Wonder Woman is a feminist. She is a feminist (or at least a fictional character who is a feminist), not because she self identifies with that label, but because that it is how she acts and how she thinks. Unfortunately, David, like so many others, is afraid to apply the supposed stigma of feminism, out of, I assume, a fear that he will scare off readers who think they are “not feminists.”
Jason Ulaszek is one of the most forward thinking people I know about user experience and it’s growing importance, not just in business, but to humanity. Here’s a recent presentation he gave at the Product, Customer, and User Experience Summit (16 June 2014). Look and learn.
But for the month of May, I’m having to step back from the Internet and take care of a personal health matter. Without getting into a lot of messy details, I have an acoustic neuroma (A benign tumor), and it has to come out. Specifically, it will come out next Tuesday (29 April).
This will prevent me from writing, teaching, engaging with social media, and responding to emails or other messages. I’m in contact with a lot of people, and get a lot of emails from clients, students, and readers with questions, comments and requests, so I didn’t want to just disappear.
If all goes well — ever the optimist, me— I should be back in action by early to mid-June. If you haven’t heard back from me by then, feel free to ping me again.
Six weeks is a long time on the Internet, and I’m looking forward to waking up like Rip Van Winkle to the new wonders.
Is a new iOS Watch too much to expect?
This is an incredible interview with my new hero, Y. Woodman Brown, the “idiot” who posted his passwords as a comment on the Washington Post. Predictably he got hacked, but not the way you might think.
He’s interviewed on the podcast TLDR, and explains why he did it, and I have to admire him for what he has to say.
I feel similarly, but have to admit that I’m not ready to follow in his foot steps.
UX for Good is an organization that brings user experience skills to bear on some of the most difficult social issues we face. For this year’s annual challenge, UX For Good be working with Aegis Trust, which established the Kigali Genocide Memorial on behalf of the Rwandan people in 2004. More than a museum or shrine, the memorial serves as the final resting place for 250,000 victims of the 1994 genocide.
You don’t have to be a social worker, diplomat, philanthropist, or other do-gooder to do good. The best way to affect change in the world is to apply your own skills to fixing the big gnarly problems the world faces. For user experience (UX for short) professionals, like myself, this means bring our skills at creating the best user interfaces to bear. But we are always strongest when we work as a group.
Since 2011, UX for Good has worked to empower designers to solve problems to make the world a better place. UX For Good has tackled some difficult problems over the years, such a raising awareness.
Previously, the challenge was to improve the income of working musicians in New Orleans Street Musicians increase their income. The designers’ answer was “Tip the Band,” a collection of tactics and tools to encourage and enable visitors to support musicians.
The problem this year is the biggest yet: Can we harness feelings to end geonocide? Like genocide memorials around the world, the Kigali Genocide Memorial site produces powerful feelings in all who visit it. UX designers have a unique capacity to understand the steps that take place between emotion and action. In Kigali, we’ll ask them to apply that skill set on behalf of all humankind.
As part of the Annual Challenge, UX designers from across the globe will visit Kigali for several days of exploration, research and debate. Then the team will reconvene in London, where they’ll design an original way to translate the feelings evoked by genocide memorials into sustainable action. Finally, they’ll share their findings to leaders from Aegis and other advocates for human dignity.
UX for Good has started the Kickstarter project: Harnessing Feelings to Prevent Genocide to share what we discover with the world. To generate as much impact as possible, they need your involvement, your support, and your commitment.
Contribute anything from $10 to $10000 dollars to help the team help the the Kigali Genocide Memorial raise awareness, and you can benefit, not only as a human being but as a UX professional as well. Sponsors will receive, virtual seminars, original posters, A full-color, hardcover book detailing the ideas that come out of the challenge, up to a day long workshop with UX For good professionals.
I think we can all agree: The best dads are geek dads. After all, we are far more likely to want to play a game of D&D with our kids on a Saturday morning than, say, go play a round of golf with â€œthe guys.â€