1. Human genome data viz: In five years, will these sorts of personal genetic profiles be the new Facebook avatars?
2. Guerilla design research: The Chicago-based Greater Good Studio sent a dad and his daughter, each sporting a GoPro on their heads, on a trip to the supermarket. Forgot what it’s like to be five years old in a world designed for adults? In sum: lots of beige and lots of butts. The check-out experience seemed especially drab and claustrophobic. (I saw this video at a conference and unfortunately, from what I can tell, it’s not online.)
[image source: The Richmond Times]
3. Girl Scouts cookie boxes got a redesign, now what about those god-awful uniforms? Talk about random. I can’t stop thinking about this *fascinating* conversation I had on Tuesday with Jenni Light, a Frog designer who wrote her master’s thesis on the Girl Scouts. Jenni’s research — which included working as a troupe leader for six months! — revealed insights about the high drop-off rates between Juniors and Cadettes (when most girls are entering junior high). Part of the problem: a lot of the great content developed by the Girl Scouts mothership gets diluted, or completely lost, in the game of telephone with individual troupe leaders. But DUH, I kept asking: what about those uniforms! Not sure what’s accomplished by outwardly marking a 12-year-old girl as the epitome of uncool. It’s time for an update. Or better yet, a global Girl Scout uniform hackathon!
4. A high-school classmate’s live debate commentary. Frankly, the most interesting thing on FB these days.
It’s about 65% likely that Obama is studying and pondering The Federalist Papers on his podium while Romney speaks.
What’s stunning is Joe’s ability to ruthlessly humiliate Skippy Dimpleface while simultaneously hinting, with a twinkle of the eyes, that he just might reach across the table and give him a noogie.
5. A good ol’ fashioned, $3, non-hipster milkshake. A comforting throwback to simpler times. And a great way to start the weekend!