You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it. ? Albert Einstein Assessment The test scores are out again. And once again, American kids aren't doing so well. You can choose any of the international standardized tests and on average, American children will always be stuck in the middle, compared with their peers in other countries. Teaching Kids Design Thinking, So They Can Solve The World's Biggest Problems | Co.Design
Awesome Pure CSS3 frame boxes (no images) Well, this is our first css resource freebie, inspired in the recently released useful photo frames. We have designed this set of high quality boxes without using images, pure CSS3 advanced techniques. :) These boxes works in webkit browsers only (chrome, safari) for now, we will work to release a cross browser version soon. Usage is pretty simple, just <div class=”box10″><p>content here</p></div> And that’s all!
Communication Crisis I have reached a personal communication crisis. Too many channels. Too many messages. Too much noise. Too much guilt.
User-Centered Design (the focus of this section) is a well-established process that is used by IBM and many other organizations to deliver products that meet users' expectations. This process has been supplemented by the Outside-In Design approach (see the book on this subject), which brings a focus on business value, and by the Agile approach to development, which is a set of best practices that can be used to support iterative development to improve time to market and stakeholder value. What is User-Centered Design? Design
Increasing numbers of websites are developing new types of user interface design, taking advantage of users' increasing levels of Internet-sophistication and faster connections. These new interfaces often allow users to view and manipulate large quantities of data. This article will have a look at some of the more interesting user interface design ideas we've come across recently: Slider-based filtering Fisheye menus Treemaps Drag-and-drop Innovative user interface design
SketchCamp | Sketching the Future of UX – May 28, 2011
A website is never done. Everyone has worked on a project that changed so much after it launched that they no longer wanted it in their portfolio. One way to help those who take over your projects is to produce a style guide.
To a lot of people Information Architecture (IA) is some kind of remote construct with no apparent significance. However, IA permeates every aspect of our lives, and for e-commerce sites, good information architecture is paramount to success. Effectively, IA helps us to make sense of a world where data is being generated at an unprecedented rate. Our ability to make sense of all this data is heavily influenced by how it’s accessed, organised and delivered. The numbers, words and pictures have to manifest as something you can interpret, understand and act upon. This is what turns raw data into information. Site search: five ways to improve your information architecture
Passive magic, design of delightful experience Why is Google Maps on a mobile device so amazing and delightful? Why does Word Lens feel so mind-blowing? Why does a Prius feel so good when you get in and go?
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Remove onClick delay on webkit for iPhone Developing on the webkit for iPhone I encountered a curious delay on onClick events. It seems that the click is triggered with about 300 milliseconds delay. While this is unnoticeable on a standard web page, it can be annoying on a web application. Fortunately the click event can be overridden thus eliminating the delay. I assume that 300ms is the time frame Apple guesses an user needed to perform gestures, but there are situations where this delay can be really annoying.
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At the BAYCHI Interaction Design event tonight, Rachel Hinman (Nokia) talked about where and how to begin designing for mobile in her presentation on Mobile UX Essentials . Here's my notes from her talk. Mobile is an interesting space but how do you get involved in it? Companies are hungry to know what to do with mobile but teams aren’t sure where to start. Mobile UX Essentials
Flattr's sign-up process: is this how you'd design it? The core idea of Flattr is great. You define a set amount of money each month (say $5) to tip content creators. Then, whenever you see something you like, you click their Flattr button and they get given a slice of your monthly quota. The size of the slice depends on how many people you tip that month – the more you tip, the less each individual gets. The concept is a bit weird at first, but if you think about it, the idea of a single-click micropayment tool is actually quite compelling.
Jeff Sauro • January 11, 2011 The short answer is no. Whether free or paid, use software, and you have to agree to pages of legalese. So-called End User License Agreements or "EULAs" are ubiquitous. Do users read license agreements?: Measuring Usability Blog
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Five high-level principles that guide my design. 1. Technology Serves Humans. Too often people blame themselves for the shortcomings of technology. When their computer crashes, they say “I must have done something dumb”. If a web site is poorly designed, they say “I must be stupid.
The Pros & Cons of A/B Testing for Startups One of the topics we touch on from time to time here at ReadWriteStart is the importance of solid design aesthetics for Internet startups. One of the key elements in creating a user-friendly design is A/B testing - a process by which two or more variations of a design element are tested with different groups of users. A/B testing, however, doesn't apply strictly to the visuals of a site; it can also be a useful tool for startups hoping to learn what their users like best.
Users always surprise because their behaviour changes with their environment. The online experience, and more specifically the tools that users have available to them when searching, is evolving with the introduction of Google Instant and Google Instant Preview and behaviour will be changing again. Google Instant Previews allows users to see what a website looks like before committing to click through to the website. Google Instant Previews - Eye Tracking shows it's game changing - SimpleUsability News SimpleUsability News - SimpleUsability Market Research & Usability Testing\ and Eye Tracking in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK
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