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10 min read · Apr 1st · How design can manipulate and coerce you into doing what websites want.
The big pop-up window urging you to sign up for a website’s newsletter with a big red “Sign Me Up” button, while the opt-out button is much smaller and passive-aggressively implies that anyone who clicks is a bad person who doesn’t care about saving money or staying informed
“Regulation works,” Brignull said. “It can really turn the internet into somewhere that’s nice to be instead of like a complete Wild West environment. And we need it.”
4 min read · Apr 8th · People tend to solve problems by adding features.
Adams et al. demonstrated that the reason their participants offered so few subtractive solutions is not because they didn’t recognize the value of those solutions, but because they failed to consider them.
people consistently consider changes that add components over those that subtract them
~15 min read · 2020-01-03 · The long read: From the ‘KonMari method’ to Apple’s barely-there design philosophy, we are forever being urged to declutter and simplify our lives. But does minimalism really make us any happier?
7 min read · 2020-08-03 · Piloting an ocean exploration ship or Martian research shuttle is serious business. Let’s hope the control panel is up to scratch. Two studs wide and angled at 45°, the ubiquitous “2x2 decorated…
~11 min read · Mar 2nd · Psychology is a crucial element in designing the right kind of systems, interfaces and experiences for your users/customers.
Anchoring bias has a huge impact on negotiations and the pricing of the products and influences how much the customer is willing to pay.
Focusing on only success stories results in “Survivorship Bias”. It distorts judgement and can lead to false conclusions because we tend to only focus on those who survived, overlooking those who did not. One of the most famous examples of this bias are the damaged World War II planes. The United States Armed Forces were supposed to put protective armour on their planes. They decided to examine the planes that returned home to check where was the most damage incurred. They noticed that the tail, wings, and body were riddled with bullets and decided to protect that area. But Abraham Wald observed that they were only protecting the damaged parts as observed in the planes that returned home and not the ones that did not. The damage was done on the ones that didn’t return, the one on the engine wasn’t factored in. Later, taking that into account, many lives were saved.
~15 min read · Jul 15th · As devices continue to diversify in dizzying ways, how can we make sure our work on the web stays as relevant as ever for the long haul? Cathy Dutton shares how practitioners must design for the un…
2 min read · Jul 21st · Tasteful design isn’t based on anything objective. It’s a construct that reinforces power and privilege, writes designer Leyden Lewis.
Representation and taste go hand in hand.
All cultures have what I refer to as an “aesthetic gravity well”: codes, signs, and signifiers of what the culture designates as acceptable and beautiful. I take zero issue with any culture’s idiosyncrasies. However, I take issue when a dominant ideology becomes the only acceptable ideology; it represents mass hypnosis or coercion. No single aesthetic should be considered the “right” aesthetic. The key for designers is to be culturally aware enough to realize when these codes define our creativity and dare to defy them. When we are honest enough with ourselves to brave the unfamiliar, unrecognizable, and, possibly, the ugly, that’s when we may find something truly original.
~20 min read · Jul 14th · Too often dealing with filters can be frustrating. Let’s get them right. That means never freeze the UI on a single input, provide text input fallback and never auto-scroll users on a single input.…
9 min read · Jul 20th · ❮ Blog Andrew WilshereFounder & Lead Coach20th July 2021 It has many forms, and can impact the perception of a wide range of different colours and colour combinations. However, the most common kind —…
Jul 22nd · Embedding design thinking, methods, and tools from the outset of ecosystem development will help companies produce integrated ecosystem offerings that delight customers, stave off threats, and create…
20+ min read · Aug 2nd · Three architects, three journalists and two designers gathered over Zoom to make a list of the most influential and lasting buildings that have been erected — or cleverly updated — since World War II.…