Monday, April 14th, 2008

Event Delegation for blur and focus

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Standards, Unobtrusive JS, Usability

Over at, Peter-Paul Koch is researching if Event Delegation which works splendidly with click events is also possible for blur and focus. Event Delegation means that you piggy-back on the behaviour of browsers to report events on child nodes up the tree to their parents. Instead of applying event handlers to each element you Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 9:20 am

3.3 rating from 37 votes

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

iPhone Optimization Script

Category: iPhone, JavaScript, Usability

Bob Buffone has created a tool that can be used to output script and HTML to make your site more usable on an iPhone. He tells us about it here: I bought an iPhone about six months ago; in that time I noticed that even though it had this part of the Web and that Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:23 am

3.9 rating from 23 votes

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Seek or Show: Two Design Paradigms for Lots of Data

Category: Design, Usability

Bill Scott clued me in to this interesting first post from Theresa Neil on two design paradigms for handling large amounts of data: The Seek Paradigm: Have the user ask for what they want. The Show Paradigm: Display everything up front, and let the user explore and organize it. “The first is usually more prevalent Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:32 am
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4.4 rating from 23 votes

Design issues from Aza Raskin

Category: Usability

Aza Raskin has been chatting about a couple of things now that he is at Mozilla. First, Enso 2.0 is on the horizon which will be nice and free. Aza just added his design thoughts for the new version. I am interested in seeing how Enso could do more within the browser. You can already Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:17 am
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4 rating from 12 votes

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Product pages: so much suck, so easy to fix

Category: Articles, UI, Usability

Now and then we weave the Ajaxian car into the designer fast lane from the developer one as we see something interesting. This time around we have Amy Hoy talking about product pages as an example of how to do good UX(P|D|). She starts out with UX 101: Be nice to your users and customers Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:10 am

3.4 rating from 46 votes

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Primary & Secondary Actions in Web Forms

Category: Usability

Luke Wroblewski has been doing some research for his new book and took a look at some eye-tracking and usability studies to do with web form design. He wrote up his findings in Primary & Secondary Actions in Web Forms, where he discusses alignment, differentiating paths, and placement of various pieces of the form layout: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:24 am

3.8 rating from 33 votes

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Zooomr Popup Icons

Category: UI, Usability

Podtech’s LunchMeet vidcast has done an interview with Kris Tate and Thomas Hawk of Flickr rival Zooomr. Zooomr has a lot of nice features, but one thing that stood out in the demo was the use of popup icons that appear when you hover over the photo. As you hover, they show up in the Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 7:40 pm

3.8 rating from 30 votes

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

MkeMne:). Make Money.

Category: Showcase, Usability

Mkemne:) is a basic German “finance 2.0” website aiming for an easy interface for users to assess the state of the market. It presents company info and you get to add your favorite companies to a persistent watchlist. It was developed by Nader Cserny of Brand Infection, who was also responsible for the UI design Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 6:10 pm

3.1 rating from 14 votes

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Predictions: Ajax in 2007

Category: Ajax, Editorial, Usability, Web20

It’s the time of year to be posting random predictions for 2007. Here are 2007 Ajax predictions from Dion and myself, please post your own in the comments. Dion predicts: Ajax beats AJAX in all but bad newspapers. Someone tries to coin Ajax 2.0. A large amount of apps have flash AND ajax, and users Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 8:25 am

4 rating from 67 votes

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Bill Gates on Web Apps

Category: Business, Microsoft, Usability

If you’ve read any tech news in the past 24 hours, you’ll now be familiar with the meeting Bill Gates held among influential bloggers, ahead of next year’s Mix conference. Aside from learning what’s on Bill’s Zune, we get to hear his views on the future of web apps, thanks to a question from Liz Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 8:07 am

2.6 rating from 34 votes

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Building a Fish Eye Menu

Category: Articles, Usability

Alexei White has written a post on Building a Fish Eye Menu in which he goes over iterations of his development of a fish eye component. Iteration 1 – Proximity Detection and Scaling Iteration 2 – X-Axis “Zooming” Iteration 3 – Alignments Left, Right, and Center Iteration 4 – Labels and Menu Item Activation (Bouncing) Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:53 am

4.3 rating from 62 votes

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Black Background Technique

Category: Usability

Jason Fried of 37 Signals talked about a Basecamp design decision that had to do with their help section. An Ajax callback on an input selection was occuring too fast: Speed is good, but speed can also be deceiving. Sometimes things can happen too fast. Sometimes it doesn’t look like anything changed. That was the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:05 am

3.3 rating from 28 votes

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Is Converging Towards the Desktop Good?

Category: Editorial, Usability

Aza Raskin spoke at The Ajax Experience about the desktop being dead. The talk was entertaining, and he kindly posted his slides. He has followed up the talk with a question: Is Converging Towards the Desktop Good? in which he takes the side of “No.”. He comes out against recreating windowing toolkits in JavaScript, and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:43 am

3.7 rating from 26 votes

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Web Design is 95% Typography

Category: CSS, Editorial, Usability

This is a touch off-topic, but important for those that want to build killer web applications :) The iA folks have written a post on Web Design is 95% Typography (including a follow up part two). 95% of the information on the web is written language. It is only logical to say that a web Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:37 am

4 rating from 38 votes

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Death of the Desktop by Aza Raskin

Category: The Ajax Experience, UI, Usability

Notes form Aza Raskin’s presentation on Death of the Desktop. Interface Concepts cognetics = ergonomics of the brain 7 +- 2 = amount of things we can keep in our brains habituation – never use a warning when you mean undo people will make mistakes despite any warnings, due to habit hick’s and fitt’s law Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 4:28 pm

4.2 rating from 52 votes

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Practical Design in Ajax by Sarah Nelson and David Verba

Category: Books, CSS, Design, The Ajax Experience, UI, Usability

Sarah Nelson and David Verba of Adaptive Path presented Practical Design for Ajax, a very good overview of many of the design and user experience issues in web development. They covered a lot of ground in 90 minutes and still had some good concrete examples. There were also several book recommendations to explore issues more Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 2:32 pm

3.7 rating from 26 votes