The push to redefine “good design” amid the Black Lives Matter movement

In 2015, Nextdoor, the location-based social networking app, gained a reputation as a locus of racial profiling. Users were sending alerts for merely spotting hoodie-wearing Black men walking in their neighborhoods. One damning report described Nextdoor as “a forum for paranoid racialism—the equivalent of the nosy Neighborhood Watch appointee in a gated community.”

In studying the problem, Nextdoor realized that its easy-to-use app was partly to blame.

Creating intuitive, easy-to-use products and interfaces is the domain of user experience designers. Don’t Make Me Think is both the title of a core textbook in the field and many designers’ professional mantra. An approach called “anticipatory design” even takes the virtue of speed to the extreme, promising a system so seamless that consumers never have to make a single choice.

But the very features that are meant to make technology easier and faster to navigate—like shortcuts and auto-complete functions—can

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Ways to Create a Better Space No Matter Where You Live

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As many of us are spending more time at home in the era of coronavirus, our backyards have become our havens, our places to stand in the sun or dig in the dirt. And green spaces go beyond the yard—a balcony, a window over a park across the street, or some houseplants in a corner. Any of these can put us a bit closer to nature.

Here you’ll find what some of us at CR and some of you are up to in our “backyards,” along with tips and inspiration on new ways to enjoy your space. Just click on any of the photos or videos. Share your backyard activities on Instagram with sell your house fast jacksonville the hashtag #BackyardOasis and tag @consumerreports and we might include your post here.

Grilling

Grills are getting a whole lot

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