All posts by: Rob Fay

a blog of ideas, links, and musings.

Links for 2009-07-28

07.28.2009.

AXUREWORLD – AXUREWORLD IS A FREE COMMUNITY-DRIVEN WEB BASED EVENT SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 10, 2009. – AXUREWORLD IS A FREE COMMUNITY-DRIVEN WEB BASED EVENT SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 10, 2009. SHARE KNOWLEDGE AND DISCUSS AXURE PROTOTYPING. Nine Essential Characteristics of Good UX Designers [Evantage Consulting – Jul 23, 2009] –... Read more

Links for 2009-07-01

07.01.2009.

Sketchnotes from the UIE Roadshow [Intridea Company Blog – Jul 01, 2009] – …User Interface Engineering Roadshow in Washington, DC. The day was chock-full of insight and wisdom from usability guru Jared Spool, founder of UIE.com. In taking notes during the workshop, (Dave Potsiadlo) decided to take his first... Read more

Links for 2009-06-16

06.16.2009.

PHOTO: LessEverything’s UI Test Results #3: Flipping Perhaps this validates Apple’s UI guideline of placing the primary action button on right. HTML 5: Could it kill Flash and Silverlight? [InfoWorld – Jun 16, 2009] – HTML 5, a groundbreaking upgrade to the prominent Web presentation specification, could become a... Read more

Interaction Designers are Idiots

06.09.2009.

The title is not true, but it does grab your attention, huh? Nice use of Twitter – @shorterjakob: New Alertbox: IxDA mailing list people are f%&$ idiots: http://tr.im/nOtp So I saw some retweets of this synopsis of Jakob Nielsen’s latest Alertbox. What made me laugh is that it’s so... Read more

Links for 2009-06-05

06.09.2009.

Windows User Experience Design Principles [Microsoft Developer Network] – The Importance of Analytics in User Experience UX specialists have got to get a whole lot better at analytics. Why not get started by reading this presentation by Louis Rosenfeld? American Airlines Web Site: The Product of a Self-Defeating Design... Read more

Links for 2009-06-08

06.08.2009.

Guesses vs. Data as Basis for Design Recommendations [Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox – Jun 09, 2009] – Even the tiniest amount of empirical facts (say, observing 2 users) vastly improves the probability of making correct UI design decisions. Visual thinking school [Dave Gray, Squidoo] – Visual thinking is a broad... Read more

Links for 2009-05-26

06.05.2009.

20 Websites to Help You Master User Interface Design [Six Revisions – Oct 15, 2008] – The following websites deal with interface design, user experience, user-centered design, usability, and everything in between – all with the goal of enhancing the user’s interface. Handbook of Usability Testing: Templates and Forms... Read more

Links for 2009-05-29

05.29.2009.

Google Wave Preview – Google Wave is a new tool for communication and collaboration on the web, coming later this year. Watch the demo video below, sign up for updates and learn more about how to develop with Google Wave. User Interface Prototyping and Wireframes [FlairBuilder] – FlairBuilder is... Read more

Links for 2009-05-22

05.22.2009.

Wiki Patterns [Wikipatterns] – Wikipatterns.com is a toolbox of patterns & anti-patterns, and a guide to the stages of wiki adoption. It’s also a wiki, which means you can help build the information based on your experiences! Beyond this site, there are many other additional resources. Dave Gray’s reading... Read more

Links for 2009-05-01

05.01.2009.

Is Interaction Design a dead-end job? 960 Gridder – Lay out websites with ease – 960 Gridder is an excellent tool for any web developer/ designer that wants to easily align, match and/or lay out websites. 10 Best UX (User Experience) Design Blogs [Blogs.com] – Whitney Hess’ top 10... Read more

Links for 2009-04-21

04.23.2009.

“Taking Your Talent to the Web” is now a free downloadable book from zeldman.com [Jeffrey Zeldman – Apr 16, 2009] – Rated Five Stars at Amazon.com since the day it was published, “Taking Your Talent to the Web” is now a free downloadable book from zeldman.com. In Defense of... Read more

Links for 2009-04-09

04.09.2009.

Mix 09: Bill Buxton on Design & Return on Experience [Presentation Zen – Apr 09, 2009] – You may not have heard of Bill Buxton yet, but the Canadian designer and computer scientist is well known in the field of human–computer interaction. Currently he is Principal Researcher at Microsoft... Read more

Links for 2009-04-03

04.03.2009.

Labels inside form fields [Attardi] – A new pattern is emerging for the placement of input field labels. One which, in my user tests, yields much better results. Labels are now often placed inside the field itself. This pattern is used consistently, for example, in Facebook and throughout Apple’s... Read more

Links for 2009-03-26

03.26.2009.

Why I am no longer calling myself an information architect. Survey: When is an Accordion not an Accordion? Everywhere I go lately, it seems that interaction designers and web developers are talking about accordion widgets and debating about what makes an accordion an accordion. Not everyone working in this... Read more

Links for 2009-03-20

03.20.2009.

Goodbye Google – Part 1 of 2 IA Summit 2009 Twitter List [Brian Hansen – Google Doc Spreadsheet] – A list of Twitter names of presenters and attendees at the 2009 Information Architecture Summit, held in Memphis, TN from March 19-22. Slides On The Go! SlideShare Launches Mobile Site... Read more

Memphis, Here I Come

03.16.2009.

This Thursday marks the 10th annual IA Summit, held in Memphis, TN. Actually, it begins earlier, but the main conference begins on Thursday. My apologies to friends I will meet there. Being the avid college basketball fan that I am, I feel organizers made a royal blunder by scheduling... Read more

Links for 2009-03-16

03.16.2009.

Dieter says “Thou shalt not produce crappy designs.” – Well, not in those exact words. Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning [Emerging Technologies for Learning] – Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning The UX Workshop – The UX Workshop is a global hub where User Experience professionals and enthusiasts... Read more

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