I saw this elegant series of elevator buttons in a building I visited a couple of weeks ago. Most buildings run with B1, B2 or similar for their underground levels, and a G for Ground or L for Lobby. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense to call the ground floor level zero, …
[df] Flickr are about to roll out a new version of their photo preview page – here’s a walkthrough of the thinking behind their improvements.
This article on Engagement, Entertainment, or Get The Task Done talks about the way that user-centred design has evolved from helping with task completion to trying to keep a user engaged with a site for as long as possible.
Usability and Online Gambling is a lengthy article that touches on the issues around choosing who to work for.
A detailed, example-filled overview of the new global visual language for the BBC’s digital services.
While I was driving recently, I needed the passenger to make a phone call. I had looked up the number, all that was needed was for the call to be placed. I handed over the iPhone, and the question was “how do I call?”. I was able to describe it easily enough, but the experience …
Operating System Interface Design Between 1981-2009 – in some ways, it’s amazing to see how little has changed. Seeing the GEOS interface reminds me of writing high school essays in Geowrite. Amazing to be able to do desktop publishing (of sorts) on a Commodore 64!
Another case study of using YouTube to encourage a faceless corporation to right a perceived wrong: musician Dave Carroll creates a music video to encourage United to take responsibility for damage careless luggage handlers did to his $3,500 guitar.
Smashing Magazine with its usual thorough approach presents 10 UI Design Patterns You Should Be Paying Attention To, with examples.
Campaign Monitor provides some excellent data on whether it is worth promoting your product or service with banner ads. They tested different landing pages and ads to see what the response rates were, then collated them and shared the results. One result of the experiment was particularly counter-intuitive.