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Author Archives: John Foster

Usability: A Well Told Story

Have you ever had the pleasure to listen to a really good story-teller? The kind that you’ll hang around a little while longer even though you have other things to do… because the experience is so enjoyable. I was remembering a story-teller I met in Oregon a few years ago and it got me thinking…Continue Reading

User Interface Heuristics…10? Seriously?

We have an intern now – and interns tend to ask the darndest questions. Some are of the “Where can I hang my coat?” variety. While others go deeper. Much deeper. She seemed to be completely frustrated with Jakob Nielsen’s 10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design. Her question: why are there so many? (She…Continue Reading

Standardized Design and Digestibility

Some designers try and stay away from standard convention to prove their creativity. That can lead to wonderful results, but often there is a price to pay. That price is digestibility of the content, which translates to usability. Imagine you walk into your favorite western style restaurant. You sit down and glance around the table.…Continue Reading

Extremely deadly usability

Sometimes nature really gets it right. By “right”, I mean effective. Really effective. Take a look at one of the most beautiful and most effective carnivores on the planet… the mantis shrimp. The picture below shows what we can see of it…. but we can only see combinations of 3 colors (red, blue, green). The…Continue Reading

The first post

You have to start somewhere right? Even if you’ve been around forever. The thing is, when you’ve been around forever, you don’t want to blog about what everybody else is blogging. It is boring, and flattens your inspiration. Sure, sometimes you have to do a little of That Dry Stuff, but you really want to…Continue Reading