Archive: April, 2007

Analog vs. Digital Dials

Over the years many devices have have replaced analog dials with digital displays. Stoves, microwaves, refrigerators, cars, clocks and more. Some people forget that there are advantages to analog dials. Here are some of them: Analog dials always show a range and you can see where you are within that range. A digital display typically […]

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Things to Love & Hate about Vista

Love New start menu – In general the new start menu is easier to navigate. By typing a few letters you can quickly find an application. Alternativly you can navigate the menu structure without filling the screen with cascading menus. Better system searching. Finally. – You get relatively fast results without too much pain. It […]

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Designing for column width

.coltest { -moz-column-width: 13em; -webkit-column-width: 13em; -moz-column-gap: 1em; -webkit-column-gap: 1em; } A newspaper column width is typically just under two inches. A paper back book is usually under 4 inches wide per page. The size of a typical computer display is climbing over 17 inches and this is isn’t necessarily a good thing. Newspapers and […]

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Fitts law of mental clicking

Fitts law is a basic UI principal that predicts how easy it is to click on something. Larger things that are close to the mouse are easier to click and smaller things that are far away are harder to click. This principal guides a lot of UI design and helps ensure the proper placement of […]

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Anatomy of sharing

There are only so many ways that something can be shared. This is based on four things: Direction – what direction the files go when it’s shared Storage – where the file is stored once it’s shared Relationship – determines if you can send or receive Access – determines who can participate in sharing Notification […]

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