The UX of Sidewalks

I was walking back from Ethan’s school yesterday on the sidewalk.  Suddenly, I noticed the lines in the sidewalk.  Without even realizing it, I had been either avoiding or hitting the lines on the purpose with my foot.  In other words, I was predicting, subconsciously, whether or not my foot would hit a line and…

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Logos

When working on logos, its often hard to get started.  It seems there are so many logos that have been done and you want to be original.  The Web2.0 Expo had a collection on their site of sponsors.  For me, it was a beautiful colelction of modern logos. The logo is such a wonderful design…

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jQuery problem solving

A guy on the jQuery mailing list asked how to achieve a goal. He had a table with checkboxes in  them.  He wanted the last checkbox to change the values of all the ones in that row.  The first answer came from Roman Weich which was: $(‘input.rowChecker’).click(function(){  $(this).parent().siblings(‘.updateItems’).find(‘input[@type=checkbox]’).attr(‘checked’,this.checked);}); I loook at it and thought.  Hmm, it…

JavaScript renaissance

JavaScript Libraries are definetely changing the way developers approach the client-side.  Richness in the UI is becomming easier and easier.  (Remember designers: With great UI power comes great UI responsibility.)What is happening now is an explosion of different libraries that all do similar things in different ways.  Of course, I am a staunch support of…

Book, by Glen Lipka

I am interested in writing a book.  It’s hard to get started and get organized.  The theme of the book is this: People who know HTML and CSS, but are newbies or know nothing about JavaScript can create nice looking but static websites.  They can’t add interactivity unless an engineer helps them out.  I was…

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Microsoft Vista UX Report

I saw this article while searching for the use of animated logos as "please wait" icons.http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511284.aspx It is part of a larger UX guidelines kit from MS regarding VIsta.http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511258.aspx Amazingly, it is quite objective and even harsh against certain Microsoft tendencies.  I think it’s awesome that a company can be that objective and publish "bad…

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LinkedIn

I used to slam LinkedIn for being too complicated.  It was so hard to just get up and running because you needed to know everyone’s email.  However, after using it for a little while, it has grown on me.  It has nice features and a crisp design.  Several UX things they do, I have adopted…

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TurboTax Tests

Some of the UX Designs I made for TurboTax are going live.   I HAD temporary links.  Some people at Intuit who shall remain nameless have objected to showing them. So I am going to make local copies and host them myself.  The test is also delayed, so I will wait a little bit to put them up.…

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Pictures

Ok, so I redirected http://pictures.kokopop.com to go to the new place.  I like it, but I still have some reservations.  Plus we need to tag and upload about 6 gigs of photos.  Ugh!Additionally, I am getting a little annoyed with PowWeb.  The speed seems to be getting slower and slower.  Plus they still haven't upgraded…

Theme

I am liking this theme for WordPress.  I am changing (as you might have noticed) the picture above each post from http://pictures.kokopop.com.What do you think?I have been getting more and more into Search Engine Marketing for work.  Google AdWords and Yahoo Search Marketing.  Today, I crawled through the Yahoo SM interface.  Alof ot interesting stuff. …

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PowerPoint 2007 for UX Design

I have never used Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 for UX design before.  It's actually quite an improvement over the 2003 version.  The ability to manage styles so easily really has made using it a pleasure for my task, which is UX Design.  I have literally designed a major portion of the Marketo app in record time using…

Designers and Corporate America

Thanks to Rachael Luxemburg for sending me this great article about what I go through. All of the creative community I work with thought it was right on the mark. I am still in love with jQuery by the way. It is much easier to deal with than the Jets. I wanted to make a…

Virtual Magnifying Glass

Virtual Magnifying Glass/ This is a great tool that will be added to my little utility belt along with TrayColor. They are both free and each one does one thing very well. I love specialized software like that. I also saw a preview of Wallop.com. I don’t know if anyone has an account, but it…

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Books and Good Design

Had a great conversation with Abigail about books.  I suggested The Autobiography of Malcolm X.  Lots happening.  I am out of my regular schedule.  This page from Don Norman caught my eye.  I aspire one day to be on it.  Read the part about Outlook.  I had no idea this was possible.  In the date field…

