This week’s group chat was inspired by a question I posed to my instructor on a freelance project I was working on. The client was very specific on what font they wanted used on the project. However, when I looked for the font, I realized that it wasn’t available on any of the free directories like Google Fonts. It would have to be purchased. In the end, I was able to find a similar, free font that the client liked. This experience led to this week’s discussion on Font Infringement and Copyright on Images.
Do you have a home office? A desk in the corner of your living room? A TV tray for your laptop? Maybe you’re a digital nomad with your office being any coffee shop you see fit that day? What’s your ideal work situation?
This past Thursday, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality which reclassified broadband to a common carrier under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This was a win for large businesses and as many are calling it, a loss for free speech and equality to access of information.
So what does this decision mean?
Many believe this decision will lead to ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ lanes of the Internet. This decision gives the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like AT&T and Cox all the power. They can raise and lower prices as they see fit. Much like how your cable bill works (some of you may not remember cable because you ‘cut the cord’ years ago in anger over all the charges for services you didn’t want or need), ISPs can put high demand services in a different cost package than other sites you may need (think movie channels like HBO and STARZ cost more). You want access to Facebook, Google, Netflix, etc. So does everyone else. Well, the ISPs can determine the price you’re willing to pay for fast access to these sites. Desperate to read the latest installment on that indie web comic you just discovered? Well, that’s not in such high demand so you’ll have to pay a hefty fee to get access to the more general, low demand web with the same great connection you have now. Your indie web comic would be deemed in the ‘slow lane’ while the high demand, ready to pay to keep themselves on top sites like Facebook and Amazon would be considered ‘fast lane’.
Who will be hit the hardest?
Tough to say. NPR had a great story on how education will be impacted by this decision. Schools rely heavily on access to free resources online. This is especially important to schools in lower socio-economic situations who don’t have the financial resources to spend.
And who’s the winner in this decision?
It looks like the ISPs and big business to me. Companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon are not going to suffer much from this decision. Why? Because they can afford to pay for their services to be readily available to the masses. I doubt anyone will have to suffer a slow internet speed or horrible connection when they access their Facebook page or when they try to buy something off Amazon.
Now what about those startups and small businesses online who don’t have the capital to ensure their connection speeds? I’ve read that sites like Etsy will suffer greatly from this repeal. Think of your local businesses with online stores. Will this help of hurt them?
I’ve read a lot of different articles on this topic and to be completely honest, I have yet to hear an argument in support of the repeal that makes sense to me. I could be missing something, but I just don’t see the benefit of rolling back net neutrality. We all know the Internet is far from perfect. But is this really the direction we want to go? What does the future hold for the Internet now that net neutrality is gone? There is talk of moving the fight to Congress, but I don’t see it changing anytime soon.
For further reading, check out some of these articles:
Activity: UX Design with Susan Simkins from Big Wing Media
Description of Activity: Donuts and Demo Presentation
Date(s) of Activity (also include times): October 14, 2017 @ 10am
- Why did you select this activity? I am very interested in the field of UX Design.
- Would you recommend this activity for other students? Why or why not? I thought this was a fascinating talk, not just about UX but about the changing concepts within the tech field. Careers are constantly changing and evolving as new expectations and demands are being made.
- What did you like best about this activity? I enjoyed learning about the different resources to check out if one is interested in pursuing a career in this field. And learning about Atomic Design which was a great new discovery for me!
- What did you like least about this activity? How would you make the activity better? I thought it was a great presentation! I would have liked if it lasted longer with more explanation of the day-to-day.
- What is a creative idea/concept you can take away from this experience and possibly implement into your work? I plan on going through all the resources she listed and delving deeper into UX. It’s such a new and evolving field that I can’t wait to see what happens next, especially in OKC!
UX Team of One by Leah Buley
Just Enough Research by Erika Hall
Observing the User Experience
Interaction Design Foundation
YouTube (Research sources)
This week’s group chat was all about the importance of website security all due to the WiFi hacks that were announced last Monday. For more information on “Black Monday” and how your WiFi devices are at risk, check out this informative article.
This week’s group chat was all about resources to test websites. Seeing as I’m still a newbie to all this, I didn’t have much to contribute. However, I learned a lot from my fellow classmates! Without further ado, here are my top tools to use when testing a website:
This week, we discussed several articles on space in design. The article I connected with the most was Space in Design Systems by Nathan Curtis on Medium
There is a line drawn in the sand (or maybe code) between designers and developers. It’s often argued about but never directly discussed. SPACE! So much rage, frustration, and confusion is encapsilated by a single concept. You know what I’m talking about. But maybe there is a solution!
Space epitomizes the ‘I design this way, you build that way’ gap between design and dev. – Nathan Curtis
This week I’ve been learning all about Accessibility and the User Experience. I gotta say, after learning about what User Experience Designers do, I’m fascinated and actively researching the field! So much goes into the User Experience than just the look of the webpage. I had no idea!