Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Researching Web Usability - Web Heuristics for Web 2.0 & 3.0

Web Heuristics are guidelines for good web usability. Every company should have their own proprietary set of guidelines for product usability. But from what I've seen, most start up companies (in tech) focus more on rapid growth at the cost of actual usability.

I am working on developing my own set of web 3.0 heuristics which I intend to publish on this blog for the benefit of all. My new set of heuristics will take into account newer internet trends and interfaces which I don't think are addressed by previously published guidelines. Like aspects of community, user generated content, sharing, rich media, and Flash interactions.

I want to hear from you!
If you are a web designer/developer and have some recommendations for research materials, please leave a comment. Not a developer? Comment about what sites you think are easy to use and which ones you hate. Thank you!


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Summer Travel Plannage East Coast Style

I'll be on the east coast from August 13 - September 7th.

To help plan my trip, I've created this poll.

Wont you help me decide what to do on the east coast this summer?

Monday, July 9, 2007

Mini Review: Alexa.com

Alexa is this great software/service that gives you information about how people use the internet. Wanna see how many people read your blog? How much more popular is facebook (15) vs. hi5.com (14) or youtube (4)? I never really use Alexa. I'd like to, but I'm on a Mac.

Now this is just lame. On the internet of all places. I thought we grew out of "browser segregation" after web 2.0? I think this is a bad business decision. Now consider the popularity of Apple.com
(89) vs. say Sony.com (913). Hmm... I wonder if I should install an alexa sidebar widget?

Monday, July 2, 2007

Back at The Kitchen Table

Happy July! It's great to be back at the kitchen table working independently for a number of clients. What are we up to now? A few logos. A presentation for Always On. A few interviews (of course), and a lot of search engine marketing work.

This weekend, despite the iphone, the news media got down on all of tech.

New York Times
The Cult of the Amateur
How Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture
By Andrew Keen
228 pages. Doubleday. $22.95.


Mr. Keen postulates (and I have to agree),


What you may not realize is that what is free is actually costing us a fortune,” Mr. Keen writes. “The new winners — Google, YouTube, MySpace, Craigslist, and the hundreds of start-ups hungry for a piece of the Web 2.0 pie — are unlikely to fill the shoes of the industries they are helping to undermine, in terms of products produced, jobs created, revenue generated or benefits conferred. By stealing away our eyeballs, the blogs and wikis are decimating the publishing, music and news-gathering industries that created the original content those Web sites ‘aggregate.’ Our culture is essentially cannibalizing its young, destroying the very sources of the content they crave.

SF Chronicle
Tuning Out Technology
Pressures of the wired world drive some to cut back on email and electronic gadgets
By Edward Guthmann

Hmm maybe it's time for a "technology sabbatical" in order to find some real culture?