The “notch” on the new iPhone X is not just strange, interesting, or even odd — it is bad. It is bad design, and as a result, bad for the user experience. The justification for the notch (the new Face ID tech, which lets you unlock the device just by looking at it) could have […]
Abstract This article problematizes the relationship between clicks and audience interests. Clicking patterns are often seen as evidence that news users are mostly interested in junk news, leading to concerns about the state of journalism and the implications for society. Asking and observing how 56 users actually browse news and what clicking and not clicking […]
When I quit my editing job at Wired in 2012 to spend more time with my startup, Contextly was focussed on helping readers dive deeply into a story, via smart related links at the end of stories. I was frustrated then at the state of digital publishing tools and the lack of innovation in the news media […]
There is something endlessly frustrating when a news site launches a redesign that is a barely changed rehash of a large media companies older design. Few, if any, media companies are backing up their design with user experience science. If the final sites are any indication, we have paid little attention to decades of significant […]
Kill the article. That was the theme of the Global Editors Network hackathon that I participated in with Seattle Times teammates Ben Turner and Justin Mayo. This was one of 20 hackathons happening worldwide, with winners of each event going to Barcelona to compete against each other. Unfortunately, we didn’t win. But we still think […]
Why have I been blocked? This website is using a security service to protect itself from online attacks. The action you just performed triggered the security solution. There are several actions that could trigger this block including submitting a certain word or phrase, a SQL command or malformed data. How the Web Became Unreadable.
I thought my eyesight was beginning to go. It turns out, I’m suffering from design. It’s been getting harder for me to read things on my phone and my laptop. I’ve caught myself squinting and holding the screen closer to my face. I’ve worried that my eyesight is starting to go. These hurdles have made me grumpier […]