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Dark mod sucks, actually.

Tl;dr there’s no evidence “dark mode” is better for your eyesight or your productivity, and in fact studies indicate the exact opposite.

I admit I go through periods of trying out OS-level dark mode, and hate it every time. For a while I was okay at convincing myself to just “give it a shot” until I “got used to it”… and then I read this article and stopped freakin’ bothering.

2019-07-10T11:04:00+10:0016th November, 2019|Tags: design, tech|

McDonaldization.

So this article is specifically about the increasing standardization of UX design jobs, though it’s by no means limited to that particularly sector.

Incidentally, while the term “McDonaldization” was coined in the 90s, the concept is much older; Marx, for example, talks extensively about it in Capital while describing the ways previously artisanal traditional crafts—everything from making furniture to bread to lace—were changed to accommodate factory production. What we’re seeing now, and what the linked article is a symptom of, is that those same processes are now starting to creep into the formerly white collar professions, particularly in IT.

IT has historically been a bit insulated from McDonaldization because it’s a young industry, meaning a lot of its forms and processes and, importantly, integrations with existing capitalist structures (i.e. businesses) so on weren’t standardized. Inventing the hamburger menu in 1982 made you a world leader in UX. Implementing one today means mindlessly copying forty years of prior art…

2019-07-08T12:09:38+10:005th November, 2019|Tags: design, tech, webdesign|

Upside-down to whom?

Cute little anecdote about the orientation of the logo on the back of Apple laptops.

Reminds me of the bat ring I used to wear,1 and the girl in high school art class who couldn’t deal with the fact I wore it so it appeared “head up” for other people looking at my hands. She was convinced rings should be worn so they appeared “correct” from the point-of-view of the wearer, not the viewer, so used to physically grab my hands and switch it around on me.

High school was wild, man.

Also, I will note Microsoft solves the “which way does the logo go” problem by having a logo on the backs of its Surfaces that’s both horizontally and vertically symmetrical. Hah! Take that, Steve Jobs!

  1. For like fifteen years. Eventually the cheap metal got so bent—the “ring” was basically in the shape of a D—it got too uncomfortable. []
2019-03-25T10:31:52+11:0013th September, 2019|Tags: apple, design, tech|

If everybody looked the same…

Why is everything—from website to cafes—suddenly starting to look exactly the same? And is it even a problem if it does?

2019-02-05T14:43:38+11:0020th July, 2019|Tags: culture, design|

WHAT WAS THAT?

As someone who has both a deaf husband and a deaf father, over-loud restaurants are 100% an accessibility issue1 and the fact that sound-amplifying designs intentionally propagate because they’re aesthetically “trendy” is Ableism In Action 101.

  1. In fact, my husband realized he was deaf when we were having a conversation in a very loud restaurant and he couldn’t follow it. It became the triggering incident that caused him to get tested. []
2019-01-03T10:53:16+11:008th May, 2019|Tags: culture, design|