Words

☕ + 🍩 = ✏️

Verbs, nouns, coffee, and donuts. Do you like the Oxford comma? I do. Check me out on Medium, just don't ask me about the subjunctive in French.

 
Japanse Olympics Pictograms

A Pictogram Speaks a Thousand Languages (or Thereabouts)

How do you help direct and guide an international audience that is coming to find their way around a venue without using written language?

At an event like the Olympic Games, communication and language barriers are almost unavoidable. But using pictograms to represent each event and common services, help break down those barriers.

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Poodle Cloud

Seeing Poodles Everywhere

Clouds that look like poodles, star constellations in the evening sky, and faces on your morning toast. Our eyes and brains work together as an awesome team who always are on the lookout for relationships between values. And the meaningful patterns we discover, help us make sense of the world.

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Facebook Language Icon

Designing for All People(s)

Accessibility and Internationalization: A look at usability through localization of Facebook

Internationalization is a design process that ensures a product can be adapted to various languages and regions. On the web, languages determine the writing orientation of the text (think Arabic or Chinese) the fonts used (think Cyrillic for Russian or Hiragana for Japanese), or even the dictionary for pronunciation used by a screen reader (imagine hearing U.S. English pronunciation for Spanish text.)

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Netflix Parental Controls

Stories From the Great Indoors

Solving for Hidden Pain-Points for Online Streaming Services for Kids.

Kids and parents have unique needs in how they discover and watch online content, and streaming services like YouTube Kids and Netflix are competing to innovate in this area by launching original kids shows, interactive content, as well as badges and rewards tied to viewing. But when does making a great product experience mean that the product needs to adapt and put controls in place to help kids and parents make good viewing-choices that may limit the use of the product.

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Sorting

It’s a Messy World Out There

Any product or service should want to provide people with meaningful interactions. That means that when we communicate anything, usability through a shared understanding of concepts and categories should be the most important consideration.

And that’s where taxonomy enters.

Any product should be designed, written, and categorized with the end-user in mind because content that isn’t usable isn’t useful.

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ATM for Kids app

ATMs for Kids: Teaching Good Money-Choices

Kids are notoriously bad at remembering their socks, phone numbers, school bags, keys, and lunches (though they can easily remember their parents’ mobile PIN.) So in what circumstances would they need to use an ATM designed primarily for kids?

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