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Month: October 2011

Comic Sans

Q: Can the font, Comic Sans ever look good? A: Comic Sans is meant to be used for comic book circumstances. Normally, these are ALL CAPS. Looks fine in that circumstance. Like this:

The UX of Halloween in the Office

Halloween increases your positive Karma.  It is a proven fact.  I read that somewhere.  It fills your soul with sunshine and lollypops.  I strongly suggest that you get dressed up each year. Here are some of the types of costumes you get: The Full Monty This is when someone spends a ton of time, energy and maybe money on their costume.  It’s not something simple; it is a extravaganza. These costumes are a marvel to look at and you can see the pride in the owners eyes.  Today, someone had  this on. How awesome is that costume!  He won for…

Phone Lust: Samsung Galaxy Note

My hands are not small.  My pockets are not small.  I want a bigger phone.  I don’t want to hold an iPad up to my head, but I do want a bigger phone.  Here it is:  The Samsung Galaxy Note. Apparently it will be available in Europe first this weekend.  However, I would like it to be available here in the US, where I live.  (Is that obvious) It has a mega screen (5.3″) and a ginormous battery (2500 mAh).  Probably a good idea since the screen will suck the life out of the battery.  This thing will make me…

The UX of the Occupy Movement

Disclaimer:  I am a progressive.  I believe taxes should be raised for people making more than 750k per year and defense spending should be cut in half and the National Endowment for the Arts funding should be increased 100x. With that disclaimer out of the way I have to say that I do not understand the Occupy Wall Street movement at all.  What are they protesting?  What are their demands? Here is a description from the website: Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in…

The UX of the Bathroom Sink

Not any bathroom sink; this is the sink in the bathroom at my work.  I use it several times a day.  Take a look. Notice where the water comes out.  It’s all the way to the left edge.  Notice the size of the sink.  90% of the sink is wasted space.  All of the water is on the far left.  When you wash your hands water splashes to the left out of the sink regularly.  You can’t put your hands in the middle and get them wet.  Why would anyone do this?  What kind of sick maniac would design a…

The UX of JS.Everywhere (Wakanday 2011)

I was invited over the weekend to speak at the Wakanday 2011 conference title JS.Everywhere.  It was a fascinating gathering because the emphasis was not on JavaScript in a browser, but rather on the server.  4D is the company sponsoring the event.  They have had a database server product for decades and are trying to evolve into a more modern stack including the front-end.  Those of you who know Node.JS would recognize the effort to put JavaScript as the main server language.  The benefit would be that engineers wouldn’t need to learn multiple languages. The conference was in the heart…

The UX of Quora Notifications

This is how Quora notifications look if you have a bunch. To me, this is borderline criminal UX design.  Why in the world would you repeat the question so many times in a row?  The information grid is pretty straight-forward: Who commented, edited or answered questions that I follow and who voted me up or followed me.  It should be: Question: As an entrepreneur, what’s the best bit of advice you’ve been given? Answered (8): Name, Name, Name, Name, Name, Name, Name, Name      Edited (3): Name, Name, Name Voted up your answer (3): Name, Name, Name And then repeat for each one of these.  It would wildly reduce the number of characters I…

The UX of My First Office

I have never had an office with a door.  At Koko (web development company I ran between 1995-2002) we all sat in an open space.  At Remend, it was an open space.  At Intuit, it was a life-sucking claustrophobic cubicle with 6 foot walls.  At Marketo, I have always insisted on sitting out in the open with the engineers.  Over-the-shoulder communication is paramount to successful design. As the floor has become crowded and we are bringing in a new VP of Product Management, I wanted to ensure that he and I had as much communication as possible.  Ample and healthy…

The UX of Steve Jobs

You can read the news everywhere.  Yesterday Steve Jobs died. When I interview people for a job, one of my stock questions is: “Who are your influences?  Who shaped the way you think about doing your job?”  The answer I got back most often is “Steve Jobs”. Interestingly, people who worked with him called him an untrusting tyrant who criticized everything without rest.  He was a screamer and a dictator who pushed people to their limits.  These same people often say that it made them better at their jobs, but also made them miserable. The UX of Steve Jobs is complex.  His…

The UX of Apple TV (Part I)

After receiving a free Apple TV from a raffle, I immediately thought of a good use for it.  This might sound convoluted, but here goes:  My kid plays drums.  He learned and practices on Rock Band 3 using the Ion Rocker and the xBox.  He also plays in School of Rock.  The next show he has is 80’s music and he is playing drums on several songs that are NOT on Rock Band 3.  The big question for me was “How will he practice?” Youtube typically has people doing drum covers of songs, so if he could watch them play…

I Won a Raffle!

At Dreamforce, lots of booths ask you to drop in their business card to win a prize.  Of course, I did this at plenty of places. Lucky me, I won an Apple TV from Akamai Technologies. One piece of oddness: In the letter to me, they completely got my title wrong.  I dropped my card in, so how did they get it wrong? Other than that, I am excited to try out Apple TV.  I am not sure what to do with it, since I already have an xBox, DirecTV, Netflix and a fancy DVD player with lots of networked…