Talkin’ UX and Nonprofits on Nonprofit Radio

I was recently interviewed by Tony Martignetti of Nonprofit Radio on one of my favorite topics, UX (user experience) and IA (information architecture) for charity websites. My dear friend and frequent collaborator Lacey Kruger and I discussed the basics of what we do, common mistakes that organizations make with their websites, and a few tools […]

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Getting It Straight: A Guide to Successful IA

At this Fall’s Blackbaud Conference (BBCON), I got the chance to wax metaphorical, theoretical, and practical about one of my favorite subjects: information architecture for nonprofits. This presentation seeks to answer the big questions: what is IA? why does it matter? what is good IA? what is good IA for nonprofits? and… how do I […]

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My Mobile Guide for Nonprofits

Last year, my collaborator Lacey Kruger and I wrote A Guide to the Mobile Web – Best Practices for Nonprofits. Ohhh, what a difference a year makes in the fast-changing world of smartphones. Responsive design was relatively new on the scene, and we were still recommending a mobile-optimized mini site with a sub-section of content. […]

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There’s No Shame in Breastfeeding

This piece originally appeared on Role/Reboot.   There’s a soundtrack that I hear in my head when I’m nursing my son. Among many lactation-themed takeoffs, my playlist includes a gender-swapped version of the Temptations song, My Boy, a variant on the Beastie Boys’ Brass Monkey (Milk Monkey), and a takeoff on Salt-n-Pepa’s Let’s Talk About Sex, which goes a little something like this: […]

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On the Reproductive Rights & Responsibilities of Men

This piece originally appeared on Role/Reboot. In a beautiful twist on the gruesome women’s-health-as-political-theater we’ve all been subjected to lately, female legislators in two states have introduced bills to limit men’s access to birth control. Representative Yasmin Neal of Georgia has forwarded a bill to prevent men from access to vasectomies, while a collection of female […]

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Raising a Son: A Q&A With Author Don Elium

This Q&A originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Don and Jeanne Elium’s 1994 treatise, Raising a Son, addresses the task of raising healthy, sensitive boys in modern American culture. Almost two decades, three editions, and 500,000 copies later, it has just been published as an ebook. Author Don Elium talks with Misty McLaughlin about what has changed, and what remains […]

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My First Family’s Contract

This piece originally appeared on Role/Reboot. This week marks the 20-year anniversary of my mother’s remission from breast cancer. Technically, it’s the date of her first mastectomy, and we are celebrating her life, and ours with her, as a survivor. “We” means my first family, or family of origin: my two sisters and me; a […]

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