Archive for April, 2005

Sorting 1 2 3

Friday, April 29th, 2005

Card sorting is way of letting users in on the process of organizing data or helping with your navigation labels and structure. Mark Bolton has decided to take the “how-to” of card sorting and make it straightforward for you and me. There‚Äôs a lot of information about on what they are, how to conduct them. […]

Getting folksy with it

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

A new approach to classifying content is emerging out of sites such as Flickr,, and 43things. It’s a user-driven approach that lets the users add their own tags to information and then creates site navigation out of those tags. Instead of a taxonomy created from the top down, you have a “folksonomy” created from […]

Bigger, it’s the new black

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Can bigger be better in web interface design? We have some guidance in Fitts’ Law:The time needed to acquire a target is a function of the distance to the target, and the size of the target. Fitts is an argument against chock Full-O-Stuff page design. So is there the beginning of a design trend that […]

A new game?

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Having seen the highs and lows of the first dot com era, is it possible we’re on the upswing again? Blogging, tagging, Ajax, 43 Things, Flickr, Google Satellite Maps, Wikipedia,, some new excitement seems to be in the air. Some Friday inspiration from adaptive path’s Janice Fraser: Something is happening right now, and the […]

How well does your CMS write?

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

As we often discuss with clients, a content management system is cool, but it’s only part of the story. The ability to instantly publish content only works if your instantly published content is readable, interesting, consistent in message, and free of embarrassing typos and grammatical hiccups. And while updating routine info — calendar items, dates, […]