Great internet stuff: the not-so-weekly digest (#7)

Presenting another installment of a collection of most-highly-recommended articles, websites and ideas that shaped my thinking throughout the past few weeks (recently renamed from “What I’ve been reading lately – the not-so-weekly digest”.) Topics include design, research, user experience, anthropology, business, organizational culture, technology, careers, culture [change] and society, and other great stuff.

Design’s free 7-week course on user-centered design

Designing better digital file organization

So you want to be an information architect?

A handy guide to levels of prototype fidelity

Melinda Gates on why user-centered design is essential for improving people’s lives


Why designers should research and researchers should design

How to make a research wall when you don’t have a wall

Brigitte Jordan brought to Nissan to establish ethnography and design anthropology as foundational to research

Pro tips for dealing with difficult, anxious, placative and improperly recruited usability test participants

User Experience

UX Comic Pattern Library

A comprehensive list of UX, UXD, HCD, HCI, and IA degrees


My two years as an anthropologist on the Photoshop team

Prime of Life: The Story of My 20s, as Told in Amazon Purchases

The 7 deadly sins of the Human Terrain System: An insider’s perspective

Mentoring the next generation of practicing anthropologists

Dick Powis on anthropology blogging

Race and Rachel Dolezal: A Conversation with Patricia Sunderland

Is Netflix’s in-house anthropologist just an “ornamental academic”?


“Compassionate capitalism,” or, “what if Mother Teresa drove a Ferrari?”

This Ad’s For You: The story of Tom Burrell, one of the first black men in American Advertising

Costco to Offer Wholesale Marijuana by Summer

Be glad you’re not in the dying greeting card business

In Search of the Red Cross’ $500 Million in Haiti Relief

Organizational Culture

The wording of a job description can impact on hiring and gender inclusion

Why calling out someone in your group can make it stronger

The Workologist archives

Annoying tech jargon to remove from your vocabulary

22% of Millennials ranked training & development as most valuable workplace benefit


On the visual web, a photo is worth more than 1,000 words

Autonomous cars will destroy millions of jobs and reshape the US economy by 2025

Computer Programs for the Kitchen, 1984

“In terms of the internet, nothing has happened yet. The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning.”

The Fruit of Weak Ties: researchers find active Tweeters with diverse networks have better ideas

New McDonald’s In Phoenix Run Entirely By Robots, 50 times faster than average human employee


40% of U.S. workers have contingent jobs according to the U.S. government

3 tricky UX job interview questions and how to handle them

4 ways to break into UX

5 pros share how they got into the field of UX

9 ways to be a great UX practitioner

Culture [Change] and Society

Taxi drivers in Portland have been hit by the arrival of Uber & Lyft—including many who are Ethiopian immigrants

Intel anthropologist Genevieve Bell on the “uselessness” of the #WomenInTech meme

“But you don’t look like…” A woman goes to Harvard Business School

Baltimore youth train police officers on how to interact with them

A Portland renter’s thoughts on urban growth; a city “at war with itself over the city everyone wants it to become”

Other Great Stuff

Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave

Gif vs jif

Positive error messages

A day in the life of a deaf person

World Bad LinkedIn Photo Day

An interview with the artist behind the covers of 90s book series Goosebumps

Photo by Isaac Sachs

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