found_drama’s interface critique of GoodReads

Rob Friesel has a lengthy and thoughtful look at GoodReads, complete with wireframe sketches and in-depth interaction scenarios. You know you’re doing something right when you have users that give you feedback like this. Here’s hoping they put his suggestions to good use.

Traffic flow and community development

Most of the major streets leading into and out of in my neighborhood are one-way – a fact that appears to run counter to the city’s revitalization efforts in the area. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of businesses come and go, just within a block or so of us. There have [...]

Watch a building get demolished

Steve, Wes and I were walking over to the library today for a meeting, when we started seeing a lot of dust. With all the construction going on around campus, we might not have thought anything of it – except that there was a certain building nearby which had been boarded up and scheduled for [...]

Liminal Engagement

Next time you are on Church Street in downtown Burlington, be sure to swing by the Firehouse Gallery and check out the latest installation. I’ve been peeking in the windows at this one for a while now. We finally got a chance to check it out when we were next door at the farmers market [...]

Community art, just around the corner

Walking home this evening, we were pleasantly surprised by a new set of murals hanging on the fence up the street from our house. The big green fence that sits on the corner of North and North Union is now covered almost entirely with art signed by local youth organizations. Below is one of my [...]

Five bucks an hour

Did you know that the federal minimum wage is still only $5.15 an hour? Could you live on that? Better yet, could you support a family on that? The UVM Student Labor Action Project has again set up a Tent City to raise awareness and send a message to UVM to “pay a livable wage [...]

Dark streets

We were walking home from dinner the other night (or was it a few weeks ago?), and as we were about to cross Grant street, we noticed that something was amiss. Ah, that was it, the street was eerily dark: That’s right, no streetlights or anything. Creepy. Here’s a shot of what the street loks [...]