Trump and Protests

A couple days after Trump won the election protests broke out across the country, which naturally led to many different conversations on Facebook. Here is a copy of my part of the conversation I feel I should share with the rest of the world.

I’ve seen some talk about the recent protests I feel I must address. I’ve heard them called “idiotic” and that the protesters need to stop crying that their candidate lost, respect the democratic process, accept our new president for his elected 4 year term, and reach out to non-voters if they really want to make a difference. Here is the thing though: these protests have nothing to do with government, bureaucracy, or the democratic process.

People were crying not because they’re “sore losers”, but because of what the election of Trump means. It means this country voted for a man to represent us who is undeniably racist, xenophobic, and a bigot. A sexist and misogynistic man who jokes about grabbing a woman by the genitals. A man who wants all Muslims to wear special IDs. A man who stokes the flames of hatred and fear for personal gain won presidency. This is why we cry.

People of color are crying because they are fearful for their lives. Immigrants weep because they are unsure of what will happen to their families. Muslims cry because they are seemingly no longer protected by the very constitution that this country holds so dearly. Mothers cry because they have to explain to their young daughters that sexual assault is wrong even if a lot of Americans seem to not care. This is why we cry.

These people are protesting because they fight for what they believe is right. Is this idiotic? Is this not one of the most democratic things you can do? Holding signs saying “Not My President” does not mean we protest the democratic process. It is saying that this man does NOT represent us. It is letting the rest of this country and people around the world know that the majority of this country still believes in fundamental human and civil rights. All men and woman are created equal. This is NOT the message this country sent out on Tuesday evening, and this is what we protest.

It isn’t even 48 hours since the election was called and the racist fear mongering he used as a tool during his campaign is already manifesting itself around this country. A woman just had her hijab ripped off and was told to go hang herself with it. Chants of “build the wall” echo across cities. Swastikas and the N-word are being graffitied on school walls. A black effigy was spotted hanging above a cafe. This is what Trump bred and built his campaign on, and this is what we protest.

The protesters are not out whining because they lost an election. We protest to say that we are NOT OK with racism, misogyny, and bigotry. We protest to say that despite the color of your skin, where you come from, or what you believe in, that you are safe here. This is why we protest.


I then added this bit:

I hope it was obvious, but my thoughts above are all predicated on the protest being non-violent. Reckless and misplaced violence and anger does nothing for the cause. All it does is take away the legitimacy of your voice and allow onlookers the ability to just write you off.

Most likely all that is happening is you ruining the city you live in. Innocent local businesses and public property suffer for nothing. Pissing off people isn’t the best way to get them to listen to you.

Design as a Bridge

The best way to describe design is that is seeks to connect things by acting as a bridge between them.

Frank Chimero -The Shape of Design

The bridges I build every day:

Delight vs Novelty

You want to constantly delight the user with simplicity and long term wows that maybe they don’t even recognize are happening half the time, but you definitely don’t want to be bogged down by novelty in your designs when we’re thinking about evoking emotion in future books.

Craig Mod -Nourishing Habits for Nourishing Design

Jobs on Product Design

One of the things I’ve always found is that you’ve got to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the technology. You can’t start with the technology and try to figure out where you’re going to try to sell it.

Steve Jobs

Removing Subjectivity

…design seemed a bit more objective to me. I’m trying to remove all the decision making from graphic design, get more and more objective.

…If you remove all the subjectivity then you get some essential truth, some core idea that’s not clouded by inaccuracies, approximations, or subjective feelings – emotional cloudiness.

Khoi Vinh: On the Grid

I was recently involved in a conversation where I was asked, “How do you know when a [user interface] design is right?”. My answer was similar to Khoi’s comment about removing subjectivity. I believe good UI design is rooted in sound rules, principles, and logic. By removing subjective choices the design benefits.

Left Brain Design

…graphic designers have the intention to grab an emotional response visually. While Interface designers have the intention to grab a logical response mentally.

Web design is not graphic design. Sure, we design graphics as a means of creating an interface, but the means in which these graphics are used is what creates the blurry distinction between the two.

– Michael Dick on The distinction between interfaces & graphics

Exactly how I feel. UI/UX designs are logical. They follow rules. It’s less Monet and more Einstein.