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 -
Clean and of things to come.
My stationery fetish reaches new heights. Cute pads 2cm by 5cm I must have. 1B pencils
and thickly nibbed felts in a black rubber coated organiser shaped like a pyramid. This dispenser will go to the left.
posted by holloway
on Apr 4, 2001 -
The Layout Reservoir:
For those reluctant to embrace standards compliant design, the good people at Blue Robot
have provided an excellent starting point. The reservoir features three CSS based designs for you to borrow, edit, and learn from. It's a good thing.
posted by aladfar
on Mar 12, 2001 -
Grrrlz R the future of computerz!
A suprisingly warm-hearted and atypically unguyish analysis of the “ridiculous” new iMac colours and what they represent for future computer use. If Apple blew it by not letting teenage boys play games, are they smart to make iMacs attractive to sensitive, design-focused people (including grrrlz) as so-called digital hubs? Or will the boyz shoot ’em up on Wintel while the grrrlz rip boy-band MP3s on groovy iMacs? (My claim: Bondi blue remains the bestest iMac shade ever. Discuss.)
posted by joeclark
on Feb 27, 2001 -
Matt has redesigned his home
and it's certainly not the same as before. It seems to be the season
your weblog. Lots of change is in the air, and the results are a breath of fresh air, if these sites are anything to go by. (Note
too, that he's using custom coldfusion/SQL code on this
box to serve his personal site.)
posted by grestall
on Feb 7, 2001 -
An Ode to the Aeron
-- Something good may come out of the dotcom collapse at last!
As they all go belly up, having lavished lots of their venture capital on $2000 office chairs, will the rest of us finally be able to afford these marvels of office architecture, even if we do have to settle for them being used?
posted by crunchland
on Feb 3, 2001 -
, one of the first sites about art & design, is still up and running. I remember linking to Piotr's site six years ago; at the time I had seen nothing like it.
posted by muta
on Feb 2, 2001 -
Two of the biggest tech news sites seem to be coming up a little short in the creativity department. ZDNet
and CNet News
have both been redesigned recently, and their new similarities are astounding. Worse still, they both now feature huge
ads (which we're supposed to "explore") that completely overwhelm the page.
posted by fraying
on Jan 25, 2001 -
The IDEO identity card project.
I'm fascinated by the micro-genre of busness cards. There's something about that tiny space that seems to get people's creative energy going in ways that even the big wide-open spaces of the web don't (not always in good ways
). These designers are pushing the envelope in every direction: DNA, Bluetooth, plastic bags, incinerators, cameras, anonymity, you name it.
posted by rodii
on Jan 13, 2001 -
This by far
is the all-time worst use of flash ever. Boring, long, and utterly unimportant. It blows -- the competition away!
posted by rschram
on Jan 10, 2001 -
When you're an aiga member they send you e-mail, I usualy don't read them, because they're accouncements of conferences and such, but this one was about Chicago enlisting the help of AIGA to design new election ballots. 'Some possibilities for making Chicago ballots more user-friendly include enlarging candidates' names, changing the font size, altering the color of pages, making wider ballot booklets.' Since I couldn't find the article on-line, I'll just cut-n-paste the e-mail inside. :)
posted by tiaka
on Dec 2, 2000 -
Chicago to enlist graphic designers for friendlier ballots.
[free reg may be req'd] There's been a bunch of discussion about the usability problems with various voting systems, notably punch-card ballots. Chicago didn't have anything as dramatic as a "butterfly" prexy ballot or two pages' worth of candidates, but we still had close to 120,000 discards from 2.1 million votes
-- and when compared with jurisdictions using other systems, there's little evidence to suggest that voters are skipping the presidential ballot. That's just how bad manual punch card technology is. Even if we can't get rid of them just yet, at least we can make sure they aren't confusing.
Did I just post the twenty-sixth
link on Metafilter today? GO AWAY. METAFILTER IS FULL. :)
posted by dhartung
on Nov 29, 2000 -
Gore good, pull down menus bad.
