Tags: user

Happy 1000th, Bridgy

The magnificent Brid.gy has 1000 accounts. Mazel tov!

This is probably single most important piece of software I’ve used this year: it has allowed me to turbo-charge my site, and feel truly independent. Thank you, Ryan (and Kyle), sincerely.

The Mobile Web should just work for everyone - IEBlog

One more reason why you should never sniff user-agent strings: Internet Explorer is going to lie some more. Can’t really blame them though—if developers didn’t insist on making spurious conclusions based on information in the user-agent string, then browsers wouldn’t have to lie.

Oh, and Internet Explorer is going to parse -webkit prefixed styles. Again, if developers hadn’t abused vendor prefixes, we wouldn’t be in this mess.

Type Rendering Mix

I got excited when Tim Brown announced this at An Event Apart today: a small JavaScript tool for detecting what kind of rasterising and anti-aliasing a browser is using, and adding the appropriate classes to the root element (in much the same way that Web Font Loader does).

Alas, it turns out that it’s reliant on user-agent string sniffing. I guess that’s to be expected: this isn’t something that can be detected directly. Still, it feels a little fragile: whenever you use any user-agent sniffing tool you are entering an arms race that requires you to keep your code constantly updated.

Our Incredible Journey

A collection of those appalling doublespeek announcements that sites and services give when they get acquired. You know the ones: they begin with “We’re excited to announce…” and end with people’s data being flushed down the toilet.

gaia/build/ua-override-prefs.js at master · mozilla-b2g/gaia · GitHub

And this is why user-agent sniffing not a future-friendly technique. A new mobile browser comes along, and it has to spoof a fake UA string to all of these sites.

It’s a Red Queen arms race.

Designing the Wider Web

The dominance of the desktop browser is over – the web has become wider. After so long painting in a tiny corner of the canvas, it’s time to broaden our approach.

It’s understandable that the community is somewhat nervous about the changes ahead. So far, we’ve mostly responded by scratching around for device-specific tips, but this isn’t sustainable or scalable. We should transcend “platformism” and instead learn to design for diverse contexts, displays, connectivity, and inputs by breaking devices down into first principles. Instead of the defective dichotomy of the “desktop” and “mobile” web, designers should aim to create great user experiences using the truly fluid nature of the web.

The fall and rise of user experience : Cennydd Bowles on user experience

Cennydd’s closing remarks from this year’s IA Summit. Huzzah!

Wishlist » User Testing with Silverback

A nice little case study in using Silverback.

Usability Testing: You are not your user. No matter how good you think you are.

A lesson from Google Buzz: a large sampling isn't always a representative sampling.

The WHATWG Blog » Blog Archive » Usability testing HTML5

Hixie has been making changes to microdata in HTML5 based, not on opinion or theory, but on the results of user testing.

Make them Care! - a book by Joshua Porter

Josh is writing another book. Part copywriting manifesto, part psychology handbook, part design manual.

A definition of “user experience� | FatDUX | blogging about user experiences

Eric Reiss takes a stab at defining User Experience.

five second test - A simple online usability test

The five second test is a simple usability test that helps you measure the effectiveness of your user interfaces.

Helvetireader

Jon's helvetican theme for Google Reader.

What reading Tufte won’t teach you: Interface design guidelines - glyphobet • ???????? • ????????

A good list of interface guidelines based on real world experience with a mobile phone, an music player and an operating system.

disambiguity - » The general public myth (or, the whole world is not your user)

So, so true ...if you design for everyone, you design for no-one.

Web Use Project: Papers

A wonderful source of data on user behaviour and perceived skill levels online.

Upcoming Suggestion Board

Search on Upcoming is borked. Here's my explanation why. I criticize because I care.

Happy Cog Studios: Work: Dictionary.com

Happy Cog redesigns Dictionary.com and its siblings.

Card sorting pix

Flickr photo set, AIGA card sorting exercise.

Powazek: Just a Thought: Death to User-Generated Content

Derek hits the nail on the head. User-generated content is such a cold, cold term.