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Interaction-design.org’s Encyclopedia is live!

Interaction-design.org is a Denmark-based foundation that explores research on all human-centered aspects of technology. In an effort to create world-class educational materials for free, they have just launched an open-access, peer-reviewed encyclopedia. The first seven chapters were released today, with many more to be published in the coming months. I was invited by editor-in-chief Mads [Keep Reading…]

Whit Hour – Week 22

Thank you so much to the ~22 people who showed up for the twenty-second week of Whit Hour — my weekly one-hour video chat to answer any and all of your questions about user experience, consulting, and whatever else you throw at me. Tune in every Monday night from 10-11pm Eastern Time at http://www.livestream.com/whithour. Whit [Keep Reading…]

Independently employed? What’s your retirement plan?

I’ve been independent since August 2008, and prior to that I had been contributing to my company-sponsored 401(k) since college (at each of my three previous full-time jobs). When I went solo, I was given the option to keep my money in my last company’s 401(k) plan indefinitely — but obviously without their matching contributions. [Keep Reading…]

What are you worth?

Perhaps not coincidentally, I had two totally separate conversations on Sunday within the same theme: how much should I charge? Later that day I tweeted: Several folks responded that they’d like to hear more about my reflection in a blog post, so here it is. One conversation was with a friend who’s interviewing for a [Keep Reading…]

A Book Apart: Empowering Fuzzy Teams in 100 Pages or Less

On Sunday, I reread Jeremy Keith‘s HTML5 for Web Designers, from cover to cover, on the plane to An Event Apart San Diego. I first read it when it arrived on my doorstep in July, but I am in a different mindset now — beginning a new product adventure — and I wanted to refresh [Keep Reading…]

Whit Hour – Week 19

Thank you so much to the ~26 people who showed up for the nineteenth week of Whit Hour — my weekly one-hour video chat to answer any and all of your questions about user experience, consulting, and whatever else you throw at me. Tune in every Monday night from 10-11pm Eastern Time at http://www.livestream.com/whithour. Whit [Keep Reading…]

I’m teaching a Girl Develop IT class!

My dear friend and “girl developer” Sara Chipps has been making waves in the tech community with her new initiative Girl Develop IT. Recently featured on ReadWriteWeb, Girl Develop IT strives to narrow the gender divide in tech by offering an extremely low-cost series of classes on programming to women who want to build their [Keep Reading…]