Assistive Technology: Curb Cuts

Low shot of a person in a wheelchair preparing to roll through a curb cut.

The curb cut is a work of assistive technology so commonplace that it is more a part of assistive infrastructure than a “product.” Curb cuts, those short concrete ramps found at just about every pedestrian intersection in the United States, provide a gentle slope from an elevated sidewalk to the street surface below. About 1 …

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Evaluation Story: Barnard Digital Collections

The goal for this project was to run an evaluation of the Barnard Digital Collections portal and analyze its potential usability issues. The Barnard Digital Collections portal was created in 2014 to serve as the online home for Barnard’s archival materials and special collections spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Our team was composed …

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Design Critique: AdBlock (Google Chrome Extension)

About AdBlock AdBlock is an open source browser extension for blocking intrusive or distracting ads on websites. It is inconspicuous in the browsing experience but has a powerful impact, with the ability to block banner ads, pop-ups, and video ads.  This extension has been my ad blocker of choice for close to a decade because …

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