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From Peterme: As companies embrace the need to take user experience seriously, often their first step is to build out a “UX department.” However, the reality is that user experience is a phenomenon that emerges from an entire organization’s activities, not just the efforts of one team. There are (at least) six components that need to be aligned throughout the organization, which I’ve grouped into “The Why” and “The How”.
From Nancy Young: As the name suggests, this popular trend encompasses techniques that can help you achieve great results by doing less than you need to. Today I’d like to share just a few of those techniques. Hopefully, they will help you achieve the best results for the task you’re facing, in the shortest amount of time.
From Catherine Goldberg at Greatist: By learning how to master the seven things that are within our control, you will start to make more net positive decisions, fewer net negative ones, and find that empowering, positive behaviors become second nature. So let go of all the stuff you can’t control and start using your time to master what you can control. Before you know it, you’ll be living your best life ever!
From Wired: In theater, the “fourth wall” is the invisible barricade at the front of the stage, through which the audience observes the action while the players act as though the audience isn’t there.
If such a thing exists in museums—and it does, in the form of glass casing and “Please don’t touch” signs—the newly renovated Cooper Hewitt is taking a step towards getting rid of it. This December, after three years of renovation, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (formerly Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum) in New York will reopen with 60 percent more gallery space than before, and a range of new interactive technologies by Local Projects that will let visitors engage with the museum’s collection in a totally novel way.
From Scott Cantrell in Dallas Morning News: The old overture-concerto-symphony model, with no real relationship among the pieces, gives no identity to a concert, no marketing hook. It’s just another ‘one from column A, one from column B’ mishmash. Slapping alliterative labels for single pieces on concerts — ‘Marvelous Mozart,’ ‘Bombastic Beethoven,’ ‘Ravishing Ravel’ — is pretty lame.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 · Topics: typography
From Paul Shaw: Having criticized most existing letterform terminology diagrams it seems only fair that I show what I use. These sheets were begun a few years ago for my SVA students but I have never found the time to polish them. Since they don’t yet have any arrows, circles or coloration to indicate exactly what is being described I have added some commentary. Please excuse the missing examples and other glitches. Perhaps this post will spur me to ﬁnish them.