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I’m reading Design for real life by Eric Meyer & Sara
Wachter-Boettcher, and I’m enjoying one small word twist.
Instead of saying edge cases, they call them stress cases.
That change makes all the difference in how we perceive the
importance of situations that don’t occur as often.
The example the authors use in the book is:
Someone trying to shut down their account in a hurry is an
Someone trying to shut down their account in a hurry is a
The first sounds dismissable. The second sounds inevitable.
Microsoft’s inclusive design principles struck a chord
with me. I especially like their Persona Spectrum:
We use the Persona Spectrum to understand related mismatches
and motivations across a spectrum of permanent, temporary,
and situational scenarios. It’s a quick tool to help foster
empathy and to show how a solution scales to a broader audience.
I was in a similar situation last year:
I became a parent last month and the way I use technology
has changed in a way I didn’t expect. I do way more things
with one hand than before. A newborn baby requires a lot of
attention and there are always some chores to do.
I encourage you to visit Microsoft Design website and
check out their manual and activity cards—great resources to
Kurt Vonnegut on how to write with style when English is not
your first language:
All these varieties of speech are beautiful, just as the
varieties of butterflies are beautiful. No matter what your
first language, you should treasure it all your life. If it
happens to not be standard English, and if it shows itself
when your write standard English, the result is usually
delightful, like a very pretty girl with one eye that is green
and one that is blue.
— originaly printed in Palm Sunday in 1999
Some of the best books I’ve read in my life were those I read
in 2016. Here are my top picks from the past year.
I have been planning to attend the Interaction conference for
years, but something always got in the way. This year I got
lucky and went to New York with more than a thousand other
design professionals. The summary: it was excellent. Mostly.
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