axbom.blog on coaching, design and ethics

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

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…

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…

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 literally wrote the book that has helped many startups and corporations exploit human weaknesses for profit. He’d just rather…

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…

Hell Turdy

Aug 25, 2019
Worrying about the dystopian outcomes of many digital ventures these days can honestly be somewhat mood-dampening. I need to remember to find time to be silly and laugh more. One thread on Twitter the other day, started by David M…

Convert newsletters to Atom/RSS feeds

Aug 6, 2019
I found a useful tool allowing me to partake in the joy of well-written newsletters without having them fill up my inbox. The website Kill the Newsletter! (KTN) simply allows you to add them to your feed reader. Here’s how…

The harmful myth of mentally ill shooters in the USA

Aug 4, 2019
Another shooting in the USA, and yet another series of talking points about reasons. One of the most common is mental health. When this talking points ensues, it enforces stigmatisation of people with mental health issues, people who are actually…

Highlights from the Mueller hearing

Jul 25, 2019
On July 24, former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before two House committees. He had already in May – when announcing his retirement – said: “The report is my testimony.” This was an indication that nothing new would come forward…

First, design no harm

Jul 1, 2019
At the Adobe 99U conference there was an on-stage conversation between author Courtney E. Martin and Tim Brown, CEO of design firm IDEO. During the interview they touched upon the topic of ethics. Author and design consultant Kim Goodwin reacted…

Accessibility and the art of caring for humans

Nov 22, 2018
At the #t12t accessibility meetup I gave a talk on the sordid history of how people with disabilities have been treated in Sweden. On top of this, many of the tools and words we use actually make it harder to…

Introducing the Inclusive Panda

Feb 12, 2018
As part of my work on practical methods for integrating ethics thinking into your design process I am producing a set of templates and worksheets. My intent is to encourage ethical, sustainable and inclusive design in all organizations by providing…