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September 2009 Blog Posts (5)

My Heroes at National Geographic Share Style Manual

As a collector of National Geographic Magazines all the way back to the 1940's I am constantly on their Web site, I often dream of some day working for them. I was updating my desktop background image, they have the best wallpapers out there and noticed they posted their Style Manual.



http://stylemanual.ngs.org/intranet/styleman.nsf/082ea2a1de7a1d1985256647005f485c/035a8628410a685485256704007192df?OpenDocument



(hmm link function is not working, sorry to make you copy and… Continue

Added by Gessica Lee on September 23, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Presenting User Interface & Information Design at Career Day 1st Grade - 6th Grade

I can barely explain what I do to my parents, friends and even some co-workers so when I volunteered to present at career day at a school my company was sponsoring I was very worried. I thought "they will never get it", but I was determined to make them relate some how and to come up with something that would relay what a user centered design is. I started to think about my target audience:



* 1st grade through 6th grade

* School located in an area largely populated by Jamaican… Continue

Added by Gessica Lee on September 22, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Trust Issues -- A Sure Way to Kill a Marketing Campaign

I received a Linked In message from someone I don't know describing a free assessment tool for using social media to generate leads. The word FREE was used 3 times in all caps, so it caught my attention, of course, (FREE is a trigger word), and I clicked on the link to the web page. The page itself had some good persuasive design, but Trust alarm bells started ringing, and before long the entire interaction had gone down the drain.



Three… Continue

Added by Susan Weinschenk on September 21, 2009 at 2:37pm — 2 Comments

Usability practice in small Indian outsourcing companies – is it possible?

I came across following comments when I meet some owners and CEOs of small outsourcing company in western part of India...



glimpse of their conversation...



1. “Missed deployment and delivery dates, budget overruns…”



2. Failure to comply with industry regulations, interrupted workflows … and frustrated customers because of over time line..”



3. “Usability??? What is that?”



But yes, as we all know USABILITY is a revolution for UI design,… Continue

Added by Sharad on September 14, 2009 at 6:47am — No Comments

Can you avoid political fallout from your standards effort?

HFI Trainer John Sorflaten, PhD, CPE, CUA, addresses the politics of standards in this article from this month's HFI newsletter.



Can you avoid political fallout from your standards effort?



Unintended consequences from standards?

Every once in a while, I read a journal article that represents a heck of a lot of research effort, and wonder, how did they reach that conclusion from the evidence? For example, Kristin Eschenfelder explored how web… Continue

Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 8, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

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