My client Alyse Liebowitz of 3 Chicks that Click Photography has an updated website and a new business focus. After keeping a blog on the WordPress platform, she decided to move the entire website to WordPress to better manage her content. She explains her change in strategy on her own blog.
Though I started with a commercial WordPress theme, the color and typography are customized to match 3 Chicks’ branding. I have to mention one of the plugins we are using that becomes more and more useful everyday: WordPress SEO by Yoast. I’m not the only one – here’s an article on 6 Reasons you should be using it too!
I’m trying out WordPress’s own responsive theme, Twenty Twelve. I used a version of Twenty Twelve for a client website and decided to use it on my own site to make it responsive. So far it’s working out well, but if you see anything odd, please let me know!
Boxes and Arrows is an online publication featuring articles on Information Architecture and and design that has been around since 2001. I just had an article on the 2013 UX Awards published there today.
This year on Memorial Day, my Aunt, Cousin and my Cousin’s family made a special visit to my late Uncle’s grave to remember his service in the Vietnam War. I wish I could have been there in person, but because of digital photography and social media my cousin could share the images of the service with family members scattered around the country.
Sifting through all the information available on Ancestry.com, I discovered another family member who fought in a war long ago. My grandfather’s great uncle, Ora Butler Douglas, was a young man in his early 20’s when he enlisted in the Union Army to fight in the Civil War. After his promotion to 1st Sergeant, he was wounded in the Siege of Vicksburg May of 1863. He died later that summer and was buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. He was only 25.
Though he left no descendants, my great-grandfather Ora Philander Seward inherited his first name. He has a virtual memorial on Find A Grave and someday I hope to visit and see the site for myself.
I was people-watching/listening on the subway the other day and noticed a family – a mom, a dad and a little boy – speaking French. The boy was dressed in the most adorable casual-chic outfit I’d ever seen on a child; his blond hair was perfectly cut. Clutched tightly in his arms was a very well-washed floppy stuffed bunny. Or maybe it was a puppy dog; it was hard to tell.
The scene reminded me of a non-profit I support called Tubie Friends. Some children require a surgically-placed feeding tube to get proper nutrition. Having a port attached to your body can be disconcerting to an adult, much less a small child. So two mothers of children with feeding tubes got the idea to attach the same type of tubes to stuffed animals, so their children would have a “friend” sharing their experiences. A child with a Tubie Friend can also practice “feeding” the doll and show his or her sibling how it is done.
I did a little more research and found out that in hospitals, healthcare workers called child life specialists also use dolls to teach sick children and their parents and siblings about their illness and help them cope. I also found an article on PennLive that details the process of using a Medical play doll to prepare a young patient for her treatment at the hospital: Medical play helps children cope with their illnesses.
As a User Experience Designer, most of the products I work with are digital, like websites and applications. But as this quote from Bill DeRouchey points out “User experience is any interaction with any product, any artifact, any system.” For a child that could be interacting with a professionally designed Medical doll or a well-loved floppy stuffed bunny.