All posts from
May 2004

Lorem Ipsum Generator

“116 words of the original 16th century Lipsum plus 384 additional words, carefully chosen from Cicero’s very own ‘De Finibus’, bonded by superior scripting and utmost linguistic accuracy guarantee for the web’s most random … ah, randomness – 500 times sheer bliss for the typographically inclined. Ipso facto.” (Lorem Ipsum) – courtesy of marek moehling

Serious Games Summit 2004

“The Serious Games Initiative is focused on uses for games in exploring management and leadership challenges facing the public sector. Part of its overall charter is to help forge productive links between the electronic game industry and projects involving the use of games in education, training, health, and public policy. (…) This is the page to add your notes and slides from the 2004 Serious Games Summit 2004.” (Serious Games Initiative) – courtesy of jeroen van mastrigt

The Transformation of an Industry

“We started out as a Web publication focused strictly on the front-end design aspects of Web sites. Over the years that focus has shifted, not because our readership had changed, but because the Web had changed. Building Web sites was no longer just about presentation and cool GUIs, it was about good usability, solid architecture, convenient accessibility and compliant code, as well as transparent design.” – congrats to Nick and the team with the new transformation. (Nick Finck, Paul Scrivens & D. Keith RobinsonDigital Web Magazine)

Ten questions for Nick Finck

“Structure is the foundation in which good design is built. Just like a house, you wouldn’t build it without blueprints and laying the foundation first. Structure is perhaps the most important thing that goes into a web site. Without structure the site is just a pile of broken 2x4s and sealed off doorways. In technical terms, structure is everything from the conceptual wireframes, to the tangible markup and coding.” (Web Standards Group)

In search of better search results

“Clearly, the rate of improvement in delivering high quality search results isn’t keeping up with Moore’s Law in terms of doubling every couple of years. In fact, the ‘law of search results’ could be expressed as an inverse to the growth in the size and complexity of the data.” (Dan Farber – ZDNet)

What they didn’t teach me in Design & Usability school – Part 2/2

“If you write usability reports, how much do you understand about whom you are designing usability reports for? Have you ever applied user centered design principles to usability reports themselves? Why or why not? My guess is that you haven’t, and if you did, the results would surprise you. What you’re providing is probably not quite what your team (aka your second set of users) needs from you. What they are looking for is probably at odds with what you want them to look for, and the usability report becomes some kind of philosophical battleground. Generally, the authors of the reports lose.” (Scott Berkun) – courtesy of columntwo

The new frontier of search

“If you want to find information fast, you need search and retrieval technology. That is not news to people who have been interfacing with IT tools for the last decade. Even laypeople are familiar with recreational search engines, like AltaVista, used for exploring the Internet. Early on in its development, search made inroads into vertical markets like financial services and as an adjunct functionality embedded in KM and document management products.” (John HarneyKMWorld) – courtesy of elearningpost