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Tri-state road review

Yesterday I was driving around the area where Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana meet. Some roads were I96 and highway 20 (is that an Ohio highway?). Anyway, my review is that roads in Michigan are, in general, bumpier than in Ohio or Indiana. Not so nice to drive upon.

Why the difference? Is it weather? Funding for road maintenance? I only have guesses.

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User experience, web, technology

A tech company in Okemos? Who’d a thought…

So a few weekends ago I was in the East Lansing Barnes & Noble children’s section with Lila and Chey; we, I mean, Lila was playing with the wooden train set they have. Another couple with a two-year-old train set afficianado came over, and Chey and I started chatting with the couple.

It turns out this lady we met is a product manager at a company called TechSmith in Okemos. They make screen capture software called SnagIt as well as beefed-up screen recording software that they call Camtasia Studio. The software sounds very useful in user-testing. I understand it also sports the ability to record facial expressions via a web cam, and it exports its data as Flash movie files (SWF).

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Davin

Redesigned

So, with the ditching of the frames came a bit of a prettying up for this page. Note the background image in the lower-left. Those are actually some photoshopped leaves from our plant, George.

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Davin

We’re expecting, by the way…

For those who haven’t heard yet, we are expecting our second child. Due date is August 10th.

We’re scheduled to go camping up north the week before that, so that could be an interesting trip.

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User experience, web, technology

Ditched the frames.

Yeah, I just couldn’t take the hypocrisy anymore. Frames are gone.

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User experience, web, technology

Zeldman is doing a redesign,

Zeldman is doing a redesign, usually interesting to look at.
Check it out.

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Lila and Eva

“Go kitchen. Cook food.” Lila,

“Go kitchen. Cook food.”
Lila, my two-year old daughter, and I were sitting on our couch a couple evenings ago while Chey was out.

Lila, tired from playing, rested her head down on a stack of clean clothes and pointed to a blanket. I tucked her into the blanket.

“My sleeping,” she said.

Then she pointed to the kitchen and directed me, “Go kitchen. Cook food.”

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User experience, web, technology

In the ongoing search for masterpieces on the web…

The Peabody Essex Museum has an online exhibit of a traditional Chinese home.

The exhibit is really very well designed and well styled.

When looking at design, I sometimes think about it from an organic design perspective. The web is at the core a place of data, rectangles, and symmetry…not so organic.

This site does a good job of delivering an organic experience to each user using textures, curves, shapes, and patterns that we don’t necessarily expect on the web. In addition, small animated slide shows pepper the site, consciously bringing with it its own sense of timing. And, it is well done so as to not seem distracting, but rather engaging.

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User experience, web, technology

A bold statement “Ultimately, I

A bold statement

“Ultimately, I don

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User experience, web, technology

Here’s some web history…this write

Here’s some web history…this write up by Nielsen may have been one of the major aggressors that got frame-bashing really rolling. Also talks about the basic ideas of the web ala Tim Berners-Lee, nodes and what not. Interesting in retrospect. I wonder how the new web community would respond to this column if it was released today.

“Why frames suck (most of the time)” from Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox for December 1996.