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The user experience of a staircase

As I was going over the Triboro Bridge on the way to JFK on Friday, I saw a metal staircase high above the traffic that construction workers use to access the top of the bridge tower. Seeing it from a distance made me appreciate for the first time that a staircase is great design. It’s [Keep Reading…]

The Experience of Being a Woman

I have always wanted to be the woman who doesn’t feel the need to talk about women’s issues. I have always wanted to be the woman in business whom people describe as an astute leader and force to be reckoned with without ever being called a “woman in business.” I have always wanted to be [Keep Reading…]

Finding Myself in You

Sometime this weekend I hit 10,000 unique visitors on this measly little blog. (Well, unique cookies at least.) I have been writing here since January 10 of this year. I never expected to attract much of a following, let alone in just four months. Pleasure and Pain is now averaging 920 unique visitors weekly, and [Keep Reading…]

List of Firsts: Saturday, April 19, 2008

Saturday was a perfect day in Manhattan. It was the first real day of Spring that I could actually enjoy — so naturally I took my bike out of storage, pumped up the tires and went for a joy ride. Every time I go bike riding I try to explore something new. Saturday was certainly [Keep Reading…]

No, that’s not me

If you Google “whitney hess” and find this: You’ll get this: Close-up: But sorry, boys. That’s not me.

Design — Architect — Engineer

I’m talking about the verbs, not the nouns. To design. To architect. To engineer. These words are often conflated — a common source of despair for those of us in the related fields, misunderstood and misidentified. This issue has been tackled by many people far more seasoned and insightful than me. But if I may [Keep Reading…]

Where’s Whitney?

It’s been four days since I’ve managed to spend more than 5 minutes at the computer. I caught a cold, and since it was the third one in just three weeks, it really knocked me sideways. I’ve been in bed for about 22 hours a day, subtracting time sitting on the couch just for a [Keep Reading…]