When we think of ‘play’, our thoughts tend to go toward children and being carefree. Playing is for everyone, though, of all ages and can help us do our finest work. A recent virtual conference I attended, FITC’s Spotlight:UX, had a large focus on learning. It covered ways to foster your creativity and develop new ideas, which can be applied to more than just UX.Read more
Are we done yet?
2020 is a hard year to put behind us. Political division, a deadly global outbreak, economic roller coasters, and racial unrest remain top of mind as we round out January 2021.
BADCamp 2020 gave me a virtual stage to share stories and insights from my life as an activist, along with insights I think could benefit anyone working in a team. I dedicated years of my life to causes that matter to me. When I transitioned into working for a Drupal web development agency as a project manager, I thought I would be starting from scratch. I was wrong.Read more
Occasionally, you meet people in life that you just can’t wait to show off to your friends. Not to brag (too much), but that’s our team. Work relationships can feel like a random puzzle of personalities locking away chemistry and collective intelligence. But when you have quality people, the randomness is a feature not a bug. We’re privileged to share our work lives with folks so varied and inviting. We’re bonded by an expertise and love for our craft and by a desire for that craft to be in service to others.Read more
Do you feel distracted by a suite of automated tools, pages of report data, and feedback on work that was designed and developed weeks and weeks ago? If your antidote achieves #WCAG 2.1 AA conformance, you may be leaving more people behind than you think.
Accessibility and digital inclusion can be easier.
Authentic digital inclusion means ensuring that every end-user can actually use a digital asset as designed and intended. Let’s start there.Read more
For one of our wonderful clients transforming education, this moment was the stuff of nightmares. Gateway Public Schools scheduled their annual community-building family fundraiser for Saturday, March 14, two days before the Bay Area officially began sheltering in place due to the spread of COVID. So, theirs became one of the first of many nonprofit galas and fundraising events that would need to move online.Read more
George Floyd’s murder has deservedly sparked the flame of social unrest. Rodney King, Oscar Grant, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless more cases known and unknown continue to highlight the systemic and institutional racism that American capitalism depends upon.
Our very participation in the systems that breed oppression make us complicit. Society must change. Lives are at stake.Read more
Working from home (aka telecommuting) can be great for productivity and employee happiness. But not everyone is used to it – or prepared to do it (and many have been forced to recently because of COVID-19). At Kalamuna, we work on a distributed team, which means that most of us already work from home – and some of us are also used to setting up temporary workstations while travelling. It’s not always easy (or ideal), but a few small adjustments can make a big difference. Here are some of our team’s top tips for working effectively from the homefront.Read more