partial recall

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Links for 2010-02-08

  • 25 User Experience Videos That Are Worth Your Time [Smashing Magazine – Jan 05, 2010] – We’re all mostly accustomed to educating ourselves by reading articles. Rare are the opportunities to attend conferences or watch live shows on subjects that we’re interested in. That’s why we are presenting here phenomenal videos and related resources on the topic of user experience (UX) by different presenters at different events. We have focused on current content but have included some older videos that are still relevant. It will take you more than 16 hours to watch all of these videos. So, make some popcorn, turn off the lights and enjoy.
  • 50 Free UI and Web Design Wireframing Kits, Resources and Source Files [Smashing Magazine – Feb 05, 2010] – Planning and communication are two key elements in the development of any successful website or application. And that is exactly what the wireframing process offers: a quick and simple method to plan the layout and a cost-effective, time-saving tool to easily communicate your ideas to others. A wireframe typically has the basic elements of a Web page: header, footer, sidebar, maybe even some generated content, which gives you, your clients and colleagues a simple visually oriented layout that illustrates what the structure of the website will be by the end of the project and that serves as the foundation for any future alterations.
  • Hierarchical Task Analysis [UXmatters – Feb 08, 2010] – A structured, objective approach to describing users’ performance of tasks, hierarchical task analysis originated in human factors. In its most basic form, a hierarchical task analysis provides an understanding of the tasks users need to perform to achieve certain goals. You can break down these tasks into multiple levels of subtasks. In user experience, you can use hierarchical task analysis to describe the interactions between a user and a software system. When designing a new system, hierarchical task analysis lets you explore various possible approaches to completing the same task. When analyzing an existing system, it can help you to optimize particular interactions.
  • User Experience Programme [Forum Nokia] – Nokia has put together a rich and informative website covering the key elements of user experience. Remarkably helpful, no matter what kind of gadget you’re working on.
  • Removing Features [ignore the code – Feb 02, 2010] – Eventually, you will find yourself in a position where your application contains features it should not. Even if you’;ve been vigilant, this will happen.