October 2, 2014


Scooby-Doo, “Hassle in the Castle”

Talk to yr kids about hassles.



Scooby-Doo, “Hassle in the Castle”

Talk to yr kids about hassles.

September 23, 2014







This Icelandic police force has the most adorable Instagram account 

Meet the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, serving the capital of Iceland. By the looks of their incredible Instagram account, a normal day includes holding kittens, eating candy and wearing false mustaches.

There’s more where those came from | Follow micdotcom

For the record the Icelandic police are probably the best police force in the world, There has only been one instance where an officer shot and killed a civilian in the entire history of the country (which is nearly a hundred years) and everyone was completely devastated by it, the police especially — because, as made clear in their statements after the incident, they understand their function is to protect the people. Not to mention that their general police go unarmed except for special squads.

Let’s run through some more facts while we’re on the subject: Compared to 31,000+ shooting deaths in the US in 2009, Iceland had… 4, because they have very rigorous screening processes for gun permits. There is very little economic disparity between upper, middle and lower classes, and social welfare programs take care of their people. Drug use affects less than 1% of the population between 15 and 65 years old, and 90% of drug-related court cases are settled with a fine rather than jail time. Violent crime is virtually non-existent. [x]

Iceland is like if you took the entire idea of chill and personified it as an country, and this exemplifies that. 

Iceland also has a population of like 325,000 people, so uh, it’s worth noting that it’s a lot easier to get that many people to agree on something. It’s like taking a population of people comparable to Pittsburgh and putting them on an island the size of Kentucky away from the rest of North American politics.

I’d totally move there if their language didn’t make my brain hurt a little.

Sounds awesome but my eyes just go “nooooooooooo”

We’re moving to Iceland

sounds like a plan

(Source: micdotcom, via worldiary)

August 12, 2014
A recap (in Tweets) of last week’s Social Engagement Summit, sponsored by InsightPool and held over at the Atlanta Tech Village

August 8, 2014



App Turns NYC Subway Maps Into Interactive Data Visualizations

If you’re a New Yorker who likes to nerd out about maps, urbanism, and data visualization, a new app called Tunnel Vision will be like poetry to your eyes. But even if you’re not into any of those things, it might make dismal waits on subway platforms a little more fun.

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Now that’s pretty nifty. 

August 4, 2014

A Map of the Most Common Cause of Death by U.S. State That Keeps Getting Covered Up


A Map of the Most Common Cause of Death by U.S. State That Keeps Getting Covered Up

August 1, 2014
Sometimes it is important to note the things that are really important

July 29, 2014
Origins of Common UI Symbols

July 29, 2014
8 Essential Elements of Every UX Document

I have posted this in the past, but have reflected on it (and gone searching for it) a couple times in the recent past, 


It’s a nice summation of the “basics to include in your user experience documentation” (or at least, elements to discuss whether or not to include). I think UX has evolved (and continues to evolve) to the point where a UX “deliverable” can mean a whole host of things, and there are contexts in which this list doesn’t make sense, but when you think of a UX document as something the document’s creator passes off to someone else (client, client service rep, designer, developer, your mom (that’s right, I went there), then this list makes a whole lot of sense.

(Side note to self: Maybe the fact that I’m equating document with deliverable here means I need to start mentally parsing the difference between deliverable and documentation?)

These basics include things like: 

  • Give your document a title
  • Give your document page numbers
  • Make versioning simple
  • Reveal key properties on every page

Basics that would seem somewhat self-evident, yet also end up getting dropped in a number of UX documents I have seen (and, yes, worked on in the past).

This information was posted by Eight Shapes, whose Unify project is “A documentation system to produce wireframes, maps, flows, storyboards, plans, style guides, specs, usability testing reports, and prototypes too.”


June 23, 2014
How a Grown-up Field Trip to a Museum Can Improve Your Work (and Life)

Your next big idea might not come in a brainstorming session, but instead among the dinosaur bones and masterpieces. With at least 17,500 museums in the country, there are options for a visit to the 18th century or your favorite painter’s thought process. But as a compelling space for startup brainstorming or stress reduction? Give the benefits of museums a peek with these reasons they’re great for your creative process.

June 20, 2014
Landing Pages: Optimizing for 5 Different Traffic Sources


landing page traffic source

Are you designing your landing pages based on where their traffic is coming from?

Have you even thought about that?

Don’t be concerned if you haven’t. You’re not alone.

Your landing page is affected by the source of traffic coming to it. Unless you keep in mind the values, wants and needs of your landing page’s audience, you’ll struggle to find long-term success.

This article will dive into optimizing your landing page for five different traffic sources:

  • Facebook

  • Google Adwords

  • Facebook Ads

  • Search

  • Email

Let’s get rolling!

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