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Knitting website Ravelry lost the trust of their community after their rebranding efforts caused several users adverse side effects from browsing the site.

I wrote an article about the debacle just after the new website was published.

I enjoy reminders that people have been thinking about the consequences of computing technology for a long while:

"If we do it all wrong, then it could be an absolute disaster. It's the biggest aid to totalitarianism you could ever come across if you think about it, and that must be avoided at all costs. On the other hand it's the greatest boon to decentralization and people fulfilling themselves and that is the sort of way we've got to go. But it's up to us."

I've been seeing this article a bit since it appeared in April.

At first it blows my mind. "XML sitemaps slowly becoming standard" and "UX sitemaps are relatively new".

Then I thought - Perhaps this is a reflection of the journey newer designers take.

And perhaps this is actually more a reflection on the failing of education in our industry?

Combined with our grouping of everything under "UX" that was once individual specialisms.

From the archive (2020): How the Instagram navigation became convoluted.

"With the introduction of significant layout changes — the tabs Reel and Shop — the Instagram navigation became convoluted. Let’s briefly explore how."

We used to know how to find stuff on the internet without search (back when search sucked). Then, Google came and made search good. The finding-it-for-ourselves muscles atrophied. Now, Google sucks, selling our results to the highest bidder and giving the rest to SEOs. It's time to learn to find the good stuff ourselves again.

I made this illustration today. It's actually a combination of two things I did. I made a photo study of a tree at my parent's place. So I painted the background digitally in procreate. And today I made a little illustration of a fox and added it to the painting.

Someone had a granite headstone made for Internet Explorer and placed it beside a tiny church on the rooftop of a cafe in Gyeongju, South Korea:

A good developer blog, focusing on all things and RSS tools related…

News anchor: "Do you expect we will get another recession?"

Janet Yellen: "No, don't worry"

Another news anchor: "What is the risk we'll enter another recession?"

Dutch central bank representative: "Very low risk"

Historian: "And the news watcher lived happily ever after.. oblivious"

Dear journalists. Please provide broader perspective. These folks *cannot* provide other than soothing answers, even if all stock exchanges in the world are already in flames and will burn down to the ground.

Hugely stressful day today. Fitting that it ends with @Beantin and me interviewing Katie Swindler for @uxpodcast

Her recent book is called Life and Death Design, and is about creating digital solutions for people in high-stress environments, as well as people going through a crisis or who have recently been in an accident. As always these design considerations make things better for everyone. You don't know who is going through a crisis or what can startle them.

Those are my personal favourites of all #poppy photographs. Those tender, thin petals behave like fabric against the setting sun.
I feel lifted up whenever I sit among these fields in the evening. To share the feeling there are free wallpapers available on my patreon and via Ko-Fi: #photography #CreativeToots

I spoke with a company who preach diversity and inclusivity.

When discussing the possibility of working together, they asked me what salary I would accept. I asked about progression frameworks and budget, and provided examples of market rates. The recruiter wouldn’t budge and forced me to pick a number.

Don’t be that company. Be honest, be fair, and put your money where your mouth is.

#Diversity #GenderPayGap #Capitalism

There is no #BandcampFriday this month, and there won't be until September. But that doesn't mean supporting artists whose work you appreciate is wasted.

I want to highlight an album I became aware of this past month. "After 1989: A Trip To Freedom" by @m2m et al.

"A real-life tale of imprisonment and liberty: how a grandfather escaped hell during WWII, while the grandson retraced his steps 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall."


Among many other things, I'm completely fed up of working alone. Posting this one again into the void of the fedi.

Open to anyone in the world as long as you're *good* at #Django and good with English.

DMs open for any questions.

Queer folks and women are encouraged to apply. As a woman myself, I know how much I second guess myself and how many contracts I skip over. We'll teach each other cool things.

No stupid interview processes. We'll just have (1) a chat that will last less than an hour, and, (2) a small live test where we talk and collaborate that is finished in less than an hour.


Note for those in the US and other developed economies: this is simply not lucrative or anywhere even near at par with what you'd get locally. If you've got 15-20 hours a week to kill and make some *additional* $ though, go ahead and apply!


Clean URLs from tracking content.

When you copy URLs to share with others they often contain tracking details (stuff after the question mark, known as "query string"). In most cases you can just delete all of that to remove the tracking, or use a free tool like this that does it for you:

URL Clean:

how many "accounts" do you have? how many have you had total since you started using the web?

a key failing of the web as a platform is the total absence of identity semantics. there's no consistent way to "be someone" and have that "being" persist and synchronize across platforms. its a capital H Hard Problem for sure, but we ended up with the worst of all worlds: 1) needing to create accounts everywhere and 2) massively centralized corporate identity providers like google and facebook...

Tech enthusiast: "I want smart lights, smart tv, everything, and connect them all to my digital assisstant!"

Tech worker: *looks wistfully into distance* "I should get a small place in a little town, with a garden, make my own furniture."

there is a “social media voice” and i hate it.

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