Category: Usability

Drupal User Experience

The Drupal user experience has a lot of potential but the current interface has a number of problems and issues that make it harder to use out of the box. A number of tweaks could make the app easier and more practical to use.

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Windows XP SP2 UI Critique

Windows XP Service pack 2 includes more than bug fixes. This service pack has a number of new concepts, and UI changes that users should be aware of. Some of the changes are aesthetic and some are functional. With this service pack Microsoft has taken a harder stance on security and although this may go some distance to appease […]

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Wires and Cable Design

New cables, wires and connectors get invented all the time. Usually these new cables replace some standard, or update a common method of connection. Inevitably each cable design fails to learn from the cables that came before it. Basic Principals for Cable Designers Cables should be designed such that it can be plugged in and […]

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Interface List Design – Drupal

This is a quick UI critique on a list design pattern that’s in a proposed stages for Drupal7. The UI being critiqued is not final, as such the feedback is meant to be helpful to both the Drupal team and anyone else designing list based design patterns. Before: Key points with this screen: The title […]

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Interactive Art

Yesterday was the monthly meeting of BostonCHI, a group of people in the Boston area who get together and talk about UI stuff. Shameless plug, I’m the vice-chair, come join us next month. George Fifield from Boston Cyberarts Festival came and spoke this month about interactive art. I found a couple pieces pretty interesting but […]

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9 Things I didn’t know about the iPad

The keyboard design isn’t as slick as the iPhone keyboard design It’s not quite a MacBook keyboard layout and it’s not an iPhone keyboard layout either. Commit actions like, done, go, search aren’t colored like on the iPhone. The dashes, dots, commas are hard to distinguish. On the iPhone a typewriter like key pops out […]

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How much do we really see?

How much do we really see? I came across an interesting video that asks us, how much do we really see? We all think we’re good observers and can watch closely and carefully but how often do our eyes really deceive us? For example, how many times do the people in the white shirts bounce […]

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BlackBerry first impressions

I’ve been working on iPhone apps for the past three years and more recently we’ve been exploring Android and iPad apps as well. These are my first impressions of a Blackberry Bold: The lock-unlock button is hidden. It’s in the upper frame of the phone but it’s not even clear that it’s a button. It […]

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When is a DVD not a DVD?

When you buy a DVD you expect that your DVD will play in every DVD player. Well it turns out that the some DVD’s aren’t normal. In fact it’s questionable if they can even be called DVD’s. I had a very annoying experience with the Matrix DVD. The Matrix DVD is not a normal DVD. […]

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