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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Elon Musk Sells Bel Air Mansion

Elon Musk is having an eventful year so far. The Tesla founder, who has made headlines in recent months for the birth of his son, X Æ A-12, and for his continued attempts to launch rockets into space, just sold off the first of the many homes he put on the market after proclaiming that he would be “selling almost all physical possessions” in May. Musk’s Bel Air mansion was purchased by tech billionaire William Ding, according to the Wall Street Journal, for a whopping $29 million. (The asking price was $30 million.)

The seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom dwelling spans 16,251 square feet, and overlooks the Bel Air Country Club, with views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island on clear days. Though images of the interior of the home are sparse, photos of the house’s exteriors reveal various balconies and patios extending off the structure, with mature trees dotting the

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