User Research Should Give You Bad News

"If you’ve been involved in user research that shredded all your carefully-made designs and delivered a gut punch that left you reeling for 24 hours, you should be proud. That’s the best kind of user research. Don’t be ashamed – bad news is opportunity knocking. If you’ve been involved in user research that didn’t hurt at all, then I guarantee you did it wrong. A researcher who is keen to please the design team is useless."   The Thing That Makes User Research Unique  ...

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The Liberal Arts Road to Digital Science

I had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life (read: what kind of job I wanted) when I graduated from high school. I was interested in communications, history, philosophy and logic, and the Great Books program at St. John's College in Maryland was the perfect fit for someone who couldn't name a job they wanted, but could talk for hours about things in the world that she wanted to understand. While there, I developed two critical skills: the ability to communicate clearly and solve complex problems. I learned these skills not by taking exams and taking notes in lectures, but by demonstrating work to my peers, discussing great texts in a group setting, and by defending my theories in oral examinations. Learn more about the program at St. John's College, which focuses on language, science, mathematics and music.   After college, I continued to law school believing that my natural curiosity about language, logic and knowledge systems would be fulfilled with a more rigorous study of societal law. I continued to develop a passion for making the complex simple. Reading cases and finding how a vast library of information related to itself was inspiring. As was the case at St. John's,  writing and research were significant components of my studies, but I missed the creative outlet. I was in a silo, and slowly realizing that although I enjoyed my studies, I didn't want to be an attorney. Meanwhile, but I started making extra money building Wordpress sites for peers and creating my own...

The Director’s Series on Vimeo: Stanley Kubrick

The Directors Series- Stanley Kubrick [1.4] from Raccord on Vimeo. Thanks to Kottke for this heads up about Cameron Beyl's Director's Series on Vimeo. I'm starting at the end (sort of) but plan on watching all four sections, each reflecting on a different era of Kubrick's filmmaking. ...