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Empathy in Interaction Design

I just read a passage in the book Flow. (page 148) I had to highlight it.Since childhood he had been fascinated with machinery of every kind. He was especially drawn to anything that wasn’t working properly: "Like when my mother’s toaster went on the fritz, I asked myself: ‘If I were that toaster and I…

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You Win Some, You Don’t Lose Some

Well the results are in, and the Turbotax test did not lose. It actually won by a little. But it didn’t win by enough to justify changing so radically, which would have meant rethinking all of the tests coming up in the next few weeks. It’s a bummer. It was a good design. I don’t…

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First Big Test

My first big test at Intuit is a new homepage for TurboTax.com. I am very excited and nervous. Take a look at the homepage now. If it has tabs on the left side in blue and gray, then it is the one we are testing. I am very nervous about it. Lots of analytics and…

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The Paradox of Choice

I was recently, at work, given the book, The Paradox of Choice, to read. It confirms many anecdotal stories and observations I have had about human behavior and decision making. A long time ago, I heard a report on NPR about a study that said, “People who research decisions and review many alternatives are usually…

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Emotional Design

I bought the new Gillete Fusion Razor with battery. I didn’t have high hopes, but I had to know, would a battery powered razor be any better than a normal razor? The answer, I can answer from this morning is yes. The thing vibrates, so it feels like it is much harder to cut myself.…

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Pride and Embarrassment

I realized something interesting about books I was reading in public. Some books I would hold high and almost invite people to see what book I was reading. Some books, I would hold low and cover the spine. This pride and embarrassment syndrome was almost unconscious, but I noticed it. I definitely think a book…

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More Flickr

Flickr is going well. I forwarded http://pictures.kokopop.com to our Flickr address so you dont need to remember a new thing. So far I have uploaded 1042 pictures taken from 1999-2003. I have about another 1500 to go from 2004 and 2005. I think. I have been looking through the pictures and making sure the dates…

Flickr

I am pleased with Flickr.com in general. The capabilities are pretty diverse and robust. The only complaint I have (and of course, this is the one thing I would pick on) is the UI. There spread all kinds of features around the page in seemingly random fashion. I found some pretty useful features completely by…

What technology for RIA?

A dated, but good presentation about RIA using Macromedia products. I still think Macromedia Flash is the best avenue to build real RIA business applications today. However, I see clearly the problem with choosing this technology. In many organizations, the engineering group dictates the technology used on the client-side. It takes alot of management risk…

Negative Bias of the Brain

Quick article from Psychology Today. June, 2003. This is exactly what I was discussing with Katie. Our brains react more strongly to negative stimulus. Having a positive attitude is harder than having a negative one. This is the exact opposite of “It takes more muscles to frown than to smile.” Fascinating.

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Hey Instant Messenger

Donald Norman wrote a few lines in his book, Emotional Design, about Instant Messenger. He proposed that the main function of IM is to provide emotional connection between people and not to communicate specific information. Most of the IM traffic around the world can be summed up with the following exchange: Person A: Hey. Person…

Design

For work, I need to edit a file originally made in Adobe inDesign. I have never used it before. I will report my findings. Speaking of Design, I just finished reading Donald Norman’s book, The Design of Everyday things. I also just started another of his books, Emotional Design. The books are fairly well written…

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Eavesdropping

When people are having a conversation really close to you, is it rude to eavesdrop? I mean if they are not being quiet and you were sitting there minding your own business, what are you supposed to do? I am sitting in this situation right now. Should I put on my head phones? Scream? Pretend…

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User Experience

Recently alot of movement has been seen on the User Experience side of the web. 1. http://www.zimbra.com/ has a new Email client on the web using Ajax. It’s features and usability improvements over Outlook are impressive. 2. Lazlo Mail is a flash Email client that is debuting on Earthlink. 3. News.com has a new UI.…

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Internet Explorer Mail / News

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 17, 1997 (One of my first design critiques) Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 3.0 is expected to be released in beta in just two weeks. The much anticipated upgrade to 2.0 will include many features Netscape holds a monopoly over. New functions will include Java support and an integrated email and newsgroup system.…