu meinem Talk beim World Usability Day Hamburg 2018

    [In German] Sources and mentioned resources from my talk on "Privacy as UX" at the World Usability Day 2018 in Hamburg/Germany.

  • User-centred transparency design for privacy – Part II: Content design

    This follow-up on the "layered approach" discusses the EDPB guidelines’ suggestions for shaping the transparency information itself: content, language, accessibility, intelligibility, etc.

  • Reposting a Tweet by World Usability Day

    8 Nov is World Usability Day – the 2018 motto is “Design for Good or Evil”. I am thrilled about being invited to present on “Privacy as UX” at the WUD Hamburg/Germany (event in German), and excited for a day of inspiring talks and people!

  • Bookmark: Designing accessible web with privacy – when web browsing reveals information

    Lukasz Olejnik presents how implementing accessibility in browsers may compromise the privacy of users of assistive technology.

  • Bookmark: The Digital Human – Jigsaw

    This brilliant Podcast episode makes the rather abstract formula that "privacy is not about individuals' decisions" tangible through real-life examples.

  • How did the GDPR come to be? And what do a film maker and two NGOs think about it?

    Brief notes from a public screening of “Democracy”, an award-winning documentary about how the new European data protection law came to be, followed by a podium discussion with the director and representatives of privacy NGOs. I’ve praised and recommended this film before: “Democracy – Im Rausch der Daten”. Even watching it again, at an event […]

  • IxDA Berlin #69: Inclusion and diversity – first hand

    25 September 2018 marked the first World Interaction Design Day, running under the global theme of “Diversity and Inclusion in Design”. The Berlin IxDA chapter arranged an inspiring event, inviting two speakers who examine these issues both personally and professionally. My preferred conference talks are commonly those with a personal story behind. The latest IxDA […]

  • Note, published 25 Sep 2018

    “Make something usable, relevant and simple for anyone to use” — Eriol Fox, on diversity in design at IxDA Berlin #69

  • Bookmark: The Tyranny of Convenience

    This NYT op-ed by Tim Wu speaks to me in so many ways. It links my fascination for research on technology non-use with what I call a "constructively critical approach" to interaction design, and justifies all the countless days invested in debates on the Indieweb, on discussions about decentralisation and empowerment, on considering alternatives to mainstream solutions and working to promote the value of design ethics.

  • Event picks for Privacy Week Berlin 2018

    Privacy Week Berlin is taking place next week for the first time, with a range of interesting events (mostly in German, it appears). Here are my picks, if only my schedules allow.