People Interact

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

Monthly Archives: August 2013

Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career

As contributors, we’re excited to share the news.

Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career

The book “Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career” is coming out in September.

Prevent Brain Drain this Summer


Now that summer is in full swing brain drain is inevitable. However, combat gray matter leakage with Lumosity. Lumosity exercises are designed by neuroscientists to improve core cognitive functions.

While initially marketed towards retirees and the older set, I’ve been using Lumosity since January and have found noticeable improvements.

Through a variety of games, Lumosity personalizes your training program to target your goals.

Give it a try and tell us how it went.

Any Songza to Fit the Mood


If you are lazy like me and think that Pandora internet radio requires too much work then check out Songza. Songza is a free music streaming and recommendation service that curates playlists for you. Its playlists are made by “music experts” that recommends various playlists based on time of day and mood or activity. Songza offers playlists for activities such as waking up, drinking gourmet coffee, hosting a sexy pool party and even saving the world. Songza is the ultimate music concierge.

Take a Book, Leave a Book: 8th Street Book Exchange

book exchange

8th Street and 8th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NYC

Recently, I was on my way from one library to another and came across another kind of library – the 8th Street Book Exchange.

Have you seen similar book exchanges in your neighborhoods? Do you use them?

Monthly Method Spotlight: Card Sort


card-sortWhat: Card Sort/Card Sorting

When/why: This low-tech method is a way to get feedback from your target audience/users for designing the information architecture (i.e. navigation menus, drop-down categories, etc.) of an interface (i.e. website, online form, etc.).

How: Example scenario – You would like to create a community directory of resources and services. There are many categories and possibly subcategories (i.e. education, job help, small business, health, etc.) that you need to organize. Have users/participants write down the concepts on post-it notes and index cards and arrange/organize them in ways that make sense to them.

Tips: Take pictures of participants’ card sorts for analysis.

Interested in using/applying these methods in your work? Contact us for more info.