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Link: “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays” showdown – nearly double the conversion rate! →

December 28th, 2010

Fascinating research on how well people respond to the “politically correct” salutation over “Merry Christmas” (Christmas was the clear winner, even over using both.)

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December 13th, 2010

“I worry about the medium, because not enough designers are working in that vast middle ground between eye candy and hardcore usability where most of the web must be built. And there are fewer and fewer incentives for web designers to toil in these fields, since this type of work pleases web users but wins absolutely no recognition from the industry, aside from a paycheck. (“My God, it loaded so quickly and worked so well, even in IE3 on my Dad’s old Dell machine.” You know how awards show judges are always saying things like that? Neither do I.)”

Style vs. Design by Jeffrey Zeldman

Link: Why there are so few design founders - Jason Cooper →

December 11th, 2010 1 note

Is design really still undervalued on the web? That seems to be the main premise, but either way, this article has some interesting points.

Link: Showcase Of Beautiful But Unusable Websites - Smashing Magazine →

December 9th, 2010

Exploring the sites in this article, my favorite so far is the Theologos jewelry site. It’s like they designed the site to be more like a movie about jewelry.

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December 7th, 2010

“We need to embrace the idea that UX is necessarily multi-disciplinary—not just within different communities of practice, but within individual skill sets. People are surprised to hear that I speak at conferences about content strategy and yet still do interaction design work for clients. Why can’t I love them both? I loved them both when I called them information architecture.”

UX: The Enemy Within - 52 Weeks of UX

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December 2nd, 2010

I don’t even like news or sports but this photo sucked me right in. Very cool stuff in the post, too — click through and check out the video.

How BlackBerry Could Benefit From a Swedish Redesign | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

I don’t even like news or sports but this photo sucked me right in. Very cool stuff in the post, too — click through and check out the video.

How BlackBerry Could Benefit From a Swedish Redesign | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

(Source: tat.se)

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December 1st, 2010

This is a pretty great ad. Logitech Revue with Google TV - Kevin Bacon (via logitech)

Link: Why is there such a stunningly short supply of designers in Silicon Valley right now? →

November 30th, 2010

So many great answers to this question on Quora. Great read for anyone looking to build a design team, or for anyone involved in educating future UX designers.

Link: The real value of startup options →

November 23rd, 2010

So far, I have found myself subscribing to the “assume your equity is valueless and be pleasantly surprised if you find otherwise” argument when joining a startup and understanding what the options they offer you are worth.

This article describes another way to look at it, that actually makes sense. At the end, though, it’s still just a guess.

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November 19th, 2010

“Liked items are for advertisers, they’re not for you. In Facebook’s estimation, you don’t need to remove a page you no longer like, because you are never going to visit it anyway.”

Managing Facebook Like. Or not. – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report

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November 18th, 2010 2 notes

“We’d like somebody who writes <b> instead of <B>, but not someone who writes, say, <strong>. We’d like someone who isn’t all “durrrr” when they look at Photoshop, but we’d prefer someone who typically inflicts their general averageness on HTML instead of graphic design.”

Run-of-the-mill startup seeks mediocre designer (via @jasonfried)

Link: Capt.io is a dead simple notes app done right — everydayUX →

October 29th, 2010

Someone was talking about this use case the other day — how to deal with all your “note to self”s — this could be your answer. Program this app to send them all to evernote (or whatever cataloging method you prefer) and prefix them with a tag that works for you.

Link: Cordless Dog: Stay →

October 26th, 2010 1 note

I use a laptop at work with a separate monitor. I often unplug and go into the conference room to project my screen, then re-plug in to my monitor when done. Then, if I work from home, I’m working on the laptop alone.

Every time I unplug from a display or a projector, I have to reconfigure my windows to where I had them. It’s time consuming and kind of silly.

That’s why I can’t believe it took me so long to download the trial of Cordless Dog’s Mac application, Stay. It’s genius. You set up your windows the way you like, then hit Save, and it automatically puts them back if you switch displays. I don’t know how it does it, it just works.

Totally worth the $15, but they have a 30-day trial just to make sure.

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October 18th, 2010

“No one crumples a blank sheet of paper”

Frank Chimero - How to Have an Idea

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October 13th, 2010 1 note

Everything Explained Through Flowcharts by Doogie Horner looks like a delightful book. I love flowcharts. Wishlisted! — via swissmiss

Everything Explained Through Flowcharts by Doogie Horner looks like a delightful book. I love flowcharts. Wishlisted! — via swissmiss

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