A Christian talk radio show in America frequently broadcasts an advertisement for a product. In this ad, a young lady explains her take on Scripture: "The Bible was written a long time ago, and there wasn’t a lot of knowledge back then. I think that if you read between the lines, it kinda contradicts itself." The show’s host replies, "Oh no, it doesn’t!" but nevertheless her view is a common view among many people.
Some years ago, I was participating in an Internet forum discussion on this topic. Another participant kept insisting that the Bible couldn’t be true because it contradicts itself. Eventually, I challenged him to post two or three contradictions, and I would answer them for him. He posted over 40 alleged contradictions. I spent four hours researching each one of those points and then posted a reply to every single one. Within 30 seconds, he had replied that my answers were nonsense. Obviously, he had not read my answers. He was not interested in the answers. He already had an a priori commitment to believing the Bible was false and full of contradictions. It is instructive to note that after a quick Google search, I discovered that his list of supposed Bible contradictions had been copied and pasted directly from a website.
I went to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee to test my new D5000s capabilities. A trip to the Smokies is always refreshing and provides an opportunity to shoot a variety of picture styles.
My trip to the mountains was different than other times because I had an added dimension to my photographyvideo capture. I was shooting in the Tremont and Greenbrier areas of the Smokies where there are many waterfalls and streams. After I shot several excellent still image scenics, I turned on the D-Movie mode in the High-definition (HD) setting and captured some 3-minute segments of the Little Pigeon River flowing down from the ancient mountains.
It was a simple matter of walking upstream, searching for some scenic spots, and making a short movie of each place. Later, at home, it was time to look at my still images and watch my videos. I turned the sound up on my computer and eagerly began viewing the show. The rushing sound of a river filled the room. It was simply marvelous. Ive always enjoyed photography and bringing home the pictures, but this was different. I felt more like I was bringing home a piece of the mountains when I saw the HD video and heard the sound. It was almost like being there. This winter, Ill be sitting at my computer watching all my D-Movies, waiting for the spring thaw to start all over again.
This book is almost entirely about the look and behavior of applications, web apps, and
interactive devices. But this first chapter is the exception to the rule. No screenshots here;
no layouts, no navigation, no diagrams, no visuals at all.
Why not? After all, thats probably why you picked up the book in the first place.
Its because good interface design doesnt start with pictures. It starts with an
understanding of people: what theyre like, why they use a given piece of software, and how
they might interact with it. The more you know about them, and the more you empathize with
them, the more effectively you can design for them. Software, after all, is merely a means to
an end for the people who use it. The better you satisfy those ends, the happier those users
Each time someone uses an application, or any digital product, he carries on a
conversation with the machine. It may be literal, as with a command line or phone menu, or
tacit, like the conversation an artist has with her paints and canvasthe give and take
between the craftsperson and the thing being built. With social software, it may even be a
conversation by proxy. Whatever the case, the user interface mediates that conversation,
helping users achieve whatever ends they had in mind.
Every successful organisation has a purpose. The purpose of an organisation creates its value, and to that extent the purpose is sacred. To add any other programme into the mix, it must support that purpose, or else be of limited success. Many diversity programmes to date have been either detached from the purpose, and have therefore failed, or have been ‘on message’ but of such indeterminable added value that they are emasculated.
Let’s define terms. What do Diversity and Inclusion really mean? To date, there has been either a superficial understanding, and subsequently a superficial response, or an overly academic approach too removed from fast-changing real-world realities. To come up with a different approach, it is first necessary to go back to basics.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word ‘diversity’ originates from the Middle English and Old French diversite, or from the Latin diversitas. In the singular, it simply means a ‘range of different things’. The example they give is ‘newspapers were obliged to allow a diversity of views to be printed’. In Old French, diversity also had the distinct honour of meaning ‘repugnant’, which is how some people still view it.