Last ditch efforts to scare the neighbors… 2020 edition

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When a Trump-Pence sign isn’t family-friendly enough, but you still want your neighbors to be vaguely uncomfortable.

Four baby pumpkins with many matching orange golf tees sticking out of them, made to resemble spiked Coronavirus COVID19.
Four baby pumpkins with many matching orange golf tees sticking out of them, made to resemble spiked Coronavirus COVID19.

Squash the curve? But what about my superspreader freedoms?

Photo of an elaborate halloween yard decoration: a pumpkin-headed goblin suspended in spider webs.
Photo of an elaborate halloween yard decoration: a pumpkin-headed goblin suspended in spider webs.

Again, a simple Trump-Pence yard sign would have been easier. (And perhaps more frightful to your lib neighbors?)

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When you really want to re-elect the 2016 tantrum baby but are trying to be more subtle this year.

Inflatable Pac-Man-themed halloween yard decoration of a large orange chomping pumpkin chasing three fleeing ghosts.
Inflatable Pac-Man-themed halloween yard decoration of a large orange chomping pumpkin chasing three fleeing ghosts.

Again with the elaborate Trump yardsign- wait, why is he turning on the dudes in the white sheets?

Have a safe halloween everyone. If you snap additional, vaguely Trumpian halloween yard decorations, please @ me on twitter with a pic, and I may add them to this 2020 memorial.


Close up of Donald Trump’s face with analysis pattern applied, to suggest this article is scientific
Close up of Donald Trump’s face with analysis pattern applied, to suggest this article is scientific

11 giveaways to watch out for

Republican or Democrat, journalist or lobbyist, prosecutor or defense attorney—Americans are united today facing a common challenge: navigating the U.S. President’s surprisingly well-documented lies and more-than-occasional partial truths. The following diagrams come from research into how universal microexpressions reveal emotions and thought processes that conflict with what one says. This field of research was popularized by the television detective show “Lie To Me” which frequently cut away to politicians and religious figures to evidence examples of a lying person’s tell.

President Donald Trump appears to have multiple tells. The remainder of this article is provided as a reference or a guide to help Americans tease apart his honesty from his dishonesty.

Donald Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • eyebrows turn up, eyes together • eyes glare center-right (half truth)
Donald Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • eyebrows turn up, eyes together • eyes glare center-right (half truth)
anger / nope, spoken emphatically
Trump’s face, lines indicating: • involuntary glance upward, left (lying) • flared nostril • baring lower teeth (aggression)
Trump’s face, lines indicating: • involuntary glance upward, left (lying) • flared nostril • baring lower teeth (aggression)
hiding / why would I lie?
Donald Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • focused glance to left (lying) • upper lip diminished (cover up)
Donald Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • focused glance to left (lying) • upper lip diminished (cover up)
contempt / I swear I don’t swear
Trump’s face with lines indicating: • tense eyebrows (disgust and uncertain) • puffed mating or predatory rooster jowl
Trump’s face with lines indicating: • tense eyebrows (disgust and uncertain) • puffed mating or predatory rooster jowl
over-emphasis / “she”
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • loss of eye focus (attempt to recall prior deception) • constrained breathing
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • loss of eye focus (attempt to recall prior deception) • constrained breathing
sadness betrayed by fear / I am not a clown
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • raised shining eyebrows • floating denture grinding motion (truth mixed with deceit)
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • raised shining eyebrows • floating denture grinding motion (truth mixed with deceit)
jeerfulness
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • unfocused eyes right: oration mapped to sound image (lying) • flatulent lower lip
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • unfocused eyes right: oration mapped to sound image (lying) • flatulent lower lip
liberatio ani est musculus sphincter / o
Donald Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • eyebrows tight and pulled together (rage suppression) • resting sociopath face
Donald Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • eyebrows tight and pulled together (rage suppression) • resting sociopath face
ego fear / why are they laughing?
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • subservient left eye, feigning right (deception) • generously gaseous vent cavity
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • subservient left eye, feigning right (deception) • generously gaseous vent cavity
believe me / they’re coming for your babies
Trump’s face with lines indicating: • micro-squint, rehearsed racial identity victimhood (resentment projected) • janus lip
Trump’s face with lines indicating: • micro-squint, rehearsed racial identity victimhood (resentment projected) • janus lip
misdirection / they broke my toys
Trump’s face with lines indicating: • double wink (nod to inside group) • eyes focused slightly, downward rightly (deception)
Trump’s face with lines indicating: • double wink (nod to inside group) • eyes focused slightly, downward rightly (deception)
you’ll never catch me


