February 2011

The UX of Frustration

I’ve noticed that topics I might write about here, I ended up writing on Quora.  (Actually Atanasio noticed it, but still, the point is the same.)  Hmm, not sure where that is going. An interesting question about how designers deal with frustration.  Here is my answer: I take the product I design very personally. If it’s bad, it’s my fault, regardless of other people. I take responsibility as head of...

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The UX of Quora

I think I am highly subject to fads.  I used to use the jQuery mailing list every day.  Then it was Experts-Exchange.com, then UXExchange.com, then UI.stackexchange.com and most recently it’s Quora.com.  I am generally hooked into the UX, UI, Design topics.  I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks.  Here are some of my findings about the user experience of using Quora. The best thing about Quora is the...

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UX Artist

Every now and then, one is surprised by something and then forgets about it.  I do my best to remember the things that surprise me.  I try to linger on the things that make my eyes open up a little wider and make my mind work a little harder.  I believe this is good for the designers mind/soul. The other day, I read a Quora question (which I can’t find...

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As an American, I am willing to…

As an American, I am willing to live with… Reduction of the size of the military by 50%. The cost is enormous and we would be just fine with a reduction in forces to half of what we have today.  We would still be spending more on military than most other countries. Reduction of nuclear weapons to 20 ICBM missiles.  We currently have 2,468 Active missiles. (9,600 total)  I think 20...

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The UX of Technical Debt

Technical Debt is a fairly common metaphor used in software development.  (Nice write up.) Ward Cunningham first drew the comparison between technical complexity and debt in a 1992 experience report: Shipping first time code is like going into debt. A little debt speeds development so long as it is paid back promptly with a rewrite… The danger occurs when the debt is not repaid. Every minute spent on not-quite-right code counts...

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Polishing the Apple

Real Artists Ship – Steve Jobs When you are working on a product, feature or even service there are two competing ideals.  On the one hand, you want the product to be perfect and work well with no bugs.  On the other hand, you want to just ship it, to let it go to market even though it really, really sucks and all of the charm has been removed.  How...

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The “Fuck It” Moment

When you only have a few items to look at, you can pay alot of attention.  I have lots of items begging for my attention.  Emails, RSS feed articles, critical alerts from systems, feature requests, ideas, bug reports, summary emails and more all vie for our daily attention. When there are only a few items, it is easy to give them high priority attention.  However, as the volume increases, it gets harder...

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Microsoft’s Cluelessness

I have been a Microsoft guy my whole life.  I used DOS, Windows 3.1 as a kid.  I beta tested Windows 95, Windows 98, NT 4, 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7.  I also beta tested every browser they have ever shipped from the first version of Internet Explorer as well as every version of Office.  I know how to install Active Directory, Exchange and a host of other Microsoft...

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