Thoughts from a designer's last day at Google →
I am sometimes frustrated about how subjectively our work is done without basis in user feedback, but Google appears to have the opposite culture. The choice between a 3,4 or 5 pixel wide border cannot be made scientifically or by consensus, or even by committee, when no one on that committee understands the underlying principles of good design.
Socializing is good for you. Lots of socializing. →
“We found that even introverted personality types have more happy moments and fewer stressful moments when they spend at least five hours a day socializing with others.”
Aesthetics of Joy →
We talk a lot about designing for delight. This blog is about designing for joy. Inspirational.
2012: year of the infographic →
Nicholas Feltron, who has been creating beautiful data visualizations from his life minutiae since 2005:
Showtime Social, Yahoo IntoNow and Shazam Apps... →
Testing three free apps that aim to get viewers more engaged in shows as they watch them on TV.
Why Website Development Needs Business Analysts
(first published December 2007) Here’s my little tap dance on BAs. It’s not so much “here’s why we’re so great”, but “here’s the evolution of the need for them in Web projects”. I originally wrote this as an email explanation for some one who was coming from an environment where she’d managed banner ad and microsite production. …...
Does This Website Make Me Look Fat?
(first published December 2007) Ah, the heuristic usability site analysis — how fun is that? You get to point out how badly someone else did the experience planning meanwhile implying how much better your work is going to be. As some one who’s done a few site reviews and lived to tell the tale — barely — as much as the site sucks in your mind, start out the report with all...
Bad Day at the Office
(first published in August 2005) There are a lot of companies in Toronto clamouring for information architects right now. When I realised this, as an IA consultant, my reaction was, “By George I think they’ve got it! Let the good times roll!” I thought that the industry must be picking up, and that over the course of the past 3-5 years, Internet agencies have come to understand...
"Talent Wins Games ...
… but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” - Michael Jordan (first published in Aug. 2005) I freelance as a business analyst and information architect. When I started in the biz in 1995, like most everyone, I did back end work, front end work, client work - everything. I was working on some good size sites too: within a year I was doing a database driven tax law research...