The Top 25 Best-Designed Products

In March 2019, the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology was approached by Daniel Bentley, senior editor at Fortune magazine, to update the original 100 Best-Designed Products research study from 1959. Sixty years since the findings were published, IIT Institute of Design’s new study shows that physical products are being increasingly replaced by … Continue reading The Top 25 Best-Designed Products

My Phone and I Are Lost Without the World of Sports…

A few days ago I did some organizing on my cell phone, trying to reduce both the number of apps I have as well as consolidate similar apps into groups to cut down on the number of screens I have. I was able to go from six screens to two, and I only left a … Continue reading My Phone and I Are Lost Without the World of Sports…

And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

Despite my fondness for commercials, I was not aware until yesterday that there is an Emmy award for the best commercial. So of course, I had to check them out. Here were the five finalists (two featuring Apple products): Behind The Mac - Make Something Wonderful - Macbook: Behind the Mac, people with passion are … Continue reading And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

Let's face it, most of us use our phone way too much, certainly much more than necessary. But trying to cut back on phone usage is difficult. That's why I was excited to see that creating a better relationship with your phone was the topic of this week's Pinkcast. Dan Pink's guest this week was … Continue reading How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

Things That Make Life Worth Living

As I was cutting up our weekly purchase of a dozen bagels so that we could freeze them, I realized how much I loved having a bagel slicer (or as Amazon calls it, a bagel guillotine). We've only had it for about a year, but now I can't remember how we were able to live without … Continue reading Things That Make Life Worth Living

A Sneak Peek at How I Wasted My Week, Courtesy of Screen Time

I've glanced at the Screen Time notices (shown above) I've been getting every week for a while now, but until just a few minutes ago I had never looked at the details of my weekly report. And when I finally did take a look, it was kind of eye-opening, disappointing, embarrassing, and frankly, kind of sad. … Continue reading A Sneak Peek at How I Wasted My Week, Courtesy of Screen Time

Add One More to Life’s Embarrassing Moments

I'm still not sure how it happened, but it did. I had just finished one class, and there was a ten-minute break before the next one, so I decided to go and use the men's room. The time in between classes is a busy one for the restrooms, and the only open spot was the … Continue reading Add One More to Life’s Embarrassing Moments

Hold the Phone

This is the 14th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the original ad. Most of us will spend two years of our lives on the telephone. They are not … Continue reading Hold the Phone

My Cognitive Dissonance and Confirmation Bias Are Kicking in Again

(please note - this is one of my longer blog posts - you've been warned!) As a vegan, there are certain beliefs I hold about which foods are good for me and which foods are not. When the results of new studies are announced that reach conclusions that are not consistent with my beliefs as … Continue reading My Cognitive Dissonance and Confirmation Bias Are Kicking in Again