Thursday, November 18, 2010

Food as Experience

Portland is becoming famous for its food carts. If you live here and haven't tried them, TONIGHT you have a great chance to celebrate at the Art Department a new book and try some food cart yumminess!

third brain studio is particularly fond of this book since we are contributors, having conducted interviews at several cart pods to find out just what this trend is all about. We talked to restaurant owners, surgeons and college students, all who enjoy the price, quality, variety and intriguing community when they come to the food carts. We talked with a guy who said there was a vendor in Pioneer Square who practically helped feed him through college, offering him sandwiches even when he barely had enough money. They've become close friends - which he proved by showing us his number in his phone.

All in all, the food carts exemplify Portland. They get you outside no matter what the weather, democratize food and bring people together at long picnic tables where you just can 't help but talk to your neighbor and say, "Hey what's that your eating? I'll have to try that next time!"

Thursday, November 11, 2010

World Usability Day

A sample entry in the "good fun" category for the usability scavenger hunt.

As you may or may not know, Thursday, November 11, 2010 is World Usability Day. Imagine that! Aren't you glad you are in on that little secret? I bet you didn't even get the day off. To celebrate this awesome event, our local computer human interaction group, lovingly known as CHI FOO, is hosting a usability scavenger hunt.

All of the entries from our team, the uxceptionals, can be seen here. and yes, true to form, many of the medical entries are from yours truly. Having spent Wednesday at the hospital volunteering and experiencing my own physical therapy appointment on Thursday gave me lots of great insights into the usability of even more medical products.

Have fun following all the feeds from the CHIFOO link above.