October 18, 2007

Top 100 User Centred blogs

As the links says... Go read.

And for the lazy among you, here's the Top 10.

  1. Signal vs. Noise
  2. 456 Berea Street
  3. ./with Imagination
  4. Functioning Form
  5. This is Broken
  6. Adaptive Path
  7. Boxes and Arrows
  8. A List Apart
  9. UX Matters
  10. UX Magazine

September 21, 2007

Thermo @ Max

Is this a dream product???

You will lead a highly motivated team developing an innovative new tool, codenamed Thermo, that will enable designers and creatively inclined developers to easily build rich internet applications and interactive content. “Thermo” will streamline the process of adding interactivity, behavior and motion to creative assets and will work seamlessly with both Adobe’s Creative Suite tools, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks and Flash, and with developer oriented tools such as Flex Builder.

Thermo is a strategic project for Adobe. It will enable designers to more efficiently build the richer experiences that are reshaping the internet and give developers greater control over creative assets without leaving the development paradigm that fits the way they work.

Found while having a nosey here.

And it looks like the cats out the bag... Thermo will be forming a big part of the keynote at Adobe Max (Europe) in a couple of weeks.

May 25, 2007

Tumblr

I've been using Tumblr recently and I really love it. It's a small blogging service which concentrates on making it very quick and easy to add lots of bits and pieces of different content and not on writing long wordy posts.

A couple of things which are particularly good are: the grabbable bookmark (allowing you to very easily grab almost any content from the website you're looking at and re-post it to tumblr); and the RSS integration tool (which can pull in any content you add to any of your favourite web2.0 sites or any RSS feeed). It also formats different content in a pleasantly different way meaning the resulting weblog look really quite nice.

A very good example of a service which adds value simply by making something which is fairly easy and fun to do even more easy and more fun and just.... better. If Orange wanted to provide some kind of blogging tool to it's customers which integrated easily with the all services their techy customers already use, but was easy enough for even the grannies to start playing with this would be just about perfect.

Oh yeah and here's a link to mine ;-)

April 24, 2007

Understanding users, anywhere, anytime

Google lays out its Mobile User Experience strategy.

Which one are you?

A) Repetitive Now
The user is someone checking for the same piece of information over and over again, like checking the same stock quotes or weather. Google uses cookies to help cater to mobile users who check and recheck the same data points.

B) Bored Now
These are users who have time on their hands. People on trains or waiting in airports or sitting in cafes. Mobile users in this behavior group look a lot more like casual Web surfers, but mobile phones don't offer the robust user input of a desktop, so the applications have to be tailored.

C)Urgent Now
This is a request to find something specific fast, like the location of a bakery or directions to the airport. Since a lot of these questions are location-aware, Google tries to build location into the mobile versions of these queries.

Read more here.

Via Small Surfaces, a site that tracks articles about interaction design, user interface design, user experience, usability and social trends related to mobile devices.

April 23, 2007

mymovie mashup

Mymoviemashup MySpace has partnered with Vertigo films and Film 4 to launch mymovie mashup. The hunt for a director is on, and there are over 500 submissions already which isn't surprising when there is over £1 million budget for this feature. This is part of a ten "act" submission where they are looking for everything from cast to distribution.

Also, It's good to see a well executed customisation of their MySpace homepage. It immediately caught my attention and i was clicking around for more info straight away. Hmm, how did they get rid of that banner ad in the header?!

December 27, 2006

Adobe CS3 suite on it's way...

So for your first instalment, here's a sneak peak at the new icons from John Nack, Adobe's Senior Product Manager.

Controversial, yes?

Cs3_icons

On a more lighthearted note, some ammo for the Dockscrabblers.

October 20, 2006

Don't be a MySpaz. Make your MySpace shine

I've been asked to pimp some friends profiles recently and lifiting the lid on MySpace code you realise what a hideous heap you have in front of you. So here's some hacks to make your task easier courtesy of  Mike Industries. He's taken the time to pull the CSS apart and put it back together with just the essentials to create a decent layout.

On another note,  I received a friend invite from American Express Red this week. Wahey, the marketeers have finally caught onto the phenomenon and are now using MySpace to spread their word. Not convinced by their product, I do think their MySpace profile is pretty snappy though.

October 16, 2006

Is there a Uability problem here?

Wrong tool for the job me thinks.

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