Design for Real Life
As more and more of our lives become represented online, and more and more of our lives are touched by digital creations, the need to design thoughtfully and compassionately is growing--and often woefully overlooked. You can’t always predict who will use your designs, or what emotional state they’ll be in when they do, but by refocusing to identify stress cases and design with compassion, you can create experiences that will support more of your users, more of the time, and avoid doing unintended harm.
About Eric Meyer
Eric A. Meyer (@meyerweb) has been a burger flipper, a college webmaster, an early blogger, one of the original CSS Samurai, a member of the CSS Working Group, a consultant and trainer, and a Standards Evangelist for Netscape. Currently, he is technical lead at Rebecca’s Gift and co-founded An Event Apart with Jeffrey Zeldman. Among other things, Eric wrote CSS: The Definitive Guide for O’Reilly, created the first official W3C test suite, and assisted in the creation of microformats. In 2006, he was inducted into the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for “international recognition on the topics of HTML and CSS” and helping to “inform excellence and efficiency on the Web.”
Eric lives with his family in Cleveland, Ohio, which is a much nicer city than you’ve been led to believe. He’s a staunch defender of the Oxford comma, the hard G in “GIF”, and the right of everyone everywhere to follow a sentence with however many spaces they deem proper. He enjoys a good meal whenever he can and considers almost every form of music to be worthwhile.
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