Productivity

Charts are a Nightmare

I have been complaining a lot about UX lately, but I have all the reason for this one. Whenever I see graphical representation of any data, I feel disappointed. The reason: Color Blindness. 8% of people in the world have a type of color blindness[1], which gives you a statistic like this as of 2017: Around 280 million internet users out of 3.5 billion are suffering from color blindness worldwide. This is a huge number, yet it is very uncommon to see graphical content or charts that are…

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The Wrong Minimalism - Contrast Rates

As the technology and usage of the internet is evolving around our daily lives, web sites' main purpose also shifts considerably from "what" you are representing to "how" instead. Importance of User Experience is now significant, which usually determines users' bounce rate and the total amount they spend on a website. If a content is presented in a slick, minimalist design and smooth colors, we tend have a positive feeling about it. Then comes the quality of the content. In an era like this I find…

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Moving From Being Efficient to Effective

I have been reading one of the most popular books in this decade recently - Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He is a great author passing on his thoughts in very solid and reasonable explanations. One should read this book not as a novel or fiction, but very slowly, by digesting every section and not moving on to the next chapter until he or she is confident that the habit is persistent after practicing it for a while. I am working on Habit 3 - Put First…

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Experiencing Speed Reading

Does speed reading work? That has been the question I have been wondering for a while now, and after doing some research on techniques that people use, I came up with a basic understanding of it and have been practicing on a daily basis lately. Short answer is: yes, it usually works. It is quite amazing to see it actually working and although it has its limitations, I still think that it is a must-have skill. Basically it is about not reading each word in a text but rather skimming…

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Spam Reading

I am receiving around 25 emails in my personal inbox and 30 spam emails every single day, and probably more than a hundred in my work email - half of them I only read the subject. It's pretty easy to get lost in vast amounts of spam messages each day, yet we usually don't. This is the side effect of easy access to data and information, where email servers usually take care of the biggest part of the problem behind the scenes, without us even noticing, by developing filtering algorithms.…

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