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Thoughtless design is going to cost me money… (or, why you shouldn’t ignore conventions)

Here is a new phone we got the other day. It’s our landline phone. Pretty cute huh? It’s called the Aqua by BT. Don’t buy it. I paid about £100 for a set of these phones. They are going to cost me a lot more than that in no time. Here’s the thing. How do… Continue reading Thoughtless design is going to cost me money… (or, why you shouldn’t ignore conventions)

interaction design · usability · user experience

‘I can’t work this!’ – iPhone’s cameo in Sex In The City Movie

Yes, I’ve seen the Sex In the City Movie, I’ll admit it. Either the rest of the UX community hasn’t seen it yet or we’re all just ignoring the fabulous user experience moment that Carrie has with the iPhone. For those who haven’t seen it, she is handed the iPhone (not hers) at a time… Continue reading ‘I can’t work this!’ – iPhone’s cameo in Sex In The City Movie

interaction design · usability

Dialog Boxes: Making simple things simple…

How much thought do you give to writing the text on dialog boxes when you’re designing? It’s fairly common for these to be written by the developers as they’re being coded, from what I’ve seen. They certainly deserve a whole lot more attention than they generally receive. Here’s a prime example. Notice the text that… Continue reading Dialog Boxes: Making simple things simple…