Me-too brochureware banking

A neat bit of observation from Marc McNeill at Dancing Mango. Me-too brochureware banking. The sad thing is that the more business which use such “me too” approaches, the more others also copy. This may be through laziness, cheapness, or a sense that this is somehow the best way. In fact, I feel a compulsion …

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Musical call tones and mental models

From time to time I have been asked if I know how to deliver Caller Ring Back Tones (CRBT). While it is obviously a popular feature in some parts of the world it has always mildly baffled me. It’s nice to read that at least one person also finds this odd. In a more general …

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Balsamiq Mockups

This looks like a neat tool for generating application user interface mockups (a.k.a UI prototypes), something we don’t really do much of here, but maybe we should. SitePen Blog » The Interactive Prototyping Dilemma – A Review of Software Options, Part II: Balsamiq Mockups

Move over T9, here comes Swype

The history of human-computer interaction is littered with alternative ways to enter and manipulate text. From one-handed keyboards through defining every letter as a different stylus swirl to predictive text on a numeric keypad. Here’s another one Swype is a way of entering a whole word with a wiggle of a finger or stylus on …

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On a Small Screen, Just the Salient Stuff

An important part of my work is producing web and mobile user interfaces. Both cases have traditionally had trade-offs: A modern desktop or laptop computer web browser is so powerful and potentially has so much screen space to play with that deciding how best to make use of all that resource is a daunting task. …

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Technology Review: Adapting Websites to Users

In my training and experience as a teacher, it was often emphasized that the presentation of subject matter should adapt to suit the learning styles of students. Now here’s a bunch of researchers from MIT looking at how to apply this to adapting the presentation of web sites. As with any other form of personalization, …

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Zebra Striping: Does it Really Help?

Many times when designing or implementing tabular user interfaces I have been through the loop of adding “zebra striping” to distinguish elements of a sequence. I have done this so often that my web framework Mojasef provides tools to assist in generating such stripes. Jessica Enders has done a small study and written an article …

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