August 2008

The UX of the new jQuery website

jQuery relaunched their website.  See site here. The comments on the post are fascinating.  The re-design immediately erupted a firestorm of “Yay!” and “Yuck!” proclamations.  Issues such as how professional (or not) it looked or how cool (or not) it looked dominated the threads.  It shows how similar people using the identical tool can bake into it such different mental models. Mental models are incredibly important.  They are the reason...

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Email Best Practices

Every few months, I find the time to update the cross-client html template.  Again, I used the returnPath tool to help me get a handle on best practices.  I improved it over the previous one in a few ways.  Here is a quick list of what I know: SpamAssassin will give you bad marks for spam if you: include the word “Dear” near the top of your message.  (Crazy, huh?)...

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Screen Capture for Mac OS X

I don’t often look at Mac software.  However, today I was helping someone try to find the equivelent of Snagit for the Mac.  Here is what we found: First is Snagit.  Yes, they are considering a mac version.  Other info here.  This would be great.  The latest release of Snagit has kind of a messy UI, but in general it gets the job done and then some.  I use it...

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Design is

Nice collection of quotes about Design. Here is mine: Design is Decisions. I love to point out all the decisions around us that create our environment to my kids.  We are surrounded by decisions of people.  Some made with good thinking and some with faulty thinking.  Design isn’t good or bad.  It’s just the decisions we each make that create the world around us.

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Scaling User Interfaces

The Mozilla Labs UX series is really interesting.  Great use of community to get ideas for the next generation of the browser.  I think they should use something similar to ideaExchange, but that is another issue. One participant is Aza Raskin.  He just posted an idea about tabs.  However, I think the most interesting thing is a comment he made about Scaling.  I noticed a similar thing when I was...

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WordPress Themes & Watches

A long time ago I heard a comment about watches.  You can tell alot about someone from the watch they wear.  Watches aren’t like clothes where you pick a different outfit every day.  It lasts for a while.  People pick their watches pretty carefully.  The watch reflects the person’s personality.  Al Gore had a calculator watch for a while.  Now he has an expensive fancy watch.  Some have digital, some...

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Future Browsing Idea – Server Accounts

Mozilla is a cool insitution.  I dig what they are doing.  This is a perfect example.  They are asking for prototypes or ideas about the future of web browsing.  I find many of the ideas interesting and inspiring, but I also find most of them disconnected from real world examples.  Especially when you strip away the usual “speed improvements” and “fancy animations and transitions”.  The only things left are graphical...

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The UX of the San Mateo County Fair

This weekend is just me and the boys.  It is not terribly hard, but we are watching way more TV than usual.  I am tired and my brain doesn’t work as well.  Katie feels this every day. 🙁 We went to the San Mateo County Fair on Friday.  It was pretty lame.  I remember seeing television shows about County Fairs in the Midwest where everyone in town was there.  There...

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Matthew Drivers License

They give these out at Matthew’s preschool for passing a tricycle test. Great smile. He saw it and said, “I’m wearing my monkey shirt there.” Pretty good for a 4 year old.

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The UX of Large Tree Navigation

I have recently fallen in love with a new UI tool for large trees.  There are numerous examples of applications that need this.  Any application that has a tree on the left with more than 25 nodes would qualify.  (Outlook, Salesforce, Marketo, MSDN, Windows File Manager, etc)  Additionally, all photo sharing sites would benefit from this as well. Look at this prime example from ExtJS.  This screen is where I...

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