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Photo of the day: Negative Floors

Some buildings label their 1st floor as 1, others as L for lobby or G for ground floor. I’ve even seen it as 0 in European cities where the “1st floor” denotes the first floor above ground level — what Americans consider to be the 2nd floor. But never have I ever seen this: Negative [Keep Reading…]

Business or Pleasure?

I arrived into Newark Airport from Tel Aviv at 4:45am ET, having been awake for 30 hours straight. U.S. Customs was rather empty so early in the morning. I approached the agent, handed him my passport, and waited for the inevitable inquisition: “Were you in Israel for business or pleasure?” Never has the question struck [Keep Reading…]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

You might have realized I haven’t been here in a while. That’s because I’ve been everywhere else. I spent my summer doing deeply meaningful client projects and traveling the world sharing my passion for making people’s lives better. I met a ton of interesting new people along the way — people who inspired me to [Keep Reading…]

Elegy for Capitalism

10 years ago, I was a sophomore in college. I had an assignment in my poetry class to imitate another poet’s style. How I felt then is no different than how I feel now. Elegy for Capitalism By Whitney Hess Imitating Larry Levis Written 11/01/2001 It’s a new love outside A love you’ll never see. [Keep Reading…]

Catching Up on Pleasure and Pain

Welcome! If it’s your first time here, you probably arrived via a link to a single post and may not have a full picture of the things I write about. If you’re interested in learning more about me, here’s a selection of posts that can speak to my broader vision about user experience and my [Keep Reading…]

Follow-up to “You’re not a user experience designer if…”

The blog post I wrote about six weeks ago titled, You’re not a user experience designer if…, got way more attention than I ever could have predicted — in fact, I think it got the most traffic of any post I’ve ever written. Sure, it’s an antagonistic title and that always gets people riled up. [Keep Reading…]

Silver Winner of the Inaugural User Experience Awards

I am incredibly honored to have won an award at last night’s User Experience Awards at the Parsons School of Design. I was awarded one of four Silver prizes for my work on the Boxee beta application, and was given the distinction of Best User Centered Design Process. Wow! Thank you so much to the [Keep Reading…]