The prevailing narrative in the web community hails empathy as a cure for much of what ails our modern digital spaces. Empathy seems a worthy tool for making our designs and interactive experiences more human, but used indiscriminately it may do more harm than good. To design experiences that fit the real lives of the people who use them, we need to take a critical look at our methods and make empathy the first step in a larger process.
Have you heard? Google, Apple, Tesla, and other tech giants are working hard to kill you. No, wait. They are working hard on a car that will kill you. No, wait. They are creating an algorithm to decide who gets to live and who must die. No, wait. They trying to figure out who their self-driving cars should kill.
Codes of Conduct push us back up the slippery slope that brought us to a low point where personal insults and threats of violence are considered an acceptable part of public discourse.
The text transcripts from WordCamp NYC and WordCamp US are now public. If you spoke at the event, grab yours and caption your video!
I challenge all WordCamp speakers to caption their WordCamp videos on WordPress.tv.
Designed and built around three basic principles – accessibility, mobile- and touch friendly design, and content in focus – Popper is a new WordPress theme that provides a great experience for blogs, portfolios, and websites alike.
Who is the average WordPress user? The fact is we know almost nothing about them. This lack of data is a problem, but it’s a solvable one.
GitHub is one of the most important and least understood tools of the open source community. At the inaugural WordCamp US in Philadelphia, I presented a 10 minute lightning talk to help make sense of Git and GitHub through the prism of science fiction. Here are the slides.
Modern society is built on tolerance. It is what we teach our children. We don’t judge an entire group based on the actions of a few individuals.
I spoke at WordCamp NYC 2015 talk on the importance and value of user testing. Here are the slides and all the links.
Getting a better camera, and learning about depth of field, can drastically improve the performance of your images on the web.
This book will leave you wounded. And when the wounds start to heal, you’ll be a better person.