I’m a California-based designer. I lead cross-functional teams of experience designers, researchers, growth hackers and developers to help large companies shift toward an agile, sprint-based workflow to deliver customer experiences that differentiate clients in their fields.

Each day, I attempt to design experiences that contribute positively to people’s everyday lives—from imagining fun ways for fans to navigate a movie website to how a new search engine might surprise us by surfacing answers that are several steps ahead of the question we’re asking. Here’s the journey I took pursuing work that I feel lucky to do every day.

Pratt Institute

In my first week at the Brooklyn art and architecture college Pratt Institute, they assigned me a 3D Foundation course offered by Industrial Design. This was an activist program founded by Bauhaus exiles who had fled the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany to settle at American art colleges in New York and Chicago. They were on a mission. …


Case study: digital forms are not just the interface

Imagine online forms that ask only a few, essential questions. Imagine the surprise when it used to take two weeks to hear back whether your form was approved, but now it takes just two days—or even just two seconds.

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About UCLA

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is an international research university located in southern California. The 2017-2018 edition of Times Higher Education ranks UCLA 15th in World University Rankings, and 13th in World Reputation Rankings.

My role

Starting in 2013, UCLA initiated conversion of its graduate program’s paper-based forms to digital. As Lead User Experience Designer reporting directly to the Director of Technology, I led a six-person product team to research, design, develop, and deliver a comprehensive solution. …


On our twisty journey to design Harry Potter’s magical 3D map

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In J.K. Rowling’s magical world, the Marauder’s Map enables mischievous young wizards to navigate Hogwarts Castle’s complex halls and secret passages, and track anyone on its grounds. Rowling introduced the map in her third book and movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

I was a member of the HarryPotter.com design team at Warner Bros. Studio when my colleagues and I were invited to see an early, unfinished cut of the film. …


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For over a decade, I’ve helped solve customer experience and strategic design challenges for start-ups, higher education, and large international brands.

Below are twenty-five experience design highlights from clients including Warner Bros. Studios, 42 Entertainment, University of California Los Angeles, MOVIECLIPS (now Fandango) Chen Design Associates, Walt Disney Pictures, and 20th Century Fox.

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UCLA

Lead User Experience Designer, 2013–2017

Strategic lead for a six-person product team. Led a mobile-first customer-centric redesign of a decade-old website. Designed a form submission and progress tracking system that reduces time-to-review from 2 weeks to 2 days, and depending on form, saves between 300-to-450 hours of staff time a year. Products: UX-researched & designed, agile, responsive, and mobile-first. …


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Escaping a black hole in form design

In a 2014 usability study at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), a graduate student used a damning metaphor to describe her experience submitting a digital form:

“Applying online is like throwing a paper airplane into a black hole.” — UCLA Graduate Student

Forms have not been our favorite part of the web. Like the paper forms that inspired them, they can be difficult to read and seemingly impossible to fill out. This is where the new form building technologies target most of their attention. But in her metaphor, our student didn’t focus on the filling-out part. True, she spent time folding a paper plane just so, but then poof! It disappeared. Into what? …


Try it. It’s not as hard as it looks.

About

Perre DiCarlo

Author of 𝘒𝘪𝘤𝘬 𝘓𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 and co-author of 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘧𝘧 𝘊𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬. @perredicarlo

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