2013 Books I Read

I read 44 books in 2013, between my book club, library recommendations, Time’s all-time 100 novels, and TED speaker recommendations. My rating system is based mostly on how much I enjoyed the plot, and how well written the book was. Happily, most everything I read is a 3 or above – this year there was…

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The Shifting History of Content Strategy

A few months ago I came across this brief history of Content Strategy. The article/timeline reviews content strategy, from the time it was first noted anecdotally, through to present day. It’s an interesting piece, and it left me wondering: how has the field of content strategy changed in the past 15 years of existence? What did…

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How Twitter Won My Heart

Many years ago, I wrote an article entitled “What’s Wrong with Twitter?” The article was never published, in large part because I couldn’t come up with a strong thesis. All that I knew for certain was that this particular form of social media wasn’t working for me. Articles about Twitter focused on the glory of…

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UX and IXD

What is the difference between user experience design and interaction design? Many people ask the question, and for every question there are infinite answers. As such, there’s been a fascinating discussion taking place on LinkedIn over the past few weeks, weighing the differences between IXD and UX. Here’s a quick summary, in case you haven’t…

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Knitting: The Web Design Metaphor

I rarely think about web design, UX, or content strategy when I’m knitting. In fact, I knit as a way to zone out and think about anything but work. But this weekend, while working on an owl hat, I was struck by the similarities between my knitting projects, and my web projects. My knitting serves as a…

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Sage Green Afghan

It’s been awhile since I completed a knitting project. Aside from two new mobiles for two new mothers in my life, this is the first project I’ve completed since January! That said, this sage green afghan, for two good friends who deserve to keep warm this autumn, turned out very well, and I’m very happy…

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Alphabetical, Unintentional, URL Acrostic

The great and powerful Margot Bloomstein wrote a thought-provoking article on what I like to call “anecdata.” Anecdotes, which too many people confuse with data. She concluded her article with a “personal acrostic,” which in turn was inspired by Josh Silverman’s post. Ever one to jump on board a (valuable, interesting, and fun) train, I…

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UX Kitteh

My inner Grammar Nazi has always cringed at I can Haz Cheeseburger memes, but my love of UX humor trumps that today. Last week, I experienced the wonder that is UX Kitteh, shared through Twitter by Christina Wodtke. Then I found out that anyone can make these.

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