Diversity & Exclusion

A remote conference on design and exclusion, today, April 21st, at 16.00 UTC

Exclusion can be driven by conscious hatred. But we sometimes also fuel it with our own ignorance. Designers may not be able to address the former, but the latter opens up multiple directions for change.

To explore these opportunities, we’re gathering design and technology leaders whose expertise spans industry, startups, nonprofits, and research labs. We’ll convene here online on April 21 to discuss how the design of technology platforms excludes people. By focusing on exclusion, we want to push ourselves to think differently — and together — about building more welcoming and inclusive products.

Participation is free at x.design.blog

Get.blog Goes Open Source

Developer Resources

We’re happy to announce that we’ve open-sourced two projects last week: Delphin and its sibling, Delphin Bootstrap. Delphin powers get.blog, a site we built for a smooth registration of .blog domains. Delphin Bootstrap is a portable development environment for Delphin — it makes getting Delphin up and running easy on any operating system.

One of Delphin’s main goals was to simplify the process of registering and managing a domain. We’ve focused on the user experience, trying to avoid as much industry jargon as possible, while keeping in mind that purchasing a domain is just the first step in the journey toward a larger goal, like telling a story or selling products.

Delphin is a web application that uses parts of the WordPress.com API, as well as a few more specific endpoints built on the new WordPress REST API. Like Calypso — the WordPress.com front end — it…

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Burgr

I couldn’t come to Vegas and not try Burgr by Gordon Ramsay.

Overall, I’m happy we went, the burgers are delicious and the prices reasonable.

It doesn’t beat the best, but easily lands in my top five of all times. The main downside is that a great burger has to pack all his qualities  into a format small enough to wrap, take away, and eat with one hand.

Being  served on a plate is a red flag in my book. Special mention to the bun though, really good.

On carry-on bags

I know quite a few travelers who always travel with a carry-on bag, and I see even more during my trips.

Whether the purpose is to save time at departure or arrival by not having to check-in and wait at the baggage claim, or to fight the fear of losing your stuff, you should know that this is not free; it comes at a cost, and that cost is my time (and the time of everyone else who did check a bag).

By bringing all your stuff with you, you slow down the security checks, slow down boarding procedures, and slow down everyone when leaving the plane.

On today’s planes where as many passengers as possible are squeezed, it’s obviously impossible for everyone to carry their bag.

As a  result, those who do are saving time at the expense of those who don’t. 

Airlines should charge for carry-ons, not for checked-in luggage.