Category Archives: Usability

Web Usability panel

I just got home from a presentation organised by WebGuild which was a panel discussion on web usability.  Met lots of interesting people of course, but the highlight for me was of course hearing Tom Chi, Jeremy Ashley, and David … Continue reading

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“Social layer” vs “Social network”

This afternoon we (Trovix) released Trovix Connect, the new version of our Trovix job portal. (incidentally, we’ve been using that as internal name well before Google Friend Connect and Facebook Connect!) I feel like we’ve kind of jumped on the … Continue reading

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Spamming users

One of the great things about Australia is we have a very strong department in the government called the ACCC.  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission does a great job of keeping things fair in Australia between businesses and consumers.  … Continue reading

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The best feature of Firefox

I may be a little late to the party, but in the last 3 months I’ve begun using this feature more and more: Typing something in the address bar does an I’m Feeling Lucky search on Google. Sounds simple, and … Continue reading

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Picasa photo tuning

This is a continuation of Part 1 of my Picasa discussion. I am continually surprised by how powerful the relatively simple photo tuning tools of Picasa are. Take for example this photo my wife snapped while flying from Seattle to … Continue reading

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Picasa as an example of great design

I’ve been a long-time fan of Picasa, and it ultimately comes down to several reasons: It’s fast. Very fast. It has a great UI. Functionality. Integration. Fast Picasa has been optimized to very quickly load, to handle large libraries of … Continue reading

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Turn your iPhone into a wifi Skype phone

There has been a lot of buzz on the intertubes today about Fring.  They’re an Israeli startup who released a fairly popular mobile chat client.  That’s simplifying things – in addition to supporting every major IM client, Fring automatically logs … Continue reading

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Apple’s take on brainstorming

One thing I found quite difficult when transitioning from an engineer to a designer was the idea that blue-sky brainstorming was okay.  I remember during one of my first brainstorming sessions, we were trying to come up with a novel … Continue reading

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