Being Bitten By Bytes: You May Have an Image Issue

Collective nouns are single words for a group of things and I love them all (except for “guys”—that’s a bad one). I especially enjoy animal group names. Get three or more bears together, and it’s known as a sleuth. Same with a pride of lions, a bale of turtles, or a romp of otters. Bird collectives have the best names: a murder of crows, a chain of bobolinks, a deceit of lapwings.

Group terminology goes further than animals. A collective of houses could be a town. Words group together to form sentences. And a website is nothing more that a collective of files. A pile of files.
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Mobile vs. Desktop: Focus on What Matters

I love all the talk and web strategy around the mobile web. Web professionals are making deliberate efforts to ensure that websites and web services are lightweight, accessible, cunningly planned to be fast and immediate, and generally mobile ready / mobile first / mobile mobile.

Still, I find myself getting more and more riled when I hear conversations around designing and developing for the mobile web. People really seem to focus on what a mobile user wants when compared to a desktop user. It’s partly because I am a cardiganed, word-loving, old fusspot, but I truly feel that the term “mobile” is distracting us from delivering our best work. And by “us” I mean Americans, because we don’t call our cellphones “mobiles.” When someone from the US talks about the mobile web user, we call forth someone in motion, ranging around the world actively, and likely running into bears.

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What 2016 Could Be: A Sweeping Vertical Vision for Our Screens

Now that we find ourselves in a new year, many of us are looking back on what was and expressing aspirations for what could be, hoping this year to be better. And while it’s good to focus on realistic hopes for 2016, I’d prefer to dive into a totally unrealistic hope I have for all of us.

I wish that we would all position our computer monitors vertically by default.

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