Archive for September, 2011

17Sep

Why careful system design matters!

Posted by Elf Sternberg as Design

I read today about a recall of birth control pills. The detail that caught my attention was this: Blister packs of the birth control pills were rotated 180 degrees, which reverses the weekly tablet distribution. This packaging error could cause women to take pills in the incorrect order and could lead to unintended pregnancy. I suspect this […]

16Sep

Lifestreams and Gamification

Posted by Elf Sternberg as Design, programming

I was having a discussion the other day with a PHP developer, helping him architect a gamification layer for a website he owned.  He had this ridiculously broad table of everything the user could earn, and I winced and said, “What if you want to add a new badge?”  He hemmed and hawed and allowed […]


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