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URL Design — Warpspire
This is a really good checklist for what modern URL design looks like.
web  design  navigation  url  uri  usability  addressing 
december 2010 by infovore
Dear Dustin Curtis | Dustin Curtis
Dustin Curtis didn't like the American Airlines website, and complained on his blog; a UX architect from AA gets back to him and explains how things are; Dustin responds. I need to write something longer on this, but in a nutshell: I understand Dustin's position, but it feels naive, and I think he confuses corporate culture with business practice. I want my airline to have a corporate culture of conservatism and fustiness, just like I want my bank to be severe and serious. That doesn't meant their website has to suck, but it also doesn't mean that their sucky website is their CEO's fault.
design  usability  interaction  americanairlines  business  corporations  corporateculture  culture 
june 2009 by infovore
Weightbot - Tapbots
Yes, it's an app about weight loss. But: the UI is superb in its touchability and suitability for task at hand, and the reporting functionality is solid (and looks like it'll get much better).
interaction  design  application  iphone  ui  usability  weightloss 
december 2008 by infovore
Bill Higgins :: the Uncanny Valley of user interface design
"I’d recommend that if you’re considering or actively building Ajax/RIA applications, you should consider the Uncanny Valley of user interface design and recognize that when you build a “desktop in the web browser”-style application, you’re violating users’ unwritten expectations of how a web application should look and behave. This choice may have significant negative impact on learnability, pleasantness of use, and adoption." Yes.
interaction  design  web  ux  usability  aesthetics  billhiggins 
december 2008 by infovore
Alistair.Cockburn.us | Nielsen on agile and usability
"Just remember, 'There’s only us.'" Some good analysis; fair and even-handed.
usability  interaction  design  uxd  ucd  agile  development  web  teams  management 
november 2008 by infovore
How people really use the iPhone - SlideShare
Some interesting user research, especially when it comes to understandings of the device, and perceptions of the App Store. It's amazing how people's attitude to price changes when you've got a small screen, a market saturated with cheap goods, and a product that isn't in a box.
usability  userexperience  design  interactiondesign  research  iphone  interaction 
november 2008 by infovore
adaptive path » death to lorem ipsum & other adventures in content
"...words are a critically important driver in the success of the end user experience, and therefore a writer is a critically important player in the beginning. Period." Spot on stuff here - makes me feel guilty for being lax on copy on some recent work.
design  copywriting  copy  usability  interaction  interface  writing 
june 2008 by infovore
bookofjoe: 'How Grandma Sees the Remote' — by Roz Chast
A nice reminder about the perception of interfaces (as opposed to the reality).
usability  interaction  userexperience  design  comic  cartoon  funny  psychology  interface 
june 2008 by infovore
adaptive path » 90% of all usability testing is useless
"Instead, user research for the Web should delve into the qualitative aspects of design to understand how and why people respond to what has been created, and, more importantly, how to apply that insight to future work." Lane Becker on fine form.
usability  testing  accessibility  hci  experiencedesign  design  users  web 
january 2008 by infovore
'Cool Cash' card confusion - News - Manchester Evening News
"Camelot received dozens of complaints on the first day from players who could not understand how, for example, -5 is higher than -6." You'd have thought Camelot user-test their scratchcards. Clearly not!
math  usertesting  usability 
november 2007 by infovore
AskTog:
"Test subjects consistently report that keyboarding is faster than mousing. The stopwatch consistently proves mousing is faster than keyboarding." Great Tog article on keyboard vs mouse interfaces.
keyboard  mouse  usability  interaction  design 
october 2007 by infovore
Books for web people recommended by FatDUX
"These are books that we like or that have influenced us. We hope you'll find our remarks useful." Very comprehensive - probably too much so - but some interesting titles I wasn't aware of amid the sea of more obvious choices.
books  usability  informationarchitecture  webdesign  web  design 
october 2007 by infovore
Interface Hall of Shame - Lotus Notes
Forgotten how wonderful(ly dreadful) this collection of interaction cock-ups from Lotus Notes was. Bits of it are just painful.
