I was just trying to have a chill ride back home on a friday evening after work. I wasn’t prepared for the tears that filled my eyes after picking up a JCrew magazine I saw lying on one of the tube carriage seats. I really like fashion and beautiful clothing but certainly, certainly not such blatant display of horror. The ONLY lady not white in this entire magazine had her head cut off. NO other model had this done to her. I’m sorry but what message is this supposed to send to someone like me. I mean, look at the spread, it looks like those girls behind are making jest of the decapitated model.
Ethics? where are ethics in design? I tweeted about this and one of those I follow on twitter, a design teacher in New York, told me “unfortunately, that is standard procedure. #Advertising #BusinessAsUsual” and I’m left wondering, standard procedure for whom? The conversation continued; “To advertising” he said “Having a ‘splash of color’ is enough to add the cool edge to appeal to their core demographic.” Things like this make want to run back to Nigeria, where largely we are protected from such nonsense. On Ethics he goes, “its so hard to see positive change when money takes priority over ethics.” Sad just sad. ”the subtleties bug me the most” he continued, showing me an example: Fat Girls! Abercrombie & Fitch Doesn’t Want Your Business bit.ly/12jDOSe
What Do We Do Then?
I don’t have any power against such corporations still, I can talk about it and draw attention to such issues. None of these things happen in isolation and they add to the circle of debris that continues being flung at us and then asked to allow settle which then become the norm. I asked this teacher, what we can do. “Media literacy for current consumers & future adv/media/merchandising executives could make a difference in the long run” “ I try to get my students to understand why things are marketed to them in a certain way. symbolisms, trends and expectations”
Education. If my post educates just one person, I would be grateful. I really do fear for my unborn kids.
Yes I am disgusted, like their model shows. Very disgusted. I hope I see change in my lifetime.
There are two things I never feel guilty about buying; Books and Food. That I love to read is possibly an understatement. Reading is both an end and a means to an end for me.
How do I read?
I buy books I can hold, that I can smell… Also, a number of times when I can’t sleep Amazon one-click has been my crack. I have e-books on my Kindle for iPad dying to be read.
Electronically, I have been reading with Wattpad, Blogger and the likes. Been a member of Goodreads for over 3years now, I have a 100 books per year challenge I’m trying to accomplish. Still unsatisfied. I want to be able, in an app, to buy books, to read them, quote, make highlights of them and share them, talk about what I’ve reading, find people who have read the same thing and perhaps arrange a meetup! Tried to work on an app once >> Book.Us which had most of these features but we only had two days together.
At the moment, I have to navigate Amazon, Kindle, Twitter, Goodreads and most recently Dot Dot Dot!
I am loving this app, and I’m reading quite a lot on it. I read on the web and I also have the app on iPad. I’m not restricted to books like on the Kindle and I can share my highlights. It is still new and has loads of quirks but I love how the timeline shows what people are reading and you get to discover quite a lot. I’m currently putting together some feedback for the team, so they make our experience better.
You should try Dot Dot Dot now! Enjoy.
A lot of people take photographs, and now thanks to great camera specs on phones everyone seems to be a photographer with photos all over the place but I really have never seen any like this. The photos give me such a delight and much more unexplainable. He studied engineering like I did, before falling in love with this.
Paul Sika is a not a photographer. This is what separates the art from utility. Look at the pictures for yourself.
In 2009 he was awarded a Chinua Achebe Center Fellowship. I love that his subjects so far draw a lot from Africa and ‘African-ness’
He has been featured on CNN, the BBC and New York Times
Paul has a book out called ‘At The Heart of Me’ which I think you really should get.
Sometime ago in 2011 (how time flieth) I wrote a post about getting stuff delivered to you FAST. I am so glad to say that my ‘dream’ has come to pass now.
The service is based in London at the moment and will be expanding postcode by postcode. One of my team mates is a bit skeptical about how the company will be able to deliver in the advertised timeframes. I think it is not something to worry about now until I actually try the service. After all my gushing on Twitter, I was presented with a £10 voucher which I will certainly be using as soon as they start delivering to my postcode!
Long Live Fast Deliveries, Long Live apps that change your life for the better!
My iPad is loaded with up to 90 apps, which give me info, that frankly I can live without. None enable me to really do anything..better. I guess I am not as elec-tech driven as I fancied myself to be.
This app helps me stay organized, keeps me sane on a crazy day. I can’t speak of how it calms me down enough. Sketching, Writing, Organizing, Messaging, Calculating…ah I couldn’t live without it.
Here’s to Pen and Paper. May you live long!
How to run an effective workshop
and stop people from cursing you out for holding them hostage
I’ve been privileged to attend, co-host and run UX workshops in the past couple of years, and I’ve noticed a number of interesting things. People have stuff to do, and time is a limited resource. The only people who like meetings are usually those who have no work to do any way. Sometimes they spend their whole day setting up and attending meetings to set up meetings. If you have to use someone’s time, don’t make a mockery of it. You can waste your time with no repercussion, but if you waste another’s they might never forgive you.
Most workshops are 1hr + and that is a lot of time. There are a few things you can do, watch out for, while trying to run a workshop.
Prepare Prepare Prepare – Seems like an obvious thing to do, but many have fallen foul of this and then they realize time goes by, fast. Let the space you are going to use be ready and set up one hour before the set time. If that isn’t possible, get ready anyway and get help if alone. You need to be calm, and exude some confidence in what you are going to do. Nobody wants to be at the mercy of a disorientated, bumbling person. At the very least, make the point of the workshop as clear as possible.
Let There Be Food – I assure you, they won’t get distracted. There’s a higher chance of distraction if they are sat attempting to listen to you and wondering about Tikka Masala or Goat Curry. Water, biscuits, try a variety of things, not everyone loves Jaffa cakes or Haribo. Let it convey an atmosphere of concern and care. People will respect you for haven thought of them and it’s more likely they listen to you. Don’t take so much food that it turns into a “Work-Chop!” Chop is a Nigerian-Pidgin word for eat.
Involve Involve Involve – No workshop should be run without including activities for your participants. They can’t spend a whole hour listening to you without boredom setting in. I have realized that bored is a sign of two things, 1. You need to sleep 2. You need to be actively Do-ing something. And except it is a sleep workshop, number 2, will be your best bet. Given this is a UX workshop, get people sketching, writing down ideas, sorting cards e.t.c. There should be no thought for a nap.
Finish Well – People usually spend a lot of time doing the above but they forget that the conclusion of the matter is also a big deal. After all, it is the last impression people will take with them as they leave your presence. You don’t want people sighing with relief. You want to leave them excited, upbeat about what comes next. Since we cannot please all the people all the time. Those who haven’t been impressed with the red velvet cupcakes or a bout of card sorting, could still take a golden nugget with them, if you can nail this last bit. Get people’s feedback as part of the workshop. Let them tell you want they have done, and how it makes sense to them, there and in their work/life. Much better when it’s a Value-Added Workshop – VAW
And you are done, now go on and be great.