Ambient Signifiers

Posted on September 20, 2006

Ross Howard wrote a very interesting article on Boxes and Arrows called Ambient Signifiers. The main concept of the article is how we, as designers, can add more ambient signifiers to websites to make them more usable and give users more subtle cues as to their location and state within the system. Ross uses a great example of what an ambient signifier is: "When on my regular commute on Japan Railways (JR) East’s Chuo-Sobu line out from ...

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CanUX 06

Posted on September 19, 2006

Banff is beautiful! Especially when it is inhabited by some of the best minds in UX today. The CanUX conference was a great experience. I would definitely recommend it to anybody who is interested in attending next year. There were some amazing speakers as well some awesome conversations sparked by the insights of the group. One of my favorite presentations was done by Microsoft Windows Client Usability Lead, Joey Benedek, on testing, measuring ...

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NYT 2006 Election Guide

Posted on September 13, 2006

The New York Times has a very interesting interface to view the 2006 US elections races. It can be found here. The interface shows the information in a very easy and digestible way, as well as lets you narrow the information down to very specific races and details. I haven't played around with it too much, but so far it seems like it is very usable. Check it out.

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Extispicious Visualizations

Posted on September 12, 2006

I am not too sure how I came across this, but I did => kevan.org/extispicious. It appears to have been around for a while, but this is the first time that I have seen them. There are two versions, the text version as well as an image version. They both take your delicious user account name and create a visualization of the tags used within the given account. Although the idea itself is not revolutionary, I do like being able to see this type ...

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Greg Bell Design V3.0

Posted on September 11, 2006

Welcome to the newly redesigned Greg Bell Design.com. A new site for a new year (school year that is). I still have some work to do, but the main pages are in working order. I felt that it was time for a new look around here, as well as a major structural change. The site no longer pushes to my design portfolio. Instead, i am allowing for a more organic experience through my writing. I am looking forward to filling this space with User ...

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