I’m a words guy. And as a words guy, I’m easily rattled by verbal misuse. I get that language evolves and all that, but I also respect the power of words to communicate concepts clearly. Anyway, this morning the SF Chronicle featured the headline “Coffee shop’s name has Standard & Poor’s in a froth.”. The [...]
Many moons ago, I marveled at the quality of the design of National Park Service materials. That wonderment lead, after a fashion, to inviting Betsy Ehrlich, a designer for NPS, to speak at the IDEA Conference. On the IDEA Conference blog, I write about meeting her last Friday. I went “behind the scenes” at the [...]
One thing I teach in our information architecture workshops is the importance of clear, understandable labels. I even went so far as to write a report about it. At UX Week, our conference hotel demonstrated the need for such a mindset in environmental graphics and wayfinding. Our elevator pointed out that the “POOL/HEALTH CLUB” was [...]
The IDEA conference continues to take shape. We’ve got a remarkable set of presenters (with a few more slots open). We’re closing in on the next registration deadline (August 27th). And we’ve just launched the IDEA Conference blog, where we’ll be posting about the design of complex information spaces, as well as conference news and [...]
I love a good horror movie. But I haven’t seen one recently, because the parallel trends of sadism (Saw, Hostel) or Japanese surrealism (The Ring, The Grudge) don’t interest me. I like my horror to have a story, some cleverness, and good thrills. Last night, a bunch of guys went to see The Descent. It’s [...]
“So, do you think a pickled onion would make a beet cocktail worse?”
I’m a little late to the party on this one, but last week, Paul Kedrosky pointed to this chart presented by Microsoft touting their R&D spend, seemingly as a way to say “we’re more serious about this stuff than Google.” As Paul, and his commenters, point out, spending R&D money isn’t the same as producing [...]
Some colleagues at Adaptive Path have launched a survey on the business value of user experience, and how organizations treat user experience. It’s brief (about 5 minutes), and if you fill it out, you can get a free copy of our report “Leveraging Business Value.” Thanks!