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Samantha LeVan’s Lame Cancer

A year ago March 28, my close friend Samantha LeVan sent me a fairly routine email asking me if she could pass my info along to a young web designer looking for a mentor. It was so nondescript that I might have put it off for a few days, busy with other things. I’m glad [Keep Reading...]

FONC and the Impostor Syndrome

Last week, Caterina Fake wrote about a social observation she made at SXSW which she called FOMO — Fear Of Missing Out: people checking their Twitter and Foursquare feeds to see who was where, doing what, to make sure that they were in the right place at the right time with the right people. And [Keep Reading...]

Why I detest the term “Lean UX”

Any user experience designer worth their salt takes the needs of the company they’re serving into account and adapts their approach accordingly — identifying the appropriate process, methods and tools to get the job done. This has been the case for as long as information architecture and interaction design have been in practice. Rigid methodology [Keep Reading...]

Photo of the day: Follow this line

I walked into the Barnes & Noble on 18th Street and Fifth Ave the other day, and found something curious. Lines of colored tape along the floor. As I approached a sales guy for help finding something, I overheard him talking to the gentleman before me: “Just follow the yellow line to the end and [Keep Reading...]

The plain numbers about women in tech – The Startups

I don’t often think of myself as a woman. As I approach public restrooms, I have to remind myself: “Whitney, you are a woman, use the women’s room.” Being a woman doesn’t actively, consciously factor into my every day life, especially not professionally. While my gender must have a partial effect on everything I do [Keep Reading...]

Literally Desperate

There’s something I have to metaphorically get off my chest. You literally don’t have a clue what “literally” actually means. Literal is defined as: actual; absolute. Literally is defined as: in the explicit meaning of the word; without embellishment or exaggeration; not as an idiom or metaphor. I’m not the first person to plead this [Keep Reading...]

Email of the Week: I Do Software

Recently got this zinger in my inbox: Sorry if I find your site overwhelming. And I don’t want to be a UX designer. And I am too busy to blog or tweet. But I do software. So knowing about UX design is not an issue for me. That was the beginning. The rest was asking [Keep Reading...]