Friday, August 22, 2014

This Week in EID - Episode 17

Delight is one of the best things you can add to a user experience.  After you have achieved the UI costs of entry (easy to learn, easy to use, easy to recover from errors), this is the competitive advantage that separates the winners from the losers.  Doesn’t matter if you are talking about the cozy restaurant on the street corner or the high tech big data visualization dashboard.

The EID blog is like a quarter you find on the street. It may not be enough to change your life, but it is a nice small benefit that can make your day.  Do analogies work to get a point across?  

Do you shy away from information that you don’t really want to hear?  The cheesecake has enough fat for six days.  Your 401(k) will never be enough if you don’t put more in.  Of course, ignoring it doesn’t make it go away, but it does make it go away for right now.  

My point about the militarization of the police was not a post about Ferguson, it was about the media and their lack of statistical literacy.  They do this over and over.  Remember the 10,000 hour rule of practice?  It drove the researcher who did the original work to post on his web site that “we should never delegate science reporting to the media.”