All posts from
September 2011

How Responsive Web Design becomes Responsive Web Publishing

I guess, content is becoming as fluid as possible.

“The last few years have been a good time to be a web designer. After a decade of making do with the aging technologies, methods and assumptions that gave birth to mainstream web publishing, designers are starting to trade the tiresome challenge of controlling the user experience for a few more interesting ones.”

(Chris Palmieri a.k.a. @cpalmieri ~ AQWorks)

Does context really matter for mobile design?

Always loves to go for counter-intuitive argumentations.

“Pick up most books about building web sites or products for mobile and you’ll hear a common refrain extolling you to pay attention to the mobile context. Usually this means paying attention to the fact that people using mobile phones are likely to be on the go, have limited attention, and slow Internet connections. This may have been true in the past, but data suggests that this behavior is changing: 93% of smartphone owners use their smartphones while at home, 62% of people use their mobile phone while watching television, 69% use mobile while shopping, 39% of smartphone owners use their devices in the bathroom.”

(Small Surfaces)

The Interaction Design of APIs

Great to see UX disciplines applied to geek technology.

“Alex Payne explores the interaction design of APIs, particularly through the lens of the speaker’s experience evolving the popular Twitter API. The speaker argues for the notion of a “humane” API”, one derived from simplicity, “explorability” and consistency. Alex Payne is API Lead at Twitter, Inc., a communications service used by millions to share short messages.”

(Stanford University)

Content Strategy for the Web

For many, adding value through content means more ‘conversion’ (a.k.a. traffic, leads, and sales).

“(…) the purpose of your web content centers on the customer’s experience. Just like keyword research attempts to identify what your customers are searching for in your industry, your website can provide the answer to those searches. A smart content strategy begins with understanding what the customer needs rather than what you want to offer them.”

(Arnie Kuenn a.k.a. @ArnieK ~ Business 2 Community)

Do you make these 4 mistakes when carrying out a usability review?

Following review recipes (a.k.a. tips, do’s and dont’s) means you’re following algorithms; if you follow anything, let it be heuristics.

“When properly carried out, usability reviews are a very efficient way of finding the usability bloopers in an interface. But there are four common mistakes made by novice reviewers: failing to take the user’s perspective; using only a single reviewer, rather than collating the results from a team; using a generic set of usability principles rather than technology-specific guidelines; and lacking the experience to judge which problems are important.”

(David Travis a.k.a. @userfocus)

(…) or ‘The user experience in the library’

Wandering through the structured space with information (a.k.a. the Library) has its UX too, made by librarians.

“It worries me that librarians still seem to think that the problem facing librarianship is that people aren’t visiting the librarians at the library. I haven’t read a really great world altering story anywhere about how a library has suddenly implemented a new program to get all the students rushing in to talk to the librarians, and basing future experience on past, I have to say no such program is about to fly in through the window to save the profession.”

(A Searching Librarian)

Why Separate Mobile & Desktop Web Pages?

So, there is much more involved with the languages of the Web than meets the eye.

“As use of mobile devices continues to skyrocket across the globe, we’re seeing more ways to tackle the challenge of creating great Web experiences across multiple devices. But which approach is right for any given project? In an effort to help answer that question, I’ve compiled the reasons we opted to use a dual (separate mobile and desktop) template system to build our start-up.”

(Luke Wroblewski a.k.a. @LukeW)