I’m thrilled to say that I will be speaking at the Society for News Design’s conference in a few months. I’ll discuss how I approached adapting the design process for a voice-based interface, inspired by this case study I wrote last year for Vox Media's product blog. SND interviewed me for their website, and I figured I’d repost it here. Enjoy!
We got a phone call on the evening of June 20 letting us know that Ezra Klein had landed a 40-minute interview with Hillary Clinton. We took a deep breath and set a publish date two and a half weeks later. This article is a peek at what went into this editorial/product collaboration and what we learned.
As journalists, advertisers, producers, and creators, content is at our core at Vox Media. And we want to ensure that everyone—regardless of ability, situation, or context—can access it. Last week, six of our team members gathered in Washington, D.C., for two days to try and achieve just that.
I am thrilled that my iOS outlining app for writers has been accepted onto the App Store! For those who need a refresher, Leder is a highlighting and outlining tool that helps writers organize and edit text on the go. I researched, designed, and developed Leder myself as part of my master's degree in creative digital media.
Coding is the new literacy. It's easy. Everyone's learning it. Everyone should learn it.
We've heard those refrains before. The truth is, programming is difficult.
Not the act of it itself, at least for quick and dirty front-end effects. In fact, I found programming to be quite logical and straightforward. What made me want to pull my hair out was everything before and after writing code—like how to set up my environment, where to start a project, and which tools, languages, and frameworks I should devote my time to learning. I spent—and still spend—hours trying to figure out how to do simple stuff. Many other beginners feel similarly.
In my last post, I mentioned that I’m starting this blog in part because existing online materials cater to either total beginners or accomplished programmers. Here are four reasons why learning to code is difficult—and none of them involve the actual act of writing.