Archive for January 2009

Two excellent, free, design ebooks

Whoa. There must be something in the water. The Vignelli Canon Major “whoa” on this one. It oozes quality & love for the subject. Broken into two parts, The Intangibles (semantics, syntactics, pragmatics—philosophical design nerdy) and The Tangibles (paper sizes, grids, type sizes, texture, etc.), it totals a whopping 96 pages. It’s one to savor. […]

Pricing your consulting: You’re doing it wrong

I’ve been consulting for almost 11 years. Yeah, that long! I made every damn mistake in the book, but I’m also an obsessive research-and-testin’ fool and I know I’ve become a better consultant than almost anyone else. Since 2009 is allegedly the year of the world’s biggest economic clusterfuck, I thought it’d be a perfect […]

Are you human? How CAPTCHA asks the wrong question & solves nothing

I hate spam. I also hate CAPTCHAs. Spam’s not just an issue for web site / app / email consumers, although it’s a major annoyance. It’s a huge problem for developers and those who run the services. While you might get 50 spams a day, say, the problem is that the servers used in the […]

Do "interesting details" really hurt learning?

Overcoming Bias has a little post that, for the most part, quotes the findings of a study on how “interesting details” affect learning. The researchers found that “interesting details” decreased the student’s understanding (transfer), while not affecting the student’s memory (retention) of what they read/watched. Case 1 was video trying to teach about how a […]

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