Women's March Philadelphia

The Resistance Will Be Commodified

It’s nearly official: the Women’s Marches were the largest one-day protest in U.S. history. A politics professor estimates in his open spreadsheet that more than 3.3 million people – one out of every 100 Americans – marched in every state, while more than 450,000 filled the nation’s capital. Protesters marched more than 6 million miles; that distance on a treadmill motor turbine would have powered 35 city blocks for a month. In addition,…

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A Democratic delegate uses a smartphone at the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, 28 July 2016

UX/IA Election 2016: Hillary Clinton’s Initiatives Need More UX

Hillary Clinton closed down Philadelphia’s colorful convention last night with a memorable speech appealing to desires for a promising future very much unlike the past. Her acceptance, slightly shorter than Donald Trump’s speech a week ago, was more emotional than the fact-laden lessons her policy-driven style has produced, but it did include several proposals that will require wonks, champions, and laborers. They will also need more thinking about user experience….

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A vendor sells the remaining merchandise at the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia, 27 July 2016

UX/IA Election 2016: A Perceptual Map of Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy

The mood was more triumphal in the third day of the Democratic National Convention, mostly because people left if they were having a bad time. After Sen. Bernie Sanders officially ended his campaign by suspending the roll call, many delegates walked out – or sat in – in protest, paving the way for a unilateral pageant to celebrate Sec. Hillary Clinton’s victory. Caucuses at the convention center, five miles north…

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A protester holds the name of a police violence victim during a Black Lives Matter march in South Philadelphia, 26 July 2016

UX/IA Election 2016: Workshopping “Black Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter”

When Lucia McBath, the mother of a 17-year-old African-American boy killed by gunfire for playing music too loud, told the Democratic National Convention yesterday that “Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say black lives matter,” many of the delegates applauded. Many grumbled. Most seemed confused. If you are also confused, you are not alone. What does “black lives matter” mean? What is it to be progressive, racist, ignorant, or revolutionary? These…

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Sanders Stein

UX/IA Election 2016: Bernie and Jill

This series explores the digital assets of candidates in the 2016 U.S. election. After exploring Ms. Clinton’s and Mr. Trump’s websites and main menus, we move on to Bernie Sanders, who just concluded his Democratic campaign by endorsing Ms. Clinton, and Jill Stein, the experienced candidate of the Green Party.   Bernie Sanders: Mr. Sanders, who would prefer to go as “Bernie,” cuts a personal image with his first menu…

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