Kubrick’s Chicago 1949

Kubrick's steel worker

Check out more of Stanley Kubrick’s Chicago photos at Mashable.

Video Essay: Malick’s Voiceovers

Terrence Malick: The Art of Voiceover from Kevin B. Lee on Vimeo.

On Sharing Experiences

“…the joy from an unusual experience fades quickly, but the sting of not fitting in because we didn’t share an experience with our peers—even a crappy one—lingers.”

Olga Khazan for The Atlantic

Cognitive Barriers & Cognitive Load

“Some of the most important decisions UX designers make are those they don’t even think about. It’s generally understood that creating an intuitive interface is important, but few people are really good at articulating what makes an interface intuitive. This is where the concepts cognitive load and cognitive barriers play a huge role.”

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A Disorder of Prediction

Illustration: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

From MIT News:

“From the perspective of the autistic child, the world appears to be a ‘magical’ rather than an orderly place, because events seem to occur randomly and unpredictably. In this view, autism symptoms such as repetitive behavior, and an insistence on a highly structured environment, are coping strategies to help deal with this unpredictable world…”

Norway Time Lapse

NORWAY – A Time-Lapse Adventure from Rustad Media on Vimeo.

Minecraft Mega City


The Minecraft Mega City has been in development for two years, and is simply amazing. Don’t miss the video.

Carrie Witherell

By Carrie Witherell


Free eBooks for Designers


Courtesy UltraLinx.

Dark UI as Sexism

“If you write software that enables harassment and stalking, or makes it difficult for users to protect their personal information, you’re disproportionately driving women off of your platform or making them do extra work. Respecting user’s privacy and emphasizing consent in software design is fundamentally an issue of equality — not just gender, but across the board.” –Kat, “Ways Men in Tech are Unintentionally Sexist

Her entire piece should be required reading, but that piece in particular really grabbed me when Joel pointed to it.

Medium: How Bad UX Killed Jenny


When most of us design a User Interface, and fail at basic usability, the worst that happens is that our product fails. Yet, when the designers of this system, or even an airplane’s cockpit, fail at their design, there are real physical harms. With so much on the line, you would think these industries would have hired the best designers in the world to carefully craft the User Experience. But they don’t.

Highest Priced Photographer Alive

photo by andreas gursky

Gursky’s May Day V (2006), at Matthew Marks.

Important Photo of the Day: Fleetwood Mac, 1977

photo by sam emerson

Video: Eyes of Hitchcock

Eyes of Hitchcock from Criterion Collection on Vimeo.

Macau’s Magic Squares


Macau’s postal service is releasing a series of stamps based on magic squares. Full set will include the SATOR, and Dürer’s Melencolia. Below you see a Nasik 2D geo-magic square of order 3 (all the rows and columns are magic, but so are all six diagonals, including the four “broken” diagonals).


Learn more about the stamps at the Macau postal service site.

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