How Responsive Web Design Works

It’s no secret that more and more people are accessing the internet using their mobile devices in addition to or in place of desktop computers. In fact, there are almost 7 billion mobile users worldwide. (For reference, the world population is currently 7.7 billion. That’s a lot of mobile activity.) But what they’re doing on […]

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Bulletins vs bulletin boards

[Here’s a simple communications hack for small teams and organizations:] When times are changing and you’re adjusting on the fly, it’s tempting to send another alert. The rules at the farmer’s market, the latest schedule for a changing event, the status of a server… When I was growing up in Buffalo, they used to announce […]

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The semiotics of face masks

It’s difficult to get adults to wear bicycle helmets. (I wrote about this on the blog 16 years ago). The reason has nothing to do with comfort or safety. It has to do with signals. Semiotics is the science of flags, signals and other communications. It studies the very human act of judging something (or […]

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The conversation

A short manifesto about the future of online interaction [Feel free to share.] The world is changing. Faster and more suddenly than most of us expected. And beyond the fraught health emergencies that so many are going through, many of us are being asked to quickly move our meetings and our classes online. Fortunately, there […]

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Thoughts on a virus

I’ve been studying digital media “viruses” for more than 20 years, and much of what we have discovered about them comes from the analogy to epidemiology and the behavior of real viruses. Here are some ideas that might be relevant as we come to grips with a slowly unfolding tragedy, and help us with our […]

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