Marvel Comics and the Future of UI

I’m catching up on Agents of Shield. No spoilers, I promise, but FYI there’s an Android who looks human in a Season 4 episode. She’s a nearly-perfect humanesque Android, and her creator pronounces she has come “through the Uncanny Valley and out the other side!” She’s any techie’s dream creation – ideally, the future of UI….

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First Impression: I’m in Hell

They say not to judge a book by its cover. But when I walked into a hotel in Brussels my first impression was of heavy red curtains and gold chandeliers. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Scene description of Huis Clos (No Exit, in English): a plain room furnished in the style of the French…

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Is Your Web Voice Better Than a Spice Girl?

Imagine you visit a website, and in the middle of purchasing a new lawn mower, a Spice Girls song began. How embarrassing would it be? How distracting? That’s not the voice or personality of your site! That’s exactly what happened in the February 19th closing Broadway performance of Chicago. The female lead playing Roxie Hart…

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What is the Purpose of Design?

There is no purpose to design. It’s a trick question, see, because design is a tool. It’s a process, an action. When we ask “what’s the purpose of design?” we might as well ask “what’s the purpose of creating?” The answer is tautological: the purpose of creating is to create. But really, we’re not asking the…

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What is the Point of Happy Holidays

Every winter I’m surprised to see who comes out in defense of “Merry Christmas.” Specifically, who prefers it over “Happy Holidays.” This year, a Facebook meme helpfully summarized how many people feel.   Caveat: This is Not About Inclusivity I do understand that some people are purposely excluding non-Christians. Personally, I’ve dealt with that all…

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Who Cares About Structured Content

What is structured content? And who cares? Content Strategists Care About Structured Content At this year’s CS Forum in Melbourne, Rachel Lovinger gave a brilliant talk about 10 (well, 8) things she has learned in 10 years as a content strategist. It inspired me. I started thinking about what content strategists know, compared to what…

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What is Creativity?

“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same…

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