To collect where no man has collected before

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A personal project that began during the 2020 quarantine, a long-time Trekkie and collector of design objects used in Star Trek created this fun and comprehensive website of his findings. Star Trek + Design showcases his collection.

Bonus: You can also follow him on Instagram here.

Dark patterns are everywhere

Posted by on May 21, 2021 in Abso-effing-lutely | No Comments

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Dark patterns are common in websites and apps we use everyday, but they’re sometimes hard to spot because they’re designed to deceive us. Through secretly obtaining personal information and making us do things we don’t want to do, dark patterns can create inconveniences or even serious harms.

Dark Patterns Tip Line’s mission is to change the status quo by advocating for stronger consumer protections and holding companies accountable.

Learn how to spot and report them here >

Signal to noise ratio

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Here is my favorite quote from an excellent article by the good folks at UX Collective:

As a designer when someone asks you to “make it pretty” or “do your design thing” what they really mean is “give me a good signal-to-noise ratio.”

Worth the full read here >>

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Design vs Art

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“…imagination has to be tamed to serve a practical purpose. Otherwise, it’s art. Art is a blue-sky venture. Design is a planned activity with specific goals.”

Jovan Rocanov

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Leave safety behind

Posted by on Feb 1, 2021 in Abso-effing-lutely, Ipso Fabulous | No Comments

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Maggie Kuhn was an American activist known for founding the Gray Panthers movement, after she was forced to retire from her job at the then-mandatory retirement age of 65.

“Leave safety behind. Put your body on the line. Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind — even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say. Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants. And do your homework.”
— Maggie Kuhn

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The best lesson of high school

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My favorite excerpt from Seth Godin’s writing on “The persistence of hierarchy and status roles” is this:

The best lesson of high school might be that everyone has a noise in their heads, everyone feels uncomfortable and everyone would appreciate a little kindness and respect.

Amen to that!

Read the full article here, which by the way, begins with an anecdote about the indi band REM.

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