Ever wanted to know why the Bluetooth symbol looks like it does, or what the deal is with the logo on the Command button on Apple keyboards? This link
, which tells the story behind the design of many common user interface symbols, has got you covered.
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 20, 2013 -
Do you use RSS? Not many do, apparently. Goodbye, then, RSS button in the location bar of Firefox 4 (Bugzilla entry
). “RSS is dying
,” a blog hyperbolizes in response, with retort
from Asa Dotzler of Mozilla, who states the functionality is being moved to a menu item.
posted by joeclark
on Jan 3, 2011 -
posted by Phire
on Jan 24, 2010 -
January 14th marks the 4th birthday of jQuery
and also the release of jQuery 1.4
the jQuery team has created the 14 Days of jQuery
site, which will be updated each day with a new announcement or release. There’s also prizes
to be had for the coolest use of jQuery.
posted by Artw
on Jan 14, 2010 -
Since SRI and Xerox invented the GUI and the mouse in the late 1970s, technology has leaped forward, but the way we interact with our computers has stood still. "10/GUI aims to bridge this gap
by rethinking the desktop to leverage technology in an intuitive and powerful way."
posted by Plutor
on Oct 13, 2009 -
Sptnk.org : The Observatory for the Study of Contemporary Culture.
Sputnik is an NY organization that seeks to document, promote, and foster discussion around current trends in culture (I think Sptnk is more a "loose confederation" than an organization, but I can't seem to find much more about them. Here's one of the founder's tongue-in-cheek Linked In page). They just launched a new website which ties together sets of interviews from thinkers and doers in lots of fields. They are organized nicely into "paths"
, and transmissions (presentations). Jonathan Harris
(he blogs at number27.org
) did the design of the site, which is top notch. The production values are not up to ted.com
levels, but the weaving of stories and conversations that is emerging may prove useful. Happy culture hunting!
posted by zpousman
on Jul 2, 2009 -
: what would you do if somebody stole your mouse button?
Yes, it’s flash, and it’s annoying, but that’s the point.
posted by signal
on Jul 8, 2005 -
Metrocard Vending Machine UI critique.
If you've been to New York City in the last few years, then you might be familiar with the MTA
's big silver vending machines in the subways. For those living here it's almost second nature by now. The Windows NT based touch screen UI is really not too bad. Most tourists may opt for a One-day Fun Pass ($4), while the locals already know what to pick. MTA also places posters all over indicating changes to the vending machines, and initially even had posters explaining the various options
posted by riffola
on Jan 7, 2003 -
is project powered by amazon's SOAP API
, with a design and interaction reminiscent of Google's clean no-frills approach. Pretty cool and clean way to use the site (without annoying popups or gold box offers).
posted by mathowie
on Jul 17, 2002 -
This orthopaedic surgery site
seems more like a design exercise than an actual attempt at an informative site. Imagine that someone told you to make the site using poor technology choices, couple it with non-professional content not conducive to trusting the doctors, and add a map to the office that does more to enable chuckles than get people to into the business. It's so bad, it's good, and most definitely do not
skip intro on this one.
posted by mathowie
on Apr 13, 2002 -
A Flash usability white paper
that says Flash can improve the usability of a web site.
"When executed correctly, with attention paid to the needs and wants of users, Macromedia Flash content can actually improve the user experience on any Web site."
Can Flash be saved if developers start thinking about usability? Is this going to impact Jakob Nielsen's 99% figure?
posted by Dugout
on Apr 9, 2001 -
Poor user interface elects George W.
The second hole on the right does not correspond to the second candidate on the left (Gore), but rather to the first candidate on the right (Buchanan). While many people will notice this, many others, especially those with poor vision, will not. About 20% of Buchanan's votes in FL came from the county that used this ballot.
posted by tranquileye
on Nov 9, 2000 -
Why tab based interfaces suck
This site finally fell into interface hell. Originally they used tabs as navigation and still are now... BUT it doesn't work...
Watch... every ecommerce company that copied its interface will also fall into the same interface hell...
The others include ebags.com, urbanfetch and more....
posted by efader
on Apr 8, 2000 -