EppsNet Archive: Web Design

Gender Sliders

31 Aug 2016 /

First time I remember seeing this on a web form:

Gender dropdown

Possible UI design trend: no more dropdowns or radio buttons for Gender, replace by sliders.

4 Links

20 Mar 2014 /

Some Links

30 Oct 2013 /

HealthCare.gov’s Account Setup: 10 Broken Usability Guidelines

McKayla Maroney Was Doing The “Not Impressed” Face At Age 8

Most Popular Paintings & Photos From Getty’s Online Art Collection

The Tweeting Bra Versus Breast Cancer

Paul Boag: Do users care about your latest news? (Spoiler: No.)

Posted by on 29 May 2013

Mobile Site vs. Full Site

13 Apr 2012 /

From Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox:

The basic ideas are to:

  • cut features
  • cut content
  • enlarge interface elements

3 Laws of Usability

11 Oct 2011 /
  1. Don’t make me think!
  2. It doesn’t matter how many times I have to click, as long as each click is a mindless, unambiguous choice.
  3. Get rid of half the words on each page, then get rid of half of what’s left.
— Steve Krug, Don’t Make Me Think

Why In-Page Navigation Links Matter More Than Menus

8 Oct 2011 /

Before you spend hours debating with your colleagues and clients on how your menus should look, there’s something you should know. Users spend more time with in-page navigation links than they do with menus. In fact, some users don’t even look at menus. What users look at is page content. And that’s where they often go to navigate.

One firm has experienced this many times with users in their eyetracking research.

Signal vs. Noise: A shorthand for designing UI flows

Posted by on 31 Aug 2011

HTML5, CSS3, UX, Design: Links from An Event Apart Boston 2011

Posted by on 7 Jun 2011

Twitter: 2010-07-02

2 Jul 2010 /
  • Reading: "How To Control Flow Within Your Web Designs – Speckyboy Design Magazine"( http://twitthis.com/zjfary ) #
  • RT @thesulk: Look, there are three ways this can go. My way or the highway. Or surface streets. #
  • RT @eddiepepitone: I wish I had a new product to unveil today like steve jobs does at apple. Instead I just want to say life sucks. #
  • RT @jdickerson: Mel Gibson worries there are groups of indigenous peoples that may die out before he has a chance to insult them. #

Twitter: 2009-12-13

13 Dec 2009 /

Infomaki: An Open Source, Lightweight Usability Testing Tool

30 Nov 2009 /

Infomaki is an open source “lightweight” usability testing tool developed by the New York Public Library to evaluate new designs for the NYPL.org web site and uncover insights about our patrons. Designed from the ground up to be as respectful of the respondents’ time as possible, it presents respondents with a single question at a time from a pool of active questions. In just over seven months of use, it has fielded over 100,000 responses from over 10,000 respondents.

Twitter: 2009-11-13

13 Nov 2009 /

Twitter: 2009-08-11

11 Aug 2009 /

Tweets on 2009-03-26

26 Mar 2009 /
  • It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. –Seneca #
  • The definition for “value” that I recently started using is “what guides us when we have to make a hard decision.” http://tinyurl.com/chzkqp #
  • @tweetmeme @smashingmag Reading ‘Designing Drop-Down Menus: Examples and Best Practices’ http://tinyurl.com/dnzeyh #
  • Love the Weinerschnitzel vs Carls Jr 2 for $3 chili dog battle. The customer is the true winner! #
  • RT @BonnieLowe: Reading “Thirsty plants cn twttr 4 water w/ new device.” nxt it’ll be yr cat tweeting 4 snacks. http://tinyurl.com/dfh8dk #
  • RT @KathySierra: Choosing a dog based on breed name is ridiculous, but the coder in me is geekily drawn to: http://tinyurl.com/d3gmkc #
  • At Uni High 4 Irvine Band Festival #

User Surveys on the Web

28 Jan 2009 /
Look me in the eye
Then tell me that I’m satisfied
Hey, are you satisfied?
— The Replacements, “Unsatisfied”

What is a reasonable target for user satisfaction with a web site?

We did a user satisfaction survey last year and found that 14 percent of respondents felt that our web site didn’t measure up to their expectations.

This year, we have an incentive goal of reducing that number to 8 percent, not based on evidence that any web site has ever achieved a number that low, but based on the opinion of the company that did the survey that anything over a 10 percent dissatisfaction rating is always bad.

Or to flip it around, we’re trying to achieve a 92 percent approval rating.

I wish we hadn’t set the bar quite that high. I don’t want to be a pessimist but not only is that considerably higher than, say, Google (at 78 percent — and what’s not to like about Google?), it’s also higher than Santa Claus, crack cocaine and oral sex . . .


The Drudge Report is the Pug of Web Sites

23 Nov 2008 /

I read where someone said the Drudge Report is one of the best designed sites on the web. A lot of people say the Drudge Report is ugly.

Ha! A lot of people say pugs are ugly too. It doesn’t matter to me. Beautiful and ugly are just opposites that people made up. According to the Tao, there are no opposites.

The Drudge Report is the pug of web sites.

— Lightning paw