Archives for May 2013
A jQuery plugin to ensure that multi-line text is rendered so that the amount of text per line is roughly the same.
it’s really uncomfortable to see a strong, child-like character get tarted up and flash bedroom eyes at you, but it’s equally sucky to rely on a giant corporation to teach your kids what strong women look like. Strong women look like Amelia Earhart, Rosie the Riveter, Asmaa Mahfouz, or Elizabeth Smart. Or Wonder Woman, or Sally Ride or Sojourner Truth, or Amy Poehler, or Ada Lovelace, or Anne Frank. Or your grandmother.
Two uncomfortable truths: New Merida looks a little whorey. Fewer people care about this than you would think. is worth a quick read and provides some great perspective on the redesign of Merida from Disney’s film Brave. This is spot on. Parents need to teach their kids about strong women and role models of both genders. Relying on hollywood, or any company to do so, diminishes our roles as parents and skews our kids.
It is a failure.
I do not want my son to grow up thinking that a strong female role model was “improved” by making her a bit sexier. I don’t want to see his respect for his fellow humans casually eroded, before he’s even had a chance to learn how amazing each of us are.
Every five years, Texas Monthly “dispatches a team of trained eaters to travel around Texas incognito, ingesting huge amounts of barbecue. Their goal is to visit as many of the state’s approximately two thousand barbecue joints as possible in order to come up with a list of the fifty best.”
Only 18 from 2008 are made the list five years later.
Every UX professional feels the pain that has driven me down my winding career path, but the next steps aren’t obvious and there is not a clear path to follow. I’m trying to document the opportunities that I see, in the hope that others will drive forward, taking risks in order to have a larger impact.
Admittedly, I miss the days where I spent 10 hours in Photoshop or wrangling code. When I’m finalizing budgets, dealing with internal politics, reviewing contracts or defending a product roadmap, I seriously think about returning to those roles. Those challenges are much more familiar. The role far more comfortable. The results of my effort easier to see.
But my influence would be dissipated. My view of the world narrowed. My ability to deliver a great experience reduced, hampered by the decisions of others.
I would not make the impact that I want.