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Change is afoot in the web…More foundational than when the first graphic showed up in a web browser…

What an exciting time to be in the Web industry. I just read an essay by Janice Fraser of Adaptive Path that really got me thinking.

Major change, like questions of what happens to our bookmarks when we lose our current definition of a web page? In 2002, Luke Wroblewski of the NCSA published a book (SITE-SEEING: A Visual Approach to Web Usability) that referred to the unified model of the Web, a model that we have internalized and includes concepts like clicking a link “takes” us somewhere, like we can go back and visit a page using a bookmark, our browser keeps a history of our session, which we can navigate, etc. This model frames (ahem) some hostility to new windows, especially pop-ups, as well as framesets, because a user may not always realize that they’re ability to bookmark a page has been undermined (in the case of frames) and that they’re browsing history has started anew when the new browser window appeared, whether or not they know it

Sorry, it would seem this post has been cut short, likely during a transition from one blogging platform to another. -drg

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User experience, web, technology

Beauty of a web site

Tractinsky, N., Katz, A.S., and Ikar, D.

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User experience, web, technology

Fitt’s Law Applied to the Web

Fitt’s Law Applied to the Web by Scott Berkun, Microsoft Corporation.

The basic idea in Fitts’s Law is that any time a person uses a mouse to move the mouse pointer, certain characteristics of objects on the screen make them easy or hard to click on. The farther the person has to move the mouse to get to an object, the more effort it will take to get to. The smaller the object is, the harder it will be to click on.

This is a pretty clear write-up on Fitt’s Law. Recommended reading for web designers.

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User experience, web, technology

Plug for Mr. Tufte

“One visionary day….the insights of this class lead to new levels of understanding both for creators and viewers of visual displays.”
WIRED

“The Leonardo da Vinci of data.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES

Tufte has courses coming up in Dearborn, MI in mid-April.

I attended one of his courses in Chicago about a year and a half ago. It was the best one-day course I’ve ever attended, hands-down. Well worth the cost.

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Davin

web art…maybe

Just happened across this site this evening. Found it intriguing. Not sure what it is, but it seems like a collection of personal pages of some highly talented/experienced designers/photographers/artists.

I haven’t looked at the whole site, but what I saw I found refreshing.

http://www.bossanova.com/

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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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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.