interaction  design  usability  software  ux  lotus  notes 
october 2007 by infovore
Dirty hands required, Why user experience people need to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty in development to get the best results
"...a user interface design conceived by someone without detailed understanding of the tools used to construct it often suggests good, but expensive to implement designs. There's a sweet-spot between good, and expensive to build..."
design  interaction  usability  ux  process  team  management 
october 2007 by infovore
Particletree » Visualizing Fitts’s Law
"Fitts’s Law is Made of Lines" is a rough summary of this, but in short - a neat graphical explanation of Fitt's Law, with some useful notes, too.
interaction  usability  hci  ux 
october 2007 by infovore
We Can Fix That with Data
"metrics, data management, and usability for online games" - awesome blog discovery of the day. Just looks fab. Insta-subscribe!
blog  games  play  metrics  data  mmorpg  usability 
september 2007 by infovore
Peter Van Dijck’s Guide to Ease » Blog Archive » IA for beginners: long pages work.
"Scrolling works. Long pages work. Anything else tends to be informationarchitecturitis."
ia  ux  usability  design  informationarchitecture 
september 2007 by infovore
The Daydream Blog » Blog Archive » Searching for the HIG's Boson
Some nice, insightful commentary on the relevance of Apple's Human Interface Guidelines in 2007. Good stuff, for anyone interested in interface design.
mac  os  ui  interface  interaction  design  usability 
july 2007 by infovore
What Does Rich Mean? - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design
"What does rich mean to a UI (user interface) designer who wants to craft intelligent, compelling, and memorable interactions?"
design  usability  ixd  ia  ajax  webdesign  web  development  interactiondesign 
june 2007 by infovore
Magic Ink: Information Software and the Graphical Interface
"In this paper, I ... argue that interactivity is actually a curse for users and a crutch for designers, and users’ goals can be better satisfied through other means"
hci  interaction  design  interface  usability  ixd  ux  paper  essay 
april 2007 by infovore
Mobile Web Design: Methods to the Madness ~ Authentic Boredom
"You’re considering retrofitting an existing website/web app to be more accessible to mobile users. What are your options?"
mobile  design  accessibility  usability  markup  web 
april 2007 by infovore
Refining Data Tables :: UXmatters
Luke Wroblewski examines and illustrates ways to architect tabular display of data. Some clear thinking, and good illustration.
data  tables  design  usability  navigation  web  development  interaction 
april 2007 by infovore
Collection: Design Patterns
Chris Messina collects a big pile of design patterns from across the web. Then he sticks them in a Flickr collection. Useful.
design  interaction  usability  patterns  screenshots  reference 
march 2007 by infovore
Clash of the Titans: Agile and UCD :: UXmatters
Resolving the conflicts between UCD and Agile processes. It's not necessarily as hard as it might seem...
agile  ucd  xp  development  process  usability  ux  methodology 
december 2006 by infovore
Information Architects Japan » Blog Archive » Web design is 95% typography
Very true. This, and a beautiful piece of print design I saw this weekend, are giving me _all_ sorts of ideas...
typography  ia  layout  grids  design  web  usability 
october 2006 by infovore
Design View : Andy Rutledge - Online Newspapers Are 99% Bad
(From a design perspective, but, to be honest, it impacts on everything).
publishing  newspaper  news  online  design  web  usability 
october 2006 by infovore
The dashed line in use · Touch
Timo Arnall catalogues the various uses of the dashed line as visual metaphor.
design  graphics  illustration  usability  ui 
october 2006 by infovore
adaptive path » blog » blog archive » A new framework
Todd Williams from Adaptive Path looks at a new (mental/process) framework for design. Really good article - even if you don't ascribe to it, there's loads to think on in there.
design  usability  process  interaction  ux 
september 2006 by infovore
Crazy Egg – visualize your visitors
Crazy Egg is, basically, low-budget heatmapping for the web. Powered by Rails - it'd be interesting to look into this more when certain things go live...
analytics  heatmaps  web  tracking  rubyonrails  statistics  usability 
september 2006 by infovore
37signals: An Introduction to Using Patterns in Web Design
I've read this several times over the past year. Really is time to stick it into delicious, I feel
design  patterns  webdesign  web  usability  prototyping  interactiondesign 
august 2006 by infovore

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