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Product, UX, Content: Some Thoughts on Titles (and Venn Diagrams)


When I talk to folks interested in tech careers, as I did last month, I’m reminded how utterly baffling tech job titles can be. For example, I’ll mention to folks that I’m looking for a role in Product or User Experience, but that I’d also be happy doing Content Strategy. Non-tech folks then have to

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Data Philosophy: A Day in the Life of a Tech Newsroom


“What makes a Muppet, a Muppet?” wondered our designer. He’d made a prototype illustration, but wasn’t happy with it — he didn’t feel it was immediately recognizable as a Muppet. He’d come to the tech area for input, and we were happy to oblige. We analyzed the hell out of the visual ontology of Muppetdom.

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Friends With Benefits: Adapting MoJo’s Choose Your Own Adventure App


Note: this is cross-posted on the Texas Tribune Nerd Blog. I’ve made a few minor revisions to my sections, but the main thing I’d like to add is that this technology has really interesting possibilities for telling stories about any topic: gender, immigration, voting, you name it. For the tech-curious, it’s a low-effort, high-payoff first project. By Amanda

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The Six Labors of Learning to Code


These days, everyone’s learning to code. And that’s great. But developer evangelists often forget to mention one drawback: code is the equivalent of an ancient scroll you find in a horror movie. It’s powerful, sure, but its weird characters turn out to be written in blood, and eventually twist your soul into a veritable Möbius pretzel

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Why I’m Not Writing About Virtual Environments


When I first started my job, I had to set up a local version of our insanely complicated site, first on my work computer, then on my laptop, then on my home computer. Our site is freaking huge. Setting up local versions of it is, to put it gently, a ginormous pain in the ass.

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