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A Rant: Privacy and the Internet

It’s that time of year again. People are applying for jobs having received their degrees and they are ‘scrubbing’ or ‘sanitizing’ their social media presence for fear that hiring managers will see pictures of them doing keg stands, drugs, or just generally being a little less than responsible on the internet. This concern is valid. HR departments have been known to use employees, interns, and their own accounts to dig up ‘dirt’ on people’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, to see if the individual presented on the resume and at the interview matches the personality on the internet. As a result, I have seen numerous friends and colleagues try and game the system by changing their last name to their middle name (or something else all-together) on Facebook and other sites.

What we need to remember, is that this is a placebo solution. Changing your name doesn’t change what posted. It simply makes it more obvious you are trying to hide something. Aaron Irizarry (@aaroni) posted on Facebook this week:

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Willy Wonka & the 5 Client Types

There are countless posts describing the good clients and the bad clients, and while I don’t wan’t to be just another of those, I wish to share a conversation I had not too long ago describing clients in terms of the characters from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. We’ve all experienced some, if not all, of these client types and the personality quirks we face when working as consultants across domains and project types.

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Get Out of Your Cave

Get out of the office, your den, your cave, and go work in public. You’ll enjoy it.

This is hardly an epic realization and more a self reflection. I recently went ‘mobile’ again with a purchase of a 13″ MBP and I am no longer tied to my desktop at home. And there is something to be said about working out in the open.

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Why We Dread Jury Duty

This week I answered my summons for Jury Duty. This is the second time I have been called for Jury Duty and my first time in Philadelphia. This is not a civil service that comes lightly, and there is a great deal of responsibility to it. Yet that is not why everyone I know dreads getting that piece of mail. It means a day of waiting, removed from technology, not working, not communicating, and possibly being called to sit for more days in an actual jury. But is it truly Jury Duty that we dread or the entire experience around it?



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MovieBarCode, an Entire Film in a Single Frame

Back in freshman year in college I remember an exercise that was shared with us. While I can’t credit an individual person, the task suggested going out and buying a magazine, cutting down the spine, and laying the spreads on the floor or up on the wall. Look at the gestalt of the magazine and the overall colors and patterns used in a particular publication. Do this across a variety of publications and see what the themes are. Some magazines stress reds, others greens. How does that relate to the type of content? Which spreads have more negative space than others? While I no longer have my documentation of this process, I have found the latest incarnation of this task, MovieBarCode.tumblr.com.

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Picasso’s Blue Period of IxD Design

Artists’ are said to have different periods in their artwork where they investigate a specific theme, technique, or media. These are influenced by emotions, technology, and any of a dozen other internal and external influences. Typically these periods mark evolution of an artist’s talent and skill and a maturation of their perspective. So how might these artistic movements translate to design?

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Mint and Chase, When Our Financials Drop the Ball

Wednesday morning I woke to half a dozen blank, no subject emails from Mint.com. I was unsure how to treat them, being on my iPhone I did not know what type of content might be in the messages and if my technology would be compromised. Needless to say, I was also concerned about the security of my account information I have linked. It took me until I actively searched @mints twitter feed and to access a link they directed in another @reply to discover the messaging below. It wasn’t until Thursday evening that Mint sent me the apologetic email (after the jump). Despite it’s crafty wording and sharp personality, this was 36 hours after the event was noticed by me, and 36 hours too long.

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