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10 Best Creative Writing Prompts You get better at any skill through practice, and creative writing prompts are a great way to practice writing. At the end of every article on The Write Practice, we include a writing prompt so you can put what you just learned to use immediately. And we invite you to share your writing with our community so you can get feedback on your work. The Write Practice is more than just a writing blog.
30 Must Have Chrome Extensions For Web Developers - The Web Developer Times Here’s the list of must have chrome extensions for web developers. Many of these are useful to both web developers and designers. All of these help me a lot when I am working on websites. Social Software Building Blocks / nForm / Customer Research, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Usability, User Experience There are lots of definitions of social software out there, ranging from the clinical (“software that enables people to connect through computer-mediated communication”) to the pragmatic (“stuff that gets spammed”). While doing research for a recent workshop, I came across a useful list of seven social software elements. These seven building blocks–identity, presence, relationships, conversations, groups, reputation and sharing–provide a good functional definition for social software.
Alex Frankel on How Employees Create Brand How are brands defined by their internal culture? How are customer-facing employees defining and marketing their company's brand? Alex Frankel, author of Punching In, came to Customer Service is the New Marketing to share his undercover experiences as a corporate culture chameleon. When Frankel started the project, he assumed that he would be an equally good worker in any environment. What he discovered, however, was the opposite; his success in each role had to do with whether or not he was actually a good fit for that retail culture. How to make a professional logo design, web logo design, internet branding The Golden Arches. The Swoosh. The Shell. You remember them all like you remember the lyrics to Ice-Ice Baby. It’s a company’s identity.
Creative writing prompts that you can do in 10 minutes What can you write in 10 minutes or less? Let’s find out! For a quick creative writing exercise, try one of the 21 writing prompts below, excerpted from Chronicle Books’ 642 Tiny Things to Write About. Each prompt was created by a writing teacher at the San Francisco Writers Grotto to be done in 10 minutes or less. 40 Creative Navigation Menus One of the first things to do when planning out a new website is to work out all of the content that will be in the site. You then divide that up into sections and then into various levels of navigation. The result is a boring list of links.
Usability News 62 - Bernard Usability News is a free web newsletter that is produced by the Software Usability Research Laboratory (SURL) at Wichita State University. The SURL team specializes in software/website user interface design, usability testing, and research in human-computer interaction. Barbara S. Chaparro, Editor By Michael Bernard & Ashwin Sheshadri
Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Customer Community Brian Oberkirch of Small Good Thing moderated a wide-ranging exploration of customer service communities at yesterday's Customer Service is the New Marketing summit. (Flickr photo by dougfl07.) Matt Mullenweg of Automattic summed up the panel's threads well with a single metaphor: If everyone showed up to your house for a party, would you stay away?
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Jesse James Garrett: Visual Vocabulary for Information Architecture Looking for more? My book The Elements of User Experience puts information architecture and interaction design in context for beginners and experts alike. You can now order the book from Amazon.com. version 1.1b (6 March 2002) Jesse James Garrett (contact) Translations of this document are available: