Why are gyms so empty?

Something strange is afoot. I’ve been to the gym a few times this week, fully expecting it to be packed. But… it’s been empty. The Pilates class before the one I take on Saturdays is always full. This morning that first class was cancelled. Only one person had signed up for it.

Traditionally, this is the week I dread. January 1st means it’s hard to find a parking space at the gym, and fitness classes are filled to their limits. This past week, even a free yoga class only had three people in it (including myself). Regulars must be staying…


Every new year starts with the dramatic hope of a life-changing transformation. Maybe you’ve promised yourself you’ll lose weight, quit smoking, or both! Gyms are temporarily packed and cigarette sales drop. But come February, the gym crowds thin out and people go back to lighting up. Why not make a REAL change this year? Here is a list of the top 5 books to transform your 2019:

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  1. Atomic Habits by James Clear
    Want to change your habits, but don’t know where to start? …

This morning, a friend shared an article about the false alarm residents of Hawaii experienced this past weekend. The article stated that the warning was sent due to human error. How could someone make such a mistake, you ask? The article went on to say that the form the emergency employee filled out had a dropdown with two options: “Test Missile Alert” and “Missile Alert”. Everyone now knows which option he chose.

Based on the limited information out there, this is likely what the employee had to work with:


Imagine every time you sit down to read something, it looks like this:

Source: “I Wonder What It’s Like to be Dyslexic

According to the Dyslexia Research Institute, 10–15% of the U.S. population has dyslexia. As User Experience designers, we’re always looking for ways to improve our products. What if there were a way to make it easier for someone to read your content? That’s where the typeface Dyslexie comes in. It has a heavy base line and other variations to ensure each character has a unique form. According to their site, these attributes help dyslexic people read faster and with fewer errors.

I first heard about the font…


The Trick to Gaining More Conversions On Your Site 

How many H & R Block employees does it take to help create an online account? The answer: 3, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Today was tax day for me. The kindly man helping me today, Rudi, got off to a great start. His first question: what do you do for a living? I told him “Web Designer” because the categories are so broad, it’s doubtful “UX Designer” would be in their system. We zipped through the paperwork at a good clip and arrived at the end. He mentioned we could create an online account that would…

Sari Rothstein

User Experience Designer, Tech Lover and Exercise Enthusiast. All opinions are my own. http://saribrooke.com

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