I’m Alexys or as my sixth grade teacher liked to call me “Alexis with a Y.”
Denver, Colorado is my home where I live happily with my loving husband and our little dog named Latty (short for Latitude). I’d say I’m the typical Colorado gal, except I don’t ski or snowboard and complain every time my face is met with twenty degree wind— but I love to camp and the butterscotch smell of pines trees in Rocky.
My family moved to Colorado when I was ten, ending a decade of moving at the direction of the United States Military. My childhood wasn’t perfect, far from, but my family, especially my mom, providing loving soil for me and my brothers to grow into strong, independent humans. …
Engorged from consuming
the American Dream
My limbs smudge the floor
The paused world
forces a sofa refuge
A place for my identity to dissolve
and surround my soul
Covered by a blanket
threaded with molted stress
I feed on decomposing ingredients
of a prescribed life
The value of busyness is replaced
with a new found treasure:
Handsome wings grow
destined for meaningful adventures
once the world resumes
In response to the first issue ‘Starlight’s Glow’, for @Blue Insights Magazine
One design decision can negatively shift the public’s perception of your new product. A reality Amazon’s currently living.
Amazon recently announced Sidewalk, a shared network feature for Echo and Ring devices in the United States. It allows your neighbors to automatically share their home network with your Amazon devices and vise versa. Users benefit because Sidewalk simplifies new device setup, extends the low-bandwidth working range of devices, and helps devices stay online even if they are outside the range of their home WiFi.
But Sidewalk has one significant design flaw.
Amazon’s choice to use an opt-out consent model for Sidewalk caused a wave of negative press, which overshadowed its benefits and all other privacy and security design choices. …
Earth is dying one credit card transaction at a time. We’ve all read the articles, watched the documentaries — we know our consumption habits are killing dear Mother.
For decades, we’ve band-aided our planet’s wounds with recycling programs and slightly greener technologies. We need a better strategy like shifting to sustainable economy.
But will we have to sacrifice our privacy to save the planet?
Our current economy is (mostly) linear. We take goods from the earth to make products. We use the products for a while before disposing of them, creating pollution throughout the product lifecycle. …
A somber call turned light
The scan revealed a life changed,
her doctor doubtless.
Her tingling feet sway,
each step provoking demons.
Pleads flow to the Gods,
bartering with acts of treason.
The darkness holds a brush
painting the world gray.
Self-loss a constant torment,
the emotion she cannot convey.
Committed to recover joy,
she battled an internal war.
Light now shines brighter,
she lives a life to adore.
Thank you to Francine Fallara at Blue Insights for this cultural prompt: “Learning to tame your grays between the dark and the fake…”
A Minimalist’s Guide to Shopping for Your Minimalist Loved One
Minimalists ruin Christmas, birthdays, and every other gift-giving occasion. We block your love language by asking you to refrain from buying that scarf that screams our name at you when you pass it. We steal the magic of birthday wishes by underlining “no gifts” on the invitation.
At least, that’s the surface-level perception of a minimalist lifestyle.
The reality is minimalists love receiving gifts just as much as the next person. We have a different relationship with things than most people, which changes the gifts we’ll fully appreciate.
Thousands of perfect gifts already exist for your minimalist loved one. When shopping for minimalist this holiday season, remember these three words: consumables, experiences, and replacements. …
If you could be any animal, what would you choose? Five years ago, I’d answer a house cat. Embodying a cat would melt my stress away, allowing for lazy days basking in the sun beaming through my owner’s windows.
Now, I want to be a flatworm. (Yes, insects are animals).
My day-to-day would be weird, sure. But flatworms have pluripotent stem cells. These particular stem cells give flatworms regenerative abilities, allowing them to regrow any part of their body, even their heads. This power would change my life.
Instead of the scarred neurons littered throughout my brain and spinal cord, I would have a fully functional central nervous system. Nerves that send and receive appropriate messages, ones that feel normal sensations and remind me that sugar, not sriracha, goes into my Irish breakfast tea. …
As a UX professional, it’s your responsibility to meet your users’ privacy needs, values, and expectations when designing products that collect or process personal information. Privacy experts advocate that adhering to Privacy by Design (PbD) principles ensures your embedding privacy into the technology.
But as a designer, you need more than guiding concepts to consider when designing your product. You need a tool to quickly identify the users’ privacy and turn the PbD principles into specific features.
A Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is one tool that will help you operationalize Privacy by Design.
A PIA is a privacy risk assessment tool that guides teams to identify the privacy risks present in new technologies or uses of personal information to implement controls to mitigate risks to individuals. At a high level, it…
No one warned me that my doctorate would kidnap every ounce of my self-confidence and only return it to me once I successfully defended my dissertation. Your advisors warn you that it’s stressful and time-consuming, that you need to set expectations with your friends and family because they won’t see you much for years. But the emotional toll you’ll experience isn’t in your welcome packet.
By the time you make it to the dissertation phase, you’ve missed years of memories with your loved ones and added another $30K+ to your growing student loan debt. Your sacrifice was pointless unless you write an adequate dissertation manuscript by your deadline. Finding another publisher or self-publishing your manuscript aren’t options in this writing journey. …
Lawmakers are slowly trying to balance privacy rights with a company’s right to sell data. In California, lawmakers have granted their consumers the right to opt-out of the sale of their data under the California Consumer Protection Act.
The consumer’s right to opt-out is excellent in theory, but it’s flawed in practice because users have to contact each company they interact with and ask that they don’t sell their data. They have to visit the company website, find the Do Not Sell My Data Link, and follow the instructions to send their request.
Without automated tools, granting users these privacy rights creates a privacy self-management nightmare in practice. …