Category: design

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Links Round-Up: Firefox, Microsoft, Yahoo

The last month has seen me com­plete­ly immersed in User Expe­ri­ence the­o­ry and Infor­ma­tion Archi­tec­ture for my new role, and it’s been a very hec­tic time. While that has­n’t stopped me from keep­ing an eye on devel­op­ments on the web, it’s giv­en me less time to write about them.

Here’s a quick round-up of a few links that have grabbed my inter­est over the past weeks; I’d like to write more about them, but time forbids.

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Understanding Comics and User Experience

I work as an Infor­ma­tion Archi­tect / Devel­op­er, and I’m a big fan of comics. For my IA work I refer fre­quent­ly to the work of Jesse James Gar­rett, espe­cial­ly his Ele­ments of User Expe­ri­ence book, and as a fan of comics I recent­ly read (again) Scott McCloud’s Under­stand­ing Comics.

I’m not say­ing that to boast of my geek cre­den­tials, but to intro­duce some­thing I nev­er imag­ined I’d find: a con­nec­tion between the two.

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WordPress begins to open up its redesign process

The ongo­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion of Mark Boul­ton Design’s redesign of the Dru­pal web­site is pro­vid­ing some great insight into the process; Leisa Reichelt’s lat­est post, on the com­mu­ni­ty wire­fram­ing project, is a prime exam­ple. Now — whether by hap­py serendip­i­ty or a desire to com­pete — Word­Press have begun to do likewise.

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Personal notices, open practices

Today is my penul­ti­mate day in my cur­rent job; next week I’m going on a trip to Spain, and when I get back I’m start­ing my new job at the award-win­ning Pre­loaded agency. My focus will be shift­ing away from client-side devel­op­ment and onto infor­ma­tion archi­tec­ture; it’s a fan­tas­tic chal­lenge for me, and I’m very excit­ed about work­ing on top brands for a top agency.

I’ve been slow­ly intro­duc­ing IA into my role over the past three years, and so this is a log­i­cal step for me to take. I’ll be sad to leave my cur­rent agency, but delight­ed to be mov­ing to some­where I’ll be able to focus on what I think are the next hot top­ics on the web: find­abil­i­ty & usability.

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Google Chrome — on reflection

So, it’s a cou­ple of days since the launch of the first beta of Google’s new brows­er, Chrome, and the hyper­bole has died down a lit­tle. After using it for a few days, I want to look in a lit­tle more detail at some of its fea­tures — more specif­i­cal­ly, its inter­face and usabil­i­ty. Luck­i­ly, Google have pro­vid­ed user expe­ri­ence doc­u­men­ta­tion (for Chromi­um, the open source project) to make this easier.

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Mark Boulton to redesign Drupal website

Mark Boul­ton Design have been select­ed to redesign, the web­site of the Dru­pal CMS. I’m a big admir­er of Mark’s writ­ing about design and typog­ra­phy, and I think it’s excit­ing that a big open-source project is going in this direction.

Now, if we could get him to design the Dru­pal user inter­face (as Veer­le Pieters is doing with Expres­sion Engine), that would real­ly be something.

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I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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