People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Monthly Archives: December 2012

Top Posts of 2012

Ball 5To wrap up the year, here are our top 5 posts of 2012:

  1. Accessibility – Stair Ramps
  2. E-Portfolios: Webinar Recap, Tools, and Resources
  3. 15 Free Ebooks about User Experience and Interface Design
  4. DIY Usability & User Experience Workshop at METRO
  5. Is Your Library People-Focused?

Holiday Gift Idea

Congratulations, you survived the December 21, 2012 Apocalypse!


To celebrate life and the upcoming holiday, we’ve been thinking about what we want this year.

A giant Connect Four.

Connect Four

Photo taken at Farmingdale Public Library, October 2012.

Aeroflot In-Flight Entertainment

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As a frequent domestic and international flyer I have come to loath airline services.  American companies have the audacity to charge its customers for everything (luggage, headphones, food etc) while providing us with nothing but a ride we’ve paid a substantial amount for.

However, while customer service has gone down, in-flight entertainment has shown vast improvements.

On a recent flight to Moscow, Aeroflot (reputedly having the worst customer service) had great individualized entertainment systems on each seat console. Customers can detach the remote control from the seat in front the them.  One side acts as the tv control while the other side acts as the game controller.

Although I loved this system, the older gentlemen next to me spent the entire 12 hour flight confusedly attempting to turn his tv on.  Perhaps a redesign is needed to make the system universally usable.

The New LinkedIn Profile

You may have heard that there is a new LinkedIn profile rolling out.  Eventually all LinkedIn members will get the new profile. I just got my new LinkedIn profile yesterday (see screenshot).

New LinkedIn Profile

As you may know, Sandra and I are big fans of LinkedIn, but I’m not sure how I feel about the recent LinkedIn change. I like that the new LinkedIn profile is more visual with icons for the various headings/categories (experience, courses, education, publications, etc.) and you can now add links under your job positions, education and a few other sections, but along with this release of the new profile, LinkedIn has streamlined their app offerings, which means apps like SlideShare presentations and WordPress, will no longer be supported. Apps like SlideShare and WordPress are how I share my presentation slides and blog posts with my LinkedIn network.

What do you guys think of the new LinkedIn profile?

EDIT (12/12/12): It seems like my SlideShare presentations are now a part of my professional gallery in the Summary section, so it’s not entirely gone, but what if I upload a new presentation to Slideshare, will it display in the gallery? Also, I’ve activated my LinkedIn profile with WordPress’ Publicize, so WordPress blog posts now show up as status updates, but not also in an app like before.

EDIT (12/14/12): I just noticed my Amazon reading list is not displayed. I’ve made connections with people who have a mutual interest in particular book titles. I’m wondering if it’s gone for good. I miss the apps.

The Smallest Library in the World

Once upon a time, a librarian princess was wandering lost in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Just when she had given up all hope of ever finding the library, she stumbled upon the smallest library in the world.

Located on the corner of Leonard and Withers, the Corner Library is open 24 hours with a lock code, which you can get from the project developer.