Usability

Design Patterns for Info Design

For your inner UI Geek: Information Design Patterns. Christian Behrens posts his master’s thesis (interface design) online in a flash interface, so you can browse and explore all the permutations.

Nearly 50,000 votes to go uncounted in LA County

The Decline To State double bubble ballot problem: LA Times: An estimated 49,500 primary nonpartisan ballots are marked wrong, due to design and poll instruction problems. That’s nearly twice the number of ballots than were counted for John Edwards in L.A. County. An estimated 49,500 votes were cast incorrectly in Los Angeles County by nonpartisan […]

Catty comments about Operating System names

In the alphabet of names, does Panther come before Leopard? Numbers and names for operating systems. Me? I like names for domain names and web sites. I remember http://apple.com much easier than I remember, say, http://17.254.3.183 But there are times when numbers are better than names. Such as for software version numbers. Operating system versions. […]

Gen flash?

Is there a generation gap for user experience? The stuff my generation won’t abide is stuff that a younger generation finds wicked cool. Er, uh, including Flash.

Flash Sites. Mostly infographics

So I’m back taking another class at PCC again. This time: Flash. 10 years ago, Jeff Foster told me (ere I was about to complete a 700+ page book on Bryce), “Susan, you should write your next book about this cool thing that just came out. It’s called Flash. It’s gonna be big.” Needless to […]

On Status Quo: He said, he said, she said, he said

Kottke said something. Eric responded. In so many words, Status Quo is okay. I like the way things are. It works as is. * On topic, but not part of the discussion thread: Shelley said, in a response to a comment I made: “The field needs to change.” (Ah! I went to Shelley’s site to […]

Watching other people work

“I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.â€? (Jerome K. Jerome) I’m fascinated by watching other people work. Not exactly in the way Jerome had in mind. I’ve been preparing for a beginner Podcasting session at BlogHer (gonna post my “I’m speaking badge” any day now. What? It’s […]

Dell Hell, A Man Named Ken Musgrave, and No Concession to the Hated User

So I see from Jeff Jarvis (the documenter of Dell Hell) that Dell’s got a new blog. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. So I go and take a peek. And what I see makes me laugh and laugh and laugh. There’s a post there by a person named Ken Musgrave. Whose job title […]

on Earthlink’s permission-based spam blocker app

So I just sent an email to someone. It’s one of those out of the blue, “I saw something on your website” kinds of emails. I get an instant response from the email address. So soon? No, it’s a “sorry, apologies, but there’s a one-time hoop you’ve got to jump through” message with a link […]

The latest in Web 2.0: OurStory. It’s beta, and it breaks

I spent a while today checking out the just-launched OurStory, a site for telling and sharing stories. The site is prominently labeled BETA, and that’s a true statement. I tried to create and post a story on the site. It won’t appear. I’ve posted a review, complete with screenshots and gory details. UPDATE: Heard back […]