Emotional Design: Why we love (or hate) everyday things

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Reading List | No Comments

Emotional Design

The most recent book I’ve read was Donald A. Norman’s Emotional Design: Why we love (or hate) everyday things. Norman provides “evidence that aesthetically pleasing objects enable you to work better”.

When designing products, utility, usability, function and form are important considerations. In addition, all products contain visceral, behavioral, and reflective design components. These influence the emotions we “feel” towards products — whether we end up “loving” or “hating” them.

Visceral design is the aesthetics or “how something looks”. Often this is what first attracts someone to a product. Reactions can range from “wow”, “cool”, “beautiful” or even a negative “ugly”.

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Just One Look Artists’ Books Exhibit

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Art Around Us | No Comments

Image of Cupid and Psyche, by Mari Eckstein Gower

Cupid and Psyche by Mari Eckstein Gower of Redmond, Washington. Inspired by a work of the same name by Apulieus and suggested by Ashli Baker of Bucknell University.

Just One Look: an exhibition of contemporary book arts exploring the theme of Women and Vision

University of Washington is currently showing an exhibition of 32 new art books. Created by local and national artists, this exhibition was part of “Visions: Feminism and Classics VII,” a conference sponsored by the Women’s Classical Caucus, a part of the Society for Classical Studies.

A wide range of mediums were used to create these gorgeous books — including illustration, photography, paper and fiber artwork. In most cases, the artists used text that was suggested by UW faculty from UW Humanities areas.

This exhibition is beautiful and inspiring on many levels — artistically and socially. If you aspire to create books or love seeing beautiful work, visit this exhibition soon before it closes on July 29th.

The exhibit was co-curated by UW alumna Lauren Dudley with Sandra Kroupa, UW Libraries’ well-known book arts and rare book curator.

Just One Look
Now through July 29, 2016
University of Washington Libraries’ Special Collections department, in Allen Library
Learn more about Just One Look.

Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Reading List | No Comments

Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read

At the most recent Seattle WordPress Meetup, I won a door prize — this book, Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read by Scott McNulty.

The title of this book made me believe that this would be a book about creating more interesting and valuable content for WordPress Blogs. However, the real focus of this book is how to set up and manage a WordPress site. The book covers how to install WordPress; using the dashboard for basic site maintenance; creating blog posts and pages; using links, categories and tags; and working with plugins, widgets and themes.

Overall, Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read is a good introduction to WordPress. For someone who is starting their first WordPress blog/site and wants to become more familiar with the various features that WordPress offers, this would be a good book to start with. I know a few of my clients may want to read this book.