A case study about the wrong turns taken during a redesign project and the impact of design-by-committee on team morale.
A top list of 100 high-traffic library websites as they appear according to their Alexa rankings.
Library organizations who carve-out salaries for dedicated tech folk face an obstacle wherein they need to figure out how they are going to address their continuing education.
We formed a study group to learn ReactJS. Over twelve weeks this summer, we are going to take Tyler McGinnis’s free and asynchronous course, meetup virtually, and level-up together. You should join us.
Where budgets and talents and times are constrained, we need to be able to determine where optimizing performance has the most bang for its buck, where speed matters, and where it doesn’t.
The loudest voices (or squeaky wheels) often get workflow priority, and thus get their work completed first. Most of the time it isn’t clear to the development team what is truly important to stakeholders, personnel, or patrons.
With our user’s context and behavior available to us, can we – should we – use it to craft experiences unique to each individual?
The blossoming of library user experience roles, named and unnamed, the community growing around it, the talks, conferences, and corresponding literature signal a broad — if shallow — pond, because while we can workshop card sorts and redesign websites, we find it pretty hard to succinctly answer: what is user experience?
27% of all new devices activated for Christmas this year were phablets and 50% of all Android devices activated in the same timeframe were phablets. We say “unstoppable” because if the current trends hold, the phablet will become the dominant form factor by October of next year.Simon Khalaf, SVP, Product & Engineering, Publisher Products, Yahoo
Of interest to designers and web teams might be the changing common size of so-called small screens, which way back in early iPhone days constituted an easy media query at something-something 320px, but now is of course a little bit more nebulous and a whole lot bigger.
Having the inventory implies nothing about what then to do with it, and it is tempting to look ahead to the so-what anticlimax of an audit and decide that the undertaking isn’t really worth the time. My thinking was that the completed audit, then, should be a tool – not just a reference. It needs to offer some sort answer to the inevitable question – now what?
Skeuomorphic material design uses depth and animation to feel like shuffling paper around on a desk. For Siri and Cortana to succeed they need to mimic consciousnesses who can parse complex meaning in human speech. The more artificial they seem by clearly misunderstanding, then the poorer the user experience and the greater the failure.
The user experience is a measurement which correlates to the library's bottom line. However you measure success — whether by increased circulation, database usage, card registration, or foot traffic — a good user experience is good business.
Hi there, Michael and Amanda here. We help push libraries forward by teaching teams to write and maintain front-ends that intend to grow, designs that work toward goals, and systems that prepare content to go anywhere — because, well, it’s going to go everywhere.
Note what is lacking when it comes to ebook’s advantages: the user experience. At the very best the user experience comparison (excluding the convenience factor) is a push; I’d argue it tilts towards physical books.Ben Thompson (www.stratechery.com)
So, when it comes to ebooks I am in the minority: I prefer them to the real thing. The aesthetic or whats-it about the musty trappings of paper and ink or looming space-sapping towers of shelving just don’t capture my… Continue Reading →
Anticipatory design is a way to think about using context and user behavior as well as personal data – if and when ethically available – to craft a “user experience for one” to reduce the interaction cost, the decision fatigue, or – in the Brad Frost way of doing things – cut out the bullshit.
This useful vanilla wrapper allows for use of a jQuery-like dollar-sign selector that lets us more conveniently iterate through elements. It’s handy and pretty-looking.