Writing for Interactions Magazine

Writing for Interactions Magazine, who sees the core of their vision lying in the title of the magazine: interactions, or the many types of interactions essential for, on which are based, or that comprise good practice.

Adding By Leaving Out: The Power of the Pause

We tend to think of the pause as awkward. In speech, pregnant pauses connote uncomfortable silence; we veil silence with fillers. As professional communicators, we’re trained to deliver smooth speech, censoring out “um” and “ah.” ...

The Art of Editing: The New Old Skills for a Curated Life

In a workshop led by Ira Glass, host of public radio’s “This American Life,” I heard him admit, “We edit out people’s breaths and pauses in the interviews before they go on air.” ...

From Davis to David: Lessons from Improvisation

In a converted church on 30th Street in Manhattan, seven musicians gathered on a spring day in 1959. Never before had they come together under these circumstances; in fact, some had never even met. ...

The Design of Serendipity is not by Chance

Technology can aid efficiency—it can prevent us from getting lost, make locating the nearest restaurant easy, help us avoid inconvenient traffic, and eliminate the wait time between physicians and patients. Yet aided by apps and served by services, we leave little up to chance. We seek out the…

Making Face: Practices and Interpretations of Avatars in Everyday Media

From the time I woke to the time I sat down at my office desk this morning, I counted 24 different social interactions, both face-to-face and mediated by technology. ...

The Social Life of Marginalia

On a single day, I count 44 notes I’ve scribbled down while traveling between home and work. These notes are part private, part public, and all parts messy. These are everyday marginalia—notes in a printed book, saves in Instapaper, lists in Simplenote, snaps in Instagram, likes in Tumblr,…

The taxonomy of the invisible: counting emerging urban forests

A spring 2010 app competition, NYC BigApps, brought together designers and developers to show how the city of New York could improve the way it provides information to its citizens. One of the 11 winning apps, “Trees Near You,” now helps users learn about the more than 500,000…

What We Talk About When We Talk About Happiness

The prevalence of recent studies might indicate there’s a growing trend in our interest in happiness. Chances are good that if you’ve recently opened a news reader, a newspaper, or a certain bestseller, you’ve seen headlines on the state of happiness. How can we be happier? Can we design our own happiness? Is happiness a do-it-yourself pursuit? My lists may be shrinking for an entirely good reason: Investing in experiences over objects amplifies happiness. ...



Work

  • W.W.Norton & Company
  • Eye Magazine
  • Theme Magazine
  • Maryland Institute of College Art

About Liz

Danzico is part designer, part educator, and full-time dog owner. She traces the roots of her craft back to her parents. According to Liz, "Growing up at least a little information architect gave me an organizational advantage over my friends.” More