I’m sure quite of few of you are already in book clubs, but I wanted to recommend one you might want to consider. In your current book club, you probably get together with your friends every so often as an excuse to drink wine while chatting about the plot and characters. But what if you had that same experience except you discussed professional books? Check out a new site the organizes book clubs for user experience professionals.
I work in online user experience for Barnes & Noble, so this is right up my alley. Plus, I’m always hesitant to join book clubs with friends because I
Today I came across a site that made me incredibly happy. It’s called Songs to Wear Pants To.
Andrew, a writer and composer, creates full songs based on ideas users submit on his site. He rummages through the requests and picks ideas he wants to turn into songs. Of course, for a fee, you can make sure your idea gets lyrics and a melody. He then sells his original works for 99 cents each. You can buy entire CDs for $10. The albums are appropriately named GREEN PANTS, BLUE PANTS, and PINK PANTS.
Here are just a few examples of user requests:
Can you write a really Bass guitar fil
You probably know someone with a Flip, the pocket-size camera that lets people shoot a video with the push of a button. It’s small enough to carry with you at all times, and it has a USB plug built in that lets you quickly upload content to the web. I’ve heard people refer to it as the “YouTube Camera” because this small device enables any average joe to easily get content published for the world to see.
I recently discovered a wonderful new use for the Flip: user testing. The small device allows user experience professionals to effortlessly capture user tests while allowing them
Online gaming is huge. I tried to find out just how huge is huge, but I had a hard time getting up-to-date statistics. According to an article on BNET about online gaming statistics, 200 million people were playing online games in August of 2007. Most of those people were playing action/adventure/roll-playing games, puzzles, and sports.
But with so many companies climbing on board to produce games, many end up with sub-par user experiences. Mark Hurst of Creative Good started a list of games with great user experiences. It’s a lengthy list of games ranging from 2005 to present. He has eve
In today’s world, it’s hard to take time out of work and life to attend conferences. And in today’s economy, many of us are opting to save the money needed to attend these conferences. But for anyone who missed the 10th Anniversary IA Summit that was held in Memphis, TN on March 20 through 22, you can still catch some of the sessions online.
Several of the staff at Boxes and Arrows captured many of the main sessions and posted them on their site. As of now, they seem to have posted everything except Days 2 and 3. But they have a message up saying that more sessions should be rolling i
We all want to grow and expand our brands, but a recent move by Tropicana reminds us why we need to make the shift slowly so we’re still recognizable to customers. Along with many others, I recently was perplexed by Tropicana’s new packaging.
A few weeks ago, I was heading to a friend’s house for brunch. I had been asked to pick up orange juice, and the host specifically requested Tropicana. I popped into my neighborhood grocery store and wandered to the OJ section, but I couldn’t find the Tropicana. After scanning the refrigerator shelves, I noticed a Tropicana bottle that said “
Tired of carrying around your Blackberry, iPhone, and still having to check your home machine? Google may be swooping in once again to help us manage our information (and device) overload.
Back in 2007, Google bought a company called GrandCentral. The original GrandCentral had many incredible features to offer customers who have multiple phones to manage:
Single phone number in the area code of your choice. When anyone called this number, all connected devices rang simultaneously.
Singe voice mail box and management
Ability to have different voicemail greeting per caller
Razorfish and CafeMom recently teamed up to publish a two-part article that explores the online behaviors of mothers. It’s appropriately titled Digital Mom 2009.This thorough, 30+ page article examines what women with children are up to when they log on. It avoids generalizations and is full of hearty statistics. For example, here is their finding about how mothers with older children are more likely to use Web 2.0 features:
Digital moms of children 12 and older, versus moms with children under 12, are more likely to watch online video (40% vs. 34%), game (57% vs. 51%), read online consumer
This morning, Facebook agreed to pull back the changes, which is a major victory for members of all online communities. Most communities are run with the understanding that users either accept the Ts & Cs or
All of us who design web pages are constantly making educated guesses about where our users' eyes travel on the page. We give visual cues with design elements to try to lure people's eyes to certain areas of the screen. Ideally we'd all run our pages through a round of thorough user testing, complete with eye tracking, before publishing anything, but that's often not realistic.
Last week Google released results from a recent eye tracking study. If we can't do the studies ourselves, at least we can follow other studies and glean ideas for the best approach.
According to Google's blog:
Think you have the world's best website? Enter the MCM Awards from Multichannel Merchant and find out! We all work so hard to constantly improve our sites, so why not get a little recognition? You have until January 23, 2009 to enter. Each entry costs $275.
According to Multichannel Merchant, if your site is a finalist, you receive:
Inclusion of catalog and/or Website image in special MCM Awards display during the 2009 ACCM, May 4-7 in New Orleans.
Coverage in MULTICHANNEL MERCHANT magazine and on multichannelmerchant.com
And if your site is a winner, you receive:
Coverage in M
For the past few years, we've all been focusing on SEO to ensure we come up on the first page of Google search results. Well now it's time to start focusing on MSEO: Multilingual Search Engine Optimization.
I recently read an article on Multichannel Merchant called "Looking for Love (and Other Search Terms) in All the Wrong Languages" that discusses this new approach on how to begin optimizing your site for multilingual search engines.
For sites in English, the goal is to not only capture the international market but also to attract non-native English speakers in your home country. The a
As a new year begins, many companies and entrepreneurs are figuring out what to focus in 2009. But before you go to pitch your cool new idea, it might be good to pause and examine what venture capitalists are investing in for the coming year. An article in this week's New York Times looks at what Silicon Valley investors are putting their money on.
What Venture Capitalists are NOT investing in
Web 2.0: Because companies are investing less in ads, social networking sites and other ad-driven sites are harder to get funding for. They say that even companies like Facebook might have been pass
Not sure what to get the techy in your life? Or maybe you're not sure what to jot down on your own list. Check out the Uncle Mark 2009 Gift Guide & Almanac. Mark Hurst is a self-proclaimed technology expert in New York, and he has been putting this list together for a few years.
According to UncleMark.org, this gift guide is "simply the very best guide for anyone vexed about technology, in search of good purchases, or who simply wants to know the answers to life's incessant questions." I don't know if I'd say it's the very best, but it's an interesting read.
The list touts is more th