We put design on a pedestal right up until the moment it threatens to affect our deadline.
My first question about the Onyx Communicator was “Why?”.
However, after some additional thought, I warmed up to the idea. While I don’t foresee people wearing these around town every day, there are numerous use cases for this Star Trekish communicator. Now if I can just find a friend willing to drop $99 so I have someone to test with…
To develop user-experience insights and skills, define how many hours you should spend observing actual user behavior each year. Junior staff need more hours; senior people can get by with fewer annual user-exposure hours.
Nielsen/Norman Group: Time with Users: Set Personal and Company Goals
The transcript of this talk made the rounds a while ago. I read it at the time and I’m glad the video has been made available.
This is a great talk about where we are with online privacy and how we got here. Take a 45 minute break and check it out.
I’ve been following the IndieWeb movement for a while now. I won’t get into all of the reasons why right now, but I agree with and want to support what they are doing. While I was very curious, I hadn’t done anything. Dave Slusher’s in-depth post on his experience, This Blog Has a POSSE, helped push me over the edge–partially due to the Andre the Giant reference.
Today, I spent some time configuring this site so that it can participate in the IndieWeb ecosystem. This means that publishing to silos such as Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook is easier. More interestingly, likes, comments and such made on those silos should make it back to this site–that’s the idea anyway. This is the inaugural post, so we’ll see how things go.
Here’s the short story of what I did (a more detailed write-up is in the offing):
- Added some information to my home page to support web sign in and an h-card. These are outlined on indiewebify.me.
- Installed a few plugins:
- Signed in to Bridgy
These resources were very helpful in getting things set up:
- indiewebify.me is a sort of checklist for getting your IndieWeb ducks in a row. It’s a bit easier to get through than the IndieWebCamp wiki.
- Scott Kingery’s Using WordPress for IndieWeb has much of the same information as IndieWebCamp WordPress page linked below, but is easier to follow, for me anyway. I highly recommend it.
- The IndieWebCamp’s WordPress page is a great resource for those using WordPress.
This is the first post I’m making with these new components in place. After I see how well things are or are not working, I’ll write a more detailed follow-up.