Visual Evidence

Data and Design in Everyday Life

Forms Matter

How the design of forms can decide an election, affect racial profiling and shape identity

When the Designer Shows Up In the Design

How our assumptions, perspectives, intuitions — and yes, our biases — shape what we design and how we design it.

Disenfranchised by Bad Design

There is in fact a widespread problem with ballots in the United States: they’re often horribly designed.

If It Needs a Sign, It’s Probably Bad Design

More words won’t solve your design problem.

Discrimination by Design

The many ways design decisions treat people unequally.

Looks Can Kill: The Deadly Results of Flawed Design

From automobiles to software, poorly designed products just might kill you.

Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World

The many ways we act by default (without even knowing it).

Too Human (Not) to Fail

How design keeps you from screwing up and prevents disaster when you do.

Unsafe at Many Speeds

Your risk of getting killed by a car goes up with every mile per hour.

How Typography Can Save Your Life

What words look like matters — in some cases, a whole lot.

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