Category: UI

Pinterest – Everyone is trying to be on Pinerest

Pinterest

Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest – that is all I have been hearing about all week.  I have to admit that I am curious – one of the sites I work with has just set up a page and I have submitted my request for an invitation [still waiting].  I am hoping that this will not be an over-hyped social farce.  Then again, I am also think Facebook is an over-hyped social farce – so take this with a grain of salt.

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Free Online JQuery Course

JQueryAir.com
I will be the first to admit that I am severely lacking in this area, despite using JQuery on almost every site I work on. While I have yet to actually view the course I think every bit of information you can find is useful.

The course is offered by JQuery Air. I do not know much about their reputation, but give it a try. Worst case scenario – they get your email address.

Article: User Experience for Developers

UX for Developers

Pek Pongpaet has posted a good article at UXMag.com.  I have been fascinated by User Experience for years, but admit that I am quite the amateur.  I am as guilty as the IT worker in the ‘of course the user will understand exactly what we want them to do.’  Flash forward 3 months, hour 2 on a support call that Customer Service has given up on…

Me: Please click on the green arrow.

Customer: What green arrow?

Me: Which page are you currently on?

Customer: I am on my computer, I don’t have a book or a manual.

Me: I mean which web page are you looking at in your browser?

Customer: What’s a browser?

Me: [pause. sound of head hitting desk] What program are you using to access the internet?

Customer: I don’t use a program, I use the blue picture on the computer, looks like an E.  I just want to XXXX, why do you have to make it so difficult?

It all made sense when we built it, our beta test went fairly well [although limited], but in the real world you get such a variety that who knows how it will preform.

I digress – this is an interesting post with some good suggestions for resources I use myself.

Web Advent Calendar – Back for 2010

24ways.com24Ways.org has started its Advent calendar for 2010.  There seems to be a wealth of information here each year, which can be found in the archives for previous years.  The posts tend to span a wide range of topics and not all may be of interest, but I am sure you will find a few that are right up your alley.

Wireframing – Great Article

Ultimate Guide to Website Wireframing
Cameron Chapman's article on Wireframing - Must Read!

I am sorry to say that most of the projects I work on lack this very valuable step.  It is often weeks into a project where missing elements are found and I lament the day that it was decided that we ‘skip’ the wireframing step.  In fact it is happening right now.

I have only breezed through this article quickly, but it is bookmarked and ready to be revisited [as soon as I can squeeze it in].  In the meantime I really recommend you take a look yourself at Cameron Chapman’s Ultimate Guide to Website Wireframing.

Special thanks to @boagworld for sending the tweet.