Post category: Design for people

Jan 2018:

Bookmark: The Looming Digital Meltdown

In her spot-on meta-explanation (sociologists to the rescue!) of the recently revealed security flaws affecting almost any processor used in today’s computers, Zeynep Tufekci delivers a chilling analysis why, as a citizen of a world in which digital technology is increasingly integrated into all objects — not just phones but also cars, baby monitors and […]

Nov 2017:

Talk: “Designing away the cookie disclaimer”

My lightning talk from the beyond tellerrand Berlin warm-up on 2017-11-06: privacy as a core aspect of ethical UX design. "Don’t ask yourself 'does what we are doing require a cookie banner', but instead do something that respects the spirit of these privacy rules in the first place."

2+2(+n) beyond tellerrand talks to watch – Berlin 2017

Early November is beyond tellerrand time in Berlin – the cosy web and design conference hosted by Marc Thiele. Despite something like 500 attendants, this two-day event feels like a family reunion – and just like last year, the talks on offer were nothing short of mindblowing. A friend, yet to attend one of these […]

Bookmark: Faded Pictures

The ever-brilliant Real Life magazine today features a story by Kristen Martin about the ephemerality of digital narratives when third parties are entrusted with their preservation. This is a story about the experience of accruing personal documentation in a space that is not taking serious care of it: That an external force — one I […]

“Keeping the human in the loop, and in control” – keynote on AI by Norbert A. Streitz at #WUDBerlin 2017

Norbert A. Streitz' keynote at the World Usability Day Berlin 2017 was a great sample of critical enthusiasm for technology – an approach I share, yet sometimes struggle to justify as people see it as being against technological advances in general.

Oct 2017:

Bookmark: ‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Reading why techies stop to use technology they themselves have created highlights how a lack in consideration of the long-term impact of technological advancements can damage not just products and brands, but potentially society at large.

Sep 2017:

Bookmark: What is Sustainable Web Design?

As we click away on our screens and devices, it’s easily forgotten all this consumes natural resources – directly or indirectly: Bloated websites lead to slow load times, frustrated users and wasted energy. This microsite lists four aspects of sustainable web design and links to a few interesting resources: Findability Performance optimisation Design & user […]

Tracking is so much more than just cookies

The issue with tracking is not only one of obvious trackers but that, at least in theory, every piece of content loaded from other sites than the originating domain enables some degree of tracking.

The Prototype Fund Demo Day #1 – or: How I got inspired and felt reminded of my student days

The Prototype Fund (PF), a government-funded programme run by the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN), invited to the Demo Day of projects from the first round of their programme, and a mixed crowd of participants and others assembled in a former-crematorium-turned-event-space in Berlin on the last day of August to see results from 14 different projects. […]

Jul 2017:

Bookmark: For the Moment

Largely building upon queer theory and its understanding of temporality, “For the moment” by Benjamin Haber elaborates on yet another aspect of human life that the digital economy believes to be able to solve by introducing a simple binary. As it is being understood that the default of public and/or permanent does not meet all […]

Jun 2017:

Bookmark: When services harm people

Following introductory words on “service needs” and “business needs” vs. “user needs”, Maria Izquierdo and Martin Jordan showcase some instances where data is (even in breach of legal contracts) collected against users’ interest and with the potential to harm them. The responsibility for avoiding such issues, they state, lies with those designing these systems: If […]

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PEW survey data on non-use of social media and smartphones

Two fresh data sets from Pew Research Center, highlighting realities I would love to see considered more often in design teams and boardrooms alike: “Not everyone in advanced economies is using social media”, and “Smartphones are common in advanced economies, but digital divides remain” While I consider the “digital divide” term slightly problematic here – […]

Turning the Feb 2017 AWS outage into a case for “offline first” design

Allow me to begin my ponderings by picking up a point made by Karissa Bell on Mashable related to the major disruption of Amazon’s cloud services that took down a wide range of online services: Amazon’s lengthy AWS outage Tuesday was a stark reminder of just how much farther we have to go to realize […]

Bookmark: Why Nothing Works Anymore

Ian Bogost, in this piece on The Atlantic, expands the notion of “precarity” from the economic into the technological sphere – the instability and unpredictability of (technological) objects: The frequency with which technology works precariously has been obscured by culture’s obsession with technological progress, its religious belief in computation, and its confidence in the mastery […]

Bookmark: After the Big Now

This article by Fabien Girardin is an invitation to “imagine another version of the Internet respectful of people’s attention and time”: In the current version of the Internet, digital artifacts connect individuals into feedback loops that drastically compress time and give a sense of simultaneity: the Big Now. With the lure of control, the more […]