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This Week: Guest Posting for Wired Magaz...

This Week: Guest Posting for Wired Magazine’s Change Accelerators Blog
Greetings! I’m taking a break from my usual blogging routine (and by routine I mean a post every month or so) to write a post every day this week for Wired Magazine’s Change Accelerators blog. It’s a practice round leading up to the release of A Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology. Let me know if you like the posts and I hope you enjoy tuning in! Several have already...

The Need for Superhuman Interaction Desi...

The Need for Superhuman Interaction Design
Here I’d like to rant about something that’s been bothering me for a long time. Skeuomorphs and their contributions to friction-filled, annoying interfaces. This reduces the ability for people to feel like superhumans when they use an interface. If you already know what a skeuomorph is, skip down to “The Most Annoying Skeuomorphs”. What is a...

DML – Demographic Markup Language

DML – Demographic Markup Language
The Current State of Demographic Advertising Are you sick of all of the irrelevant advertising you get on various websites like Facebook, YouTube, Hulu and blogs? On Hulu I’ve set my gender to Male and birthdate to 1973 in order to get advertising that I actually like. This is because I like ads for technology and ads with funny jokes in them. I’ve begun to do this on many...

On Welcome Screens and Dashboards

Reuse the welcome screen as a notification system. Allow cancellation of these notes. Color code them according to their need to be dealt with. An error is red, a note or caution is yellow. Get users to the Next page (or next thing). Get people off of the home page and into re site as quickly as possible. Give users something to do every time they log in Whether it is updating their...

Potential consequences of placing freque...

What happens when a frequently used option (close widget) is placed next to a Delete function? There is a guarantee that some percent of the time the user will click on the wrong button. That user, in this case, was me. I deleted everything in a WordPress widget that had 16 individually formatted fields. Preventing the mistakes of users with good intentions It’s not that...

Non-Visual Augmented Reality | Geonotes,...

If you don’t know Aaron Parecki (@aaronpk) yet, you should. You have an excuse if you don’t yet. He moved to Portland in October 2009. The reason you should know him is because he created a system for automatic location check-in two years ago. He’s been taking GPS data every day for those past two years, and he’s got major data visualization skills. And Aaron...

Guiding Users with Persuasive Design: An...

By Christine Perfetti Originally published: Mar 01, 2003 UIE: How do you define Persuasive Design? Andrew: An easy way to define persuasive web design is to contrast it with usable design. Usability focuses on giving users the ability to complete a transaction if they so desire. A usable site makes it easy for users to complete transactions, from buying products to...

So You Want To Be An Interaction Designe...

So You Want To Be An Interaction Designerby Robert Reimann We get a lot of email from students and usability professionals asking how one goes about becoming an interaction designer, and what background one needs to get into the field. What are good interaction design programs? What real-world skills and experience are required? What, exactly, do interaction designers do on a day-to-day...

Interaction Design Strageties – Ap...

A bit of advice from Interaction Designers can never hurt, check out this event, by Luke of Functioning Form. Event: Influencing Strategy by Design04.20.2008 by LukeW On Saturday May 10th 2008, I’ll be teaching a full-day course, Influencing Strategy by Design, for mid to senior level designers on how to influence and improve strategic decision-making within their department or...

Quality Management, Information Predicti...

One of the problems of this information-chocked world is that answer-seeking becomes too quick to be well-refined. Artificial Intelligence pioneer Herbert Simon explains this problem very well with his term “Satisfice”. Satisfice: a hybrid word formed from satisfy and suffice, referring to the tendency of time-starved, information-overloaded users to select the first...

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