axbom.blog on coaching, design and ethics

My opinion pieces, articles, diary entries and rants on everything digital and humanitarian.

Subscribing to newsletters the mindful way

Dec 9, 2019
There are some really good newsletters out there. But newsletters also have a way of cluttering your inbox, or grabbing your attention at the wrong time. And having it slide ever lower down your inbox can make you forget about…

Tech addiction

Dec 6, 2019
Ever more often I see people arguing about whether or not tech addiction is a real problem. On one side of the aisle, tech addiction is just alarmism or a disinformation campaign. At the other end, the media loves pushing…

Digital Compassion: A Human Act

Dec 3, 2019
The date was September 26, 1983. I was nine years old. Stanislav Petrov was 44 years old. Around my age today. He was working his second straight shift in the control room of the Soviet nuclear early-warning system Oko. Suddenly…

Digital omtanke: en mänsklig handling

Nov 26, 2019
Det var den 26 september 1983. Jag var nio år gammal. Stanislav Petrov var 44 år. Ungefär som jag är idag. Han var inne på sitt andra raka arbetspass i kontrollrummet för det sovjetiska varningssystemet Oko. Plötsligt kom det som…

Inkludering och hållbarhet för event

Nov 15, 2019
För att så många människor som möjligt ska kunna delta och ha behållning av ett arrangemang finns en hel del att tänka på. Det finns tyvärr en uppenbar risk att många arrangörer helt missar att ta hänsyn till detaljer som…

Flowchart: Manage impact in design

Nov 5, 2019
The flowchart on managing impact is intended to give you an overview of the elements that help you avoid and mitigate negative impact in digital design. Of course, it likely makes sense for more design situations than digital ones. I…

Per Axbom heter jag och är inte ett nyckelord

Oct 24, 2019
Jag har fått veta att när man söker på mitt namn så dyker det upp annonser för flera andra svenska konsultföretag och byråer inom digital design och UX. Vilka som dyker upp varierar. Det går alltså till så att en…

Lack of representation in AI puts vulnerable people at risk

Oct 20, 2019
In April of 2019 the AI Now Institute of New York University published the research paper DISCRIMINATING SYSTEMS — Gender, Race, and Power in AI. The report concluded that there is a diversity crisis in the AI sector across gender…

Design som lyssnar till hela människan

Sep 20, 2019
En återpublicering av anteckningarna jag skrev inför min föreläsning/tirad om etik på World Usability Day 2016. Inledning / etiketter Vänner, kamrater, designers, lärare, livsnjutare, fanatiker, köttätare, veganer, användare. Visst är många ord laddade. Och visst glömmer vi bort hur lätt…

Managing persuasive defaults in design

Sep 18, 2019
As part of the feedback and reactions to my recent post on the Dangers of Nir Eyal’s books, I received a very relevant question. It relates to how we as designers architect the choices that are available to users, and…

How Nir Eyal’s habit books are dangerous

Sep 17, 2019
Hired as a speaker throughout Silicon Valley and the international tech world, Nir Eyal’s appeal and influence cannot be ignored. He wrote the book that outlines a technique helping companies create products and services that tap into the psychology of…

Messages in WhatsApp are stopping immigrants

Aug 28, 2019
Information stored on phones is increasingly used in court cases and to determine the trustworthiness and honesty of people seeking to enter another country. So what happens when the source of the information is someone else entirely, and you had…