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UI vs UX, and The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay. Safe harbor to the seeders and leechers of both open and protected content. It is rare that you come across such a disparity between UI versus UX as that of The Pirate Bay. For those of you who don’t know, The Pirate Bay is a website that lets you download movies, music,…Continue Reading

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