Tuesday, September 8, 2009 by Emily Boyd We're really excited today to be launching a big update to Remember The Milk — we're calling it the Smart Add edition (you'll see why in a minute!). With this update, we've focused on making it as fast and easy as possible to add your tasks to Remember The Milk (that's the "smart" bit).
Posted June 4, 2009 in Tools/Resources Freelancers are constantly searching for new resources. Sometimes these resources come in the form of browser plugins and other times as online tools to help us become more productive. There are countless tools, plugins, blogs, social networking sites and other resources out there that can be beneficial to freelancers. You probably already know of a lot of these resources, but some of the quality ones may be hiding from you.
One of the more challenging things as a user interface (UI) designer is to achieve a good balance between showing just enough controls on the screen to allow the user to perform their tasks quickly, and yet not so much that the whole interface looks overwhelming and complicated. Too little controls will mean the user will have to access stuff through menubars and other navigation panels, wasting their time. Too many and the user will just get lost, unable to find the stuff they need.
There is a lot of information out there about various interface design techniques and patterns you can use when crafting your user interfaces and websites, solutions to common problems and general usability recommendations. Following guidelines from experts will likely lead you towards creating a good user interface — but what exactly is a good interface? What are the characteristics of an effective user interface? Here are 8 things I consider a good user interface needs to be:
I can safely say that usability these days on the Web is much better than it was several years ago. The Web is growing up and designers are learning and discovering optimal ways of doing things, as well as optimizing and re-working their current sites to make them better and better. Yet there are still many sites today that make basic mistakes that have a very negative impact on usability and visitor loyalty. Sometimes it’s easier to say what you shouldn’t do instead of do, so here are my 7 usability issues to avoid when working on your websites: 1.
If you find 100 comments on a blog post or 100 reviews of a new book or 100 tweets about you... and two of them are negative, while 98 are positive... which ones are you going to read first? If you're a human being and you're telling the truth, the answer is pretty obvious: you want to know which misguided losers had nasty things to say and you want to know what they said. In fact, if we're being totally truthful, it's likely you're going to take what the critics had to say to heart. That's a shame.
If you’ve ever hooked up your laptop to a secondary monitor and then disconnected without remembering to move the windows back to the primary desktop, you’ve probably encounted this problem: The application is running. You can see it in the taskbar, but you can’t see it on the screen, because it still thinks it’s running on the secondary monitor.