Category: User Centered Design

When I was in college, there was a class that occurred every semester where we always knew when its most popular exercise was taking place. Students would be everywhere on campus with blindfolds on, being led by their guide person to classes and lunch. I’m reminded of this class experiment when I visit web sites with clumsy navigation. They may start off with a simple “walk forward” link and think this is good. However, it’s not. If you’re blindfolded andRead more…

One thing you can count on when it comes to “usable” web site design is that nobody can agree on what that is. Is the perfect user experience when a web page comes up near the top in search engine rank? Is it high conversions? Is it a site that blind persons can use? One of the quirks of Twitter is that you can participate in spontaneous one on one conversations and your “followers” can “listen” in. The other dayRead more…

A few nights ago I dreamed I was arguing with a woman named Mary. No matter what I did, I was being judged. I woke up, fell back to sleep, and continued to have a yelling match with her. Next, I was standing outside on a hill watching a gigantic tornado funnel cloud heading directly towards me. I ran around trying to warn people, but they were ignoring me. As the tornado hit, I found shelter under an overhanging cliffRead more…

What brings people together isn’t always understood, but I’m starting to believe that when we’re touched deeply, there is a hook of some sort, even if we can’t label it. It’s something we feel but can’t always put into words. What keeps us together, returning, or tied to each other may be something unique, confusing, private and unexplainable. The incentive to hold on can change, even on a whim. It’s this way with relationships of any kind. It’s this wayRead more…

There’s an unusually high number of extraordinary writing this week that deserve mention. Each piece has something in it that may hit home for you and all are educational. First up is a debut article written for a print publication. The author, Sophie Wegat of Think Prospect, in Australia, is a Site Administrator for Cre8asiteforums and business owner. Her article is called Building a Website on a Budget (PDF link). She writes, When it comes to setting your online budgetRead more…

If you want to stand out in a crowd, be yourself. I have a passion for creative thinkers, funny writers, belly button ponderers and those who give more than they take. Here are some writers who impress me. In no particular order: Aaron Wall thinks a lot. His recent Inadequacy & the Chance to Change is sexy as hell. I could easily find myself wanting to sit for hours on end sucking in every word and getting high on allRead more…

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