axbom.blog on coaching, design and ethics

My opinion pieces, articles, diary entries and rants on everything digital and humanitarian. You can choose to see English, Swedish or all posts.

Confirmshaming – the art of insulting your target group

Dec 2, 2017
Many of us have come to despise them: the intrusive, unsolicited subscription forms promising you the holy grail of insights and knowledge. But the imaginative rudeness of how companies push people into signing up has grown into a competition delving…

axbom.com — 20 years old

Nov 10, 2017
20 years ago on November 10, 1997, I bought axbom.com. I shared my early experiments building websites. And got my first job as a web designer. Where I discovered the importance of usability. I blogged about all I learned and…

Misusability update #2 With an anniversary freebie

Nov 10, 2017
Misusability under every rock When writing a book on misguided digital design you are obviously primed to find content that supports your case. And right now I feel overwhelmed by the many examples out there of people being harmed by digital…

Misusability update #1 Introducing misusability

Oct 6, 2017
Your impact on people and planet When I tell people I am writing a book about ethics in digital design many assume that it is a book about dark patterns. While there undoubtedly will be overlap I am more interested…

The Crazy World of Superhero Film Rights

Apr 30, 2017
As I was telling someone how Hugh Jackman would have loved to do another movie as Wolverine teaming up with the Avengers they exclaimed: “But Wolverine isn’t Marvel!” This set me off drawing up a map of the different film…

How to delete unroll.me and revoke their access to your e-mail

Apr 25, 2017
In reports coming out about how the unsubscription service unroll.me has been selling your data to Uber, it has become glaringly clear that not only are they selling your data (which truly should not surprise you a great deal) but…

Same goal. Different tactic. The fisher and the businessman

Apr 5, 2017
A fisher had finished work early and was sitting next to her boat on the beach. A wealthy businessman walked by, clearly upset by seeing the woman displaying such laziness. “Why aren’t you out fishing?”, he inquired. The fisher responded:…

Ruckusmaker Day Celebrated annually on February 24

Feb 24, 2017
In honor of Steve Jobs. As initiated by Seth Godin, on February 24 each year we celebrate annual Ruckusmaker Day. The first Ruckusmaker Day was celebrated on what would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday. Your opinion matters Ruckus noun.…