Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

Déjà-vu

Tuesday Dec 11, 2012

Mobile Wall St.

StockTouch

StockTouch is the eleventh revealed app in my little advent calendar. I wish all big data visualization tool designers would find some inspiration in this lovely app.

Thursday May 24, 2012

Interaction Design with Wireframes

Slides from my lecture about Interaction Design with Wireframes, yesterday at U of Hamburg:

Tuesday Mar 13, 2012

blogs.oracle.com design patch

The bad thing about being a UX designer is that you recognize poor design all over the place. The good thing is that you take the issues as design challenges, and come up with better solutions.

Several times a week, I visit the Roller home page of blogs.oracle.com. Without summarizing all my usability and design findings, let me simply present my modifications in a way that does not bother me anymore.

Before_

blogs.oracle.com screenshot

After_

better design and usability for blogs.oracle.com

Some of the benefits:

  • less wasted space in the head section – more space for latest blog articles and popular blogs.
  • delicious' and flickr-like design for the tag cloud
  • improved skimming for recent blog articles
  • numbering for popular blogs. This might not be of big interest for the visitor, but it is a very simple and effective way to provide feedback to the blog authors.

The update just involves changes to a cascading style sheet. Firefox / Chrome / Opera users can install the Stylish extension to apply my CSS patch as well.

Then you can get the patch via userstyles.org - oracle-blogs-home.

enjoy

Friday Mar 02, 2012

Interaction 12 - Critique

I’ve summarized my highlights of Interaction 12 already on this blog: Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3

And there are many more, hidden between the tracks. It is an open secret that the interesting stuff happens in the breaks. Meet and greet with long-time-not-seen’s, meeting virtual friends for the first time in RL, and getting in touch with other interaction designers around the world. To that extend, IxD12 was very good.

But I want to bring some light to the dark corners as well. The opening party took place at the Trinity College in the center of Dublin. A wonderful location. I’ve never been so close to the Book of Kells, but this is another story. – What do you expect from a welcome party? To be welcomed. To say Hello to friends. To talk about the first day of workshops. etc. But you I do not expect a long series of presentations on the first evening already. This was an unfortunate attempt to pick up speed and get us me into the mood for the upcoming three days. Have just a party, or do a Pecha Kucha when the audience is I am open to pay attention. All of the presenters would have deserved a better setting.

My second point of crit concerns the main three days of the event: It was a professional conference. Hugh? Yes, for my taste it was too slick. After all those years we are still a young profession. And that could have been better represented with a little more spontaneity, or unconference feeling. For some time I want to write about the idea of a conference experience. You can design conferences much like you can do with tools and software. Just imagine that your app runs for three days (in fact it runs much longer if you include the pre- and post-conference activities, and the twitter stream is still active with all the redux events) and that you have 700 simultaneous users. Live. It is much more like theater or circus.
Then, why do you let the Conference Center choose the music between the talks? Why do you not have some interactive game or art installations during the breaks? Why don’t you encourage (more) Q&A? The audience felt rather tired or uninspired to me. No debates at all. Hey, we do not meet that often. What was going on? Where is the energy in our field?

I should mention –my third point– that I gave up during the 10 minutes short talk sessions. I understand the idea that you want to give as much air time to as many presenters as possible. But the pulsing of 10 minutes talk - 5 minutes nothing or switching between sessions - 10 minutes high - 5 minutes low - etc. was not in synch with my bio-rhythm of attention. Now I would have appreciated the fast paced short talks from the opening party, w/o the 5 minutes breaks of course.

Dear Organizers,
please take my opinion as constructive feedback. I’ve been in your role a few times before. You’ve done a tremendous job to get all this together. But maybe future or other conferences can benefit from my impressions.

cheers, and memorizing the highlights of IxD12 once again.

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