links for 23 April 2006

Shouldn’t take you long to guess what I’ve been stewing on today (thanks John!) :) Research-Based Web Guidelines: Navigation (Navigation on Right) Research shows that users click on topics in the right margin with much more efficiency than topics placed on the left because they are located much closer to the scroll bar. This allows users to quickly move the pointer between the scroll bar…

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links for 21 April 2006

Paging vs. Scrolling (Longer passages, not search results) Participants stated that they found the Paging condition to be “too broken up,” and that they had to “go back and forth” quite a bit to search for information. It is possible then, that for searching as well, viewing more of the document on a single scre (tags: usability research paging scrolling) Visualising Time Visualising time or,…

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abominable movie adaptations of books (via Kottke)

Jason Kottke has a list on his blog today of movie adaptations of books and which he has seen/read. Personally, I have had too many horrible experiences of movie adaptations almost obliterating the beautiful mental imagery I had of favourite books. So, who wants to make another list with me of movies adaptations where warnings should be given to anyone who has actually *read* the…

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User Experience & Cognitive Pleasures (there’s easy, and then there’s *experience*)

User experience and usability are two different things. And usability does not always imply a system or interface that does not require any learning, or any enquiry, or any challenge on the part of the user. I constantly find myself trying to walk a balance between using ‘convention’ where it is most appropriate, but also looking for ways that we can look to use new…

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