Have you noticed everything has to be “baked in” to technology projects these days? Is it only me that finds the phrase distasteful? Maybe it’s the rise of cutesy, folksy marketing-speak that’s to blame? If so, Innocent Smoothies and wackaging should be held more accountable. Or possibly it’s the fault of the esteemed Pastry Box […]
The second of my UX Booth articles, concerning the work of Daniel Kahneman and the concept of Cognitive Ease, is now live. In his new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nobel Prize Winner Daniel Kahneman takes us on a fascinating tour of the brain, exploring two theoretical systems that drive the way we think and […]
If you’re like me and use your desktop for temporary files and working documents (before you save them somewhere that’s backed-up), getting to the Desktop in an Open/Save dialogue window is a frequent operation. Fortunately there’s a shortcut key for that – Cmd+D. Very handy. Just don’t use it in Finder! (It’ll delete the currently […]
[Quick note: this post isn’t about the Google search url that’s created when you use Google to search the web. If you’re interested in those “request parameters”, you can’t do better than Google’s own resource: Search Protocol Reference.] As a UX designer, I use web stats a lot. Typically Google’s Analytics product is the go-to source with more […]
Undoubtedly this is an old question and one that I thought I’d answered many years ago (for myself anyway): how do you design form labels so that your visitor understands which fields are required and which are optional?
In the first part of the Psychology and the user experience, we discussed Weibull distributions and their application to site visit durations. In this next part, we’ll look at some psychological principles applicable to our field. The following concepts are unashamedly taken from Susan Weinschenk’s excellent article The Psychologists View of UX Design, UX Magazine:
Content Management Systems attract their fair share of criticism. Certainly, like any tool, they can be abused – but they can also work very well, allowing large teams to manage complex websites across different locations and timezones. Poor training and poor implementation is not the fault of the CMS vendor (necessarily). But sometimes, you see […]