8 secrets writers use to trick the smartest readers into reading their writing

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Science proves haters gonna hate.

Some people are just downers.

Science proves haters gonna hate.

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Poor data, secret analysis, and logical errors: Does Neuromarketing work?

“The poor data and shoddy logic behind a hyped business boom.”

Basically, no. Couldn’t agree more.

Poor data, secret analysis, and logical errors: Does Neuromarketing work?

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The psychology of stuff and things

(PDF) Why we love our things. Great insights for product designers.

The psychology of stuff and things

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The Perfect Workspace (According to Science)

The spaces we occupy shape who we are and how we behave. Make that perfect design space and your designs will be better.

The Perfect Workspace (According to Science)

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The Guardian launch a new psychology and neuroscience blog.

(via Introducing the Guardian’s new psychology blog, Head Quarters | Pete Etchells, Molly Crockett, Nathalia Gjersoe and Chris Chambers | Science | theguardian.com)

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Science is not the Enemy of the Humanities

Creatives of the world embrace science. A great essay from Steve Pinker

Science is not the Enemy of the Humanities

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Over the last few years there has been a trend of using psychology to influence, nudge, coerce and sometimes trick people into doing something they may not otherwise do.

Quoting myself from an article in this month’s Digital Arts Magazine.

UX secrets revealed – Features – Digital Arts

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It’s Not About “Productivity.” It’s About Living Purposefully.

It becomes less about tips and tricks and more about making sure you’re allocating the most scarce resource in the universe, your attention, in ways that most closely align with who you are and what impact you want to have on the world.

Or why brain hacks are meaningless.

It’s Not About “Productivity.” It’s About Living Purposefully.
It’s Not About “Productivity.” It’s About Living Purposefully.

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Off means on! This is actually a great example of what I define as a Dark Pattern. It’s a user interface that uses manipulative techniques to get users to do things they would not otherwise have done.

More great stuff from Harry Brignull.

Read the full article, it’s a great example of how evil in design comes about The slippery slope

I’ve an interview with Harry coming up in next month’s .net magazine. He’s done more than anybody to highlight evil within design.

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