What’s the Deal With Citi Bikes?

My coworkers here at Catalyst joke that, if I were a persona, I’d be labeled the “loyal dissatisfied user.” In other words, I stick with services that disappoint me. I’ve found no greater way to exemplify the idea of the Loyal Dissatisfied User than my experience with Citi Bikes. A lot of people have been […]

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‘Pew’ Report on Teens and Social Media

Pew released a whole lotta data today about teen behavior regarding online privacy and social media. The study shows that teens today share more personal information online through social media than they did in 2006. Looking more deeply at social media privacy settings, it’s revealed that the majority (64%) of teens who use Twitter share […]

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UX Design Humor: “Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana”

To the Arrested Development marketing team:Don’t worry, I’ll watch the show. I was already going to watch it, even before you kicked your scheme into high gear. But, now that you’ve exhibited brilliance in design humor by putting “Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana” on Seamless (not to mention Tobias Funke’s audition reel), I promise you I […]

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Wise Words From David Foster Wallace

In a commencement speech delivered at Kenyon College in 2005, David Foster Wallace discussed some of the tip-top things we at Catalyst value: truth and mindfulness.  This video shares the audio from that speech, and pairs it with some motion graphics and nice footage. Overall, it’s a powerful, powerful piece that’s worthy of a replay (or […]

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Banter From a Facebook Beta Testee, Continued

In a recent post (“Banter From a Facebook Beta Testee”), I described an unfortunate situation in which Facebook asked if I would kindly pay a dollar to send a message to someone they said wasn’t my “friend.”  Naturally, I didn’t….  Then—as in, a few hours ago—I read that Facebook has charged people around $5 – […]

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The Research Methodology of ‘Family Feud’

As many of my Catalyte coworkers know, I love game shows—particularly Family Feud in our current-day Steve Harvey era. (Maybe “love” is too strong of a word. Maybe I should say “ironic love.”)  Semantics aside, one thing I really do like about the show is that it essentially presents research (you know, facts) in an […]

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Banter From a Facebook Beta Testee

Everyone might be talking about Facebook “Home”, but what everyone should be talking about is the ridic Facebook feature that some people (e.g., me) have been forced to experience. (I’m calling myself a testee and not a participant because I would definitely never choose to be a part of this. Ever.)  Let’s compare the heartwarming, ambiguous […]

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April Fool’s: The Internet Holiday

Is it just me, or did April Fool’s/Fools’ Day raise its stakes this year? Not only did I get “fooled” many times, but the “fooling” didn’t leave me with an “awe shucks” feeling—it kind of left me feeling paranoid that everything on the Internet was out to get me.  We could all probably hypothesize (except […]

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GIF: The Future of UIs

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5 Design Trend Takeaways From SXSW Interactive 2013

Conference programming and attendance are both great indicators of design and development trends. Now that I’ve traveled to a different time zone, experienced “spring forward,” traveled back to my native time zone, and managed to be alive the whole while, I can properly reflect on what SXSW Interactive 2013 programming and attendance says about the current […]

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