NYT on Ethnography

UBWAThe New York Times recently offered an amusing glimpse of commercial ethnography — Consuming Rituals of the Suburban Tribe. Its author aimed a soft-focus lens on field studies of typical American consumers… and even found a wizened ethnographer to...

On the horns of a dilemma…

Like a great many web sites, I’ve got some difficult decisions ahead. New HTML specifications offer promising glimpses of compatibility and extensibility — XHTML, in particular — while at the same time widening the gap between current standards, and...

Everyday Design

Last Friday, Talk of the Nation Science Friday’s Ira Flatow spoke at some length with Don Norman, the user friendly half of the Nielsen-Norman group. I’ve been tremendously influenced by Don over the years. My copy of Don’s Psychology of Everyday...

A grain of salt…

Pop used to zing me with the old saw to “believe 50 percent of what you read and 90 percent of what you see” — though I’d wager that in this age of digital photography and computer-based video wizardry, the latter of those number might tumble....

Solis Maestro’s Paces

Donny brought along his Solis Maestro coffee grinder for our cupping session yesterday. After pressing it into use as our espresso grinder and using it to grind for our open cup session, we’d pretty well explored its very capable range of grinds. On both ends of...

LCD Convergence

Pundits have for some time suggested a least common denominator approach to the convergence of mobile phones, PDAs and increasingly feature-laden devices. “If you can talk into it,” they say, “it’s a phone.” A new generation of products,...

Pin It on Pinterest