Jakob no likey drop down menus. I searched and could find no reference to the newest Alertbox. It may not necessarily be a hot topic but I have to agree with Mr. Nielsen. Pull down menus suck especially the ones created by CSS. Web design should not try to function like an operating system interface or a republican political campaign.
Did I include enough politics for this post?
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Nov 17, 2000 -
Did anybody else notice that?
Speaking on behalf of .com design interns everywhere, there's really no incentive to try and come up with hot graphics - ours is a thankless job. However, there's still no excuse to be completely lame.
posted by NickBarat
on Nov 15, 2000 -
DynaGirl is having a Design-A-Ballot contest. One printed form and one electronic form will win $75 worth of 'swag'
posted by Mick
on Nov 10, 2000 -
Q: What tastes like lemon
A: Design theft at its most brazen and appalling.
posted by jjg
on Oct 30, 2000 -
has some pretty nice workstation desks (dang cool). I want the one that rotates 120 degrees every 8 hours. (warning: slow site)
posted by jamescblack
on Oct 18, 2000 -
relaunches as probably the most boring, blase portal site I've ever seen and their stock goes up
? Is it just me, or does it look like they bought the site from "Al's Do It Yourself Portals"?
posted by owillis
on Sep 25, 2000 -
I like this site
, but it looks an awful lot like this other site
. Have you no respect for the property of others, Stewart? Must you steal to make yourself feel good?
posted by ericost
on Sep 20, 2000 -
Bake Cookies for your Visitors with Flash.
Another spot on editorial from the folks at Flazoom.com. You know, if Flash developers would practice what Flazoom has been preaching for the past few months, my IT department would never have banned SWF files from our firewall. Gahh...
posted by DragonBoy
on Aug 23, 2000 -
Web art is more than just pictures
- take this cool site for instance, with its strange sounds and flash movies. What I really like about this one, as well as eneri.net is the the emotional aspect, which is very rare on the net. Especially, I recommend you to check out the "contagion" link.
posted by joedrescher
on Aug 20, 2000 -
The Burning Man website
has undergone a massive redesign, it seems. Much better than before, and with only 12 days left to BM2K. I could cry, really... I can't make it this year, nor did I make it to Defcon
, or any other gather.
Bring back stories from the fire for me, people.
posted by Jairus
on Aug 15, 2000 -
Ok, here comes the firestorm. Joel on Software
has some very good things to say -- though, like most user-interface-design mavens, I think about 50% of the time that he hasn't comprehended what the problem really is... but in this piece
, he's wrong.
posted by baylink
on Aug 7, 2000 -
These sliding menus
may not be anything much to you design mavens out there, but to a simple engineer/management consultant like myself, they are addictively neat. Whenever I check out the site, I find myself pulling them out and playing with them while deciding where to go in the site. How'd they do that?
posted by fpatrick
on Jul 28, 2000 -
balthaser has a new concept...forget jakob nielsen, THIS could be the end of web design as we know it!
posted by centrs
on Jul 28, 2000 -
Roger Black on Design.
MacAddict put up an interview with Roger Black from their August 2000 issue. There are a couple of interesting points as in his take on transitioning from print to web:
"I think that the main thing is pretty much to work as you would in print design. A good designer always focuses on the reader or the customer, the viewer, whatever the end-user is. You just have to do that on the Net the same way you do in print.... I do not believe that the technological hurdles are that big. It doesn't seem to me that big of a deal.... Most of the stuff we do on the Web is not particularly difficult. Almost anybody, particularly anybody under thirty growing up in our society has enough technological culture to work with it. Don't get scared. It’s not that big of a deal."
posted by leo
on Jul 20, 2000 -
You must be of legal drinking
age to enter this site.
Oh yes, when I'm in college, I WILL
be one, I WILL
. . . oh yes, it will be mine.
posted by Eric_Reid
on Jul 15, 2000 -