Interviewing: Accessibility versus Ability

I don’t have really much to say these days, but the following tweet thread from Mekka Okereke just really blew me away. If you are working with students you should properly read this and take this to heart.

Fedora logo redesign: What makes good feedback?

I was reading this post by Máirín Duffy about the Fedora logo redesign process, which I found really enlightening and super interesting. At the end of the post Máirín Duffy talks about what is constructive feedback, which they can relay back into the design process and push the process forward. I found the description about what is helpful feedback as really useful, it is probably applicable to many other “open” or “inclusive” design processes. Here are just some words that really stood out to me at the end of the post, firstly stating feedback as a problem:

The most useful feedback is stated as a problem, not a solution. E.g., if you suggest changing an element, to understand your perspective it’s helpful to know why you seek to change that element. Also note that while “I don’t like X” or “I like Y” is a perfectly valid reaction, it’s not particularly helpful unless you can dig in a little deeper and share with us why you feel that way, what specific technical details of the logo (shape, contrast, color, clarity, connotation, meaning, similarity to something else, etc.) you think triggered the feeling.

Fedora logo redesign update by Máirín Duffy

And then, descriptive feedback vs. feedback by a vote:

Please also note this is not a vote. We would love your feedback in order to iterate and push the designs forward. If this was a vote or poll, we’d set one up using the proper software. We want feedback on why you like, don’t like, or otherwise react to what you see here. We are not going to tally “votes” here and make a decision based on that. Here is an example of a very productive and helpful set of feedback that resulted in a healthy back and forth with a new direction for the designs. Providing feedback on specific components of the logo is great brain food for making it better!

Fedora logo redesign update by Máirín Duffy

Featured Photo by Finn Hackshaw on Unsplash

What do replicants and copies remember?

We are not so different

“I’m not an answer,” she said. “I’m a question.”
She might also be a message incarnate, a signal in the flesh, even if she hadn’t yet figured out what story she was supposed to tell.”

Ghost Bird to Control

Book 3, Southern Reach Trilogy

Since the first time I saw the Blade Runner (1982) movie, I was fascinated with the world that it replicated and built, with the characters and also with the questions it posed to the viewer. I have seen both the original Blade Runner movie and the various different versions of it. I’ve also seen the new Blade Runner 2049 (2017) film and the three short films (Blade Runner Black Out 2022, 2036: Nexus Dawn and 2048: Nowhere to Run ) that bridge the “gap” between the two films. This being said, Blade Runner has not been the focus of my attention the last week or two. Rather, the Southern Reach and Area X has occupied me. But, strangely enough, by reading the Southern Reach trilogy, I have also been thinking about Blade Runner.

One specific thing has triggered my thinking, while reading the Southern Reach trilogy written by Jeff Vandermeer, namely the so-called “copies” or “false doppelgangers” created by Area X. (See below for further explanation.) In turn I have been thinking about the replicants in the Blade Runner Films. (The Annihilation-film, although very good, does not follow the same trajectory as the books.) I have been wondering if the “copies” made by Area X and the “replicants” in Blade Runner does not lead us to ask similar type of questions?

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Gutenberg and the great beyond

Recently I watched the State of the Word 2018, delivered by Matt Mullenweg. I really think people who are interested in the future of WordPress, but also the future of internet publication in general should have a look at it. The roadmap for Gutenberg is very exciting. I am very positive about what lies ahead. 

They are currently in phase 1 regarding the development and implementation of Gutenberg, the latter focusing specifically on writing and editing posts/pages. With phases 2, 3 & 4 they will be going beyond this.