Information Architecture

Yahoo’s homepage in screengrabs from 1996 to 2009

Can’t see the embedded flash above? [view low res | view high res] I like the way you can see the recurring pattern of a pristine design getting gradually tweaked and cluttered until it hits tipping point, then it gets … Continue reading

What initial wireframe sketches should look like.

Check out these initial sketches for the Scribd user interface. This is what they should look like: messy and conceptual. For some reason, a lot of people still don’t get this. Being able to draw is a bonus, not a … Continue reading

The ‘Boxing Glove’ Wireframing Technique

I’ve been delivering a lot of User-Centred Design training lately at Flow, and I’ve noticed that when most people do paper UI sketching, they can’t help going “hi-fi”, and making very precise wireframes. It’s just too easy to get sucked … Continue reading

Google ditch the name “Froogle” in favour of “Products”

A while back I blogged about how Google was missing a trick with the name “froogle”. In short, its an in-joke that a lot of people just didn’t get (a pun combining “Google” with “frugal”), and didn’t even realise that … Continue reading

How much is this phone?

. Another great deal from Three.

Disinformation design

Check out the full size version of this sceen grab. Imagine you are planning on buying a new contract for your mobile phone. This deal looks good doesn’t it? 2000 minutes & 1000 SMS for only £25 a month, with … Continue reading

Interesting IA on

windows on the web?

(That’s windows with a small ‘w’) Steven Garrity discusses web based applications over at Acts of Volition. The following paragraph caught my eye: “The browser canvas already lives in a window, often in a tab inside that window. Filling it … Continue reading

OLPC User Interface: social features

Here I have put together a slideshow of the social aspects of the OLPC UI. I gathered the stills and information from the OLPC wiki. (The video is a mock-up of how the UI would work, if it were implemented … Continue reading

Interfaces for Power Users

In Productivity and Screen Size,  Jacob Nielson trashes a recent Apple survey on how fabulous large monitors are for productivity. (He doesn’t actually say he disagree’s with Apple’s results, just that their methodology was suspect). I’m not quite sure whether … Continue reading