a (currently free) service that backs up any MySQL blog remotely. Nice idea, but am I the only person feeling a little reticent about giving someone else all my content in a nice little bundle like that. (yes, yes… I know, they could just as easily get it all via RSS… so I’m being paranoid. right?
an intermediate-level book about interface and interaction design, structured as a pattern language. This site contains excerpts from some of the book’s patterns. The book has more, of course — more introductory material, more patterns, and more examples
Marc compares the ‘default images’ you find at Flickr, 43 Things and Last.FM and asks how the design of these icons might influence whether people replace them with their own images/avatars or not. Interesting.
I wish I was going to Webstock. Look at their amazing speaker list! I hope someone will be doing lots of liveblogging while it’s on (please!). eh. The downside to freelancing. No company training budget to send you off to conferences. *sigh*
Richard MacManus reports that one of Yahoo’s ‘Big Bets for the next 5 years’ is Next Generation Experience/User experience. We’ve definitely seen them taking laying the ground work for this. (other Big Bets include Monetization, Platforms, and Beyond the Browser).
did you know Adaptive Path now had a blog? Here’s a post from it. Here Brandon Schauer lists five perceived attributes that inform people’s decisions about adopting new technologies (via Everett M Rogers’ book Diffusion of Innovations): relative advantage, compatability, complexity, trialability and observability
here’s Derek Powazek’s critique of Google design. He starts off criticising the visual design, but it’s really more an interaction design critique in the end. The overall moral being ‘don’t just copy Google’. For me, I think attacking the search homepage is a little easy, given how much of Google there is to critique now – not the least of which, how it all might come together.
[not] .. everything should be easy and natural. But the challenges should never be in the use of a thing. …The challenges are what makes the activity engaging and,…worth it. But the tools you use to meet those challenges should get out of your way!