design is a good idea (on ugliness, with some thoughts on the DesignGuys Craiglist ‘realignment’)

There’s been a whole lot of talk lately about ‘ugly design’ and the perception that ‘it works’. The often quoted examples are My Space, eBay, Craigs List, and Del.icio.us. As someone who spends too much time thinking about design and trying to apply user centred design principles to the projects I work on, I find this somewhat annoying. First up, let’s define what we mean…

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you’ve gotta know when to hold ’em…

I *knew* it was just a matter of time before I was able to use Kenny Rogers on my blog. And it’s all thanks to Joshua Porter who has written a great post comparing design with playing cards. Each design is a new hand of cards. Not only are the cards we’re holding different every time, but so are the hands of the other players….

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links for 19 March 2006

argh. I can’t believe its 19 March already! Hope you all had a great weekend :) Just one little link for you today, continuing some earlier thoughts on tag clouds and their potential for non-evilness. Tag Cloud Usability Guidelines a few guidelines for tag cloud usability, arrived at by playing with a number of tag cloud implementations. These are all fairly straightforward derivations of common…

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Flickr? Not a flicker (of recognition)

I think I mentioned that I’ve been doing some user testing lately for a project I’m working on at the moment. As part of that research, I included some questions to see whether services like Flickr and Del.icio.us were making any impact on the ‘general public’. Working in web, and reading/writing blogs, it sometimes seems like *everyone* knows about Del.icio.us and Flickr and I find…

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