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Graduation Report: Activity Stream – Firefox Test Pilot – Medium - https://medium.com/
Question is: how to get back that list view of the activity stream, with the actual URL, instead of a big chunky image?
firefox  activitystream  newtabpage  ux  ui  testpilot 
april 2019 by kme
Should Links Open In New Windows? — Smashing Magazine
Also includes a JavaScript snippet (no cookies) for setting a page-wide preference based on user input.
In fact, developers often tend to forget a simple, almost elementary fact: if users want to close the application or leave a site, they will — doesn’t matter which obstacles are placed on their path to the exit-button. The more obstacles there are the more negative the user experience will be.
webdevel  webdesign  newtab  antipattern  ux  dontdoit 
march 2019 by kme
When to use target="_blank" | CSS-Tricks
Branding branding branding! Eyeballs baby. Metrics. ENGAGEMENT.

Other sites should have normal-style links, but our site is special. Our site is more important and should never be left behind
webdevel  webdesign  antipattern  ux 
march 2019 by kme
Flow - MediaWiki [https://www.mediawiki.org/]
Why is there so much whitespace/padding?[edit]
Whitespace is used for your eyes' resting spots. It helps you focus on content and increases content comprehension by 20%,[10] which is important in discussing complicated issues. It decreases user dissatisfaction, which could result in an unhealthy discussion and harassment. We know what kind of harm to productive conversations misunderstandings and misinterpretation can do.[11]

In addition to the above, white space helps structure a wall-sized amount of text, communicates the relationship between content, and improves scannability and readability. "The eye cannot focus on excessively close lines and … the reader expends energy in the wrong place and tires more easily. The same also holds true for lines that are too widely spaced ... Where reading is smooth and easy, the meaning content of the words is grasped more clearly[.]"[12] The optimal text leading is x1.5 of the text size. The text size we will be using is 16pt at 25pt leading.[13]

See also[edit]
Whitespace myth
Best practices analysis
That being said -- there is a wide range in users' preference for information density. Core MediaWiki is very information-dense, with a completely fluid width and tight line spacing -- and, possibly not coincidentally, experienced MediaWiki users tend to prefer greater information density. (This may be the equivalent of natural selection.) One of the goals for Flow is to make the discussion system more accessible for new users, and part of that may include a less info-dense design. We're still figuring out the right balance, and this may include individual preferences for display density, with Gmail's recent redesign as an example.
discussion  forum  wikipedia  ux  whitespace 
november 2016 by kme
State of the Animation with Rachel Nabors @ SFHTML5 - YouTube
Researchers for operating systems, uh, working on operating systems back in the 90s found that we can speed up a person's, a user's, mental processing by offloading their interpolation of two states to their visual cortex--basically it's the brain's GPU. So that they can have two tasks running on the brain at the same time.

They don't have to stop and think about where they've come from and where they're going if you animate all of that for them.
animation  video  html5  webdesign  interactiondesign  ui  ux  webdevel  css 
july 2016 by kme
Don't Give Your Users Shit Work - http://zachholman.com/
This is why I was never fascinated by Google+ and its concept of Circles. You have to go through entire sub-communities of your friends and drop them into arbitrary groupings. That sounds like shit work to me. What happens if I get really hammered with a Business Acquaintance and he becomes a Close Drinking Partner? Do I move his circles around? What happens if we hire him? Is he a Coworker and a Close Drinking Partner? The last thing I want to have to worry about is continually micromanaging another facet of life. This is important, since Google+ Circles is allegedly about privacy, and if you don't continually cultivate your circles, you could inadvertently send out the wrong update to the wrong subset of contacts.
socialmedia  shitwork  google  ux  design  userabuse 
october 2015 by kme
Destroying Apple’s Legacy… or Saving It : Cheerful

At heart, what users — humans — need is to not deal with bullshit:

* A user should never have to ask themselves: “Is that clickable?”
* A user should never have to pause and be concerned: “Wait, am I in the right app?”
* A user should never wonder: “Did that tap… work?”
* A user should never have to use a widget where proper use impedes accuracy (e.g. a date/time scroll wheel, where scrolling with your finger covers the time being selected).
* A user should never have to click on every single element to figure out which is a radio button, which is an on/off, which is a multi-select, which is editable text.
* A user should never have to wonder about the purpose of the menu bar.
* A user should never, ever, EVER be mistaken about whether the Shift key is active.
* A user shouldn’t have to work harder to read text because it is made out of “translucent material.”
design  apple  ux  ui  rant 
september 2015 by kme
Part 6: A closer look at e-book borrowing | Pew Internet Libraries
However, many library staff respondents identified larger concerns related to the rise of e-content, and noted that some of these issues went beyond budgetary concerns:

“Money is not the major obstacle for us; the major obstacle is the lack of publishers and titles in OverDrive. We are purchasing NOOK devices and loading them with bestsellers to add to our OverDrive titles.”
“The obstacle right now is our confusing and unclear copyright and intellectual property laws, which can’t be fixed with money alone.”
“Overall, periodical databases and e-book licensings mean that the library no longer owns the copies. Once we cease a subscription the material is gone. Until publishers and the library community are able to work out fair deals that also benefit patrons, e-book lending will be a problem.”
libraries  library  ebooks  sadness  research  ux  badux 
july 2015 by kme
Mum tries out Elementary OS Luna Beta 1 (2012) - YouTube
"Why don't all operating systems run like that?" --Indeed.
elementaryos  firsttimer  ux  video 
june 2015 by kme
Flat design is great for mediocre designers like me | Whoops by Jonathan Libov
But if you're an untrained, not-so-great designer like me, please relish this era of flat design. Whenever the pendulum swings back to more ornate designs, or whenever animation quality becomes the primary differentiator between good and bad apps, it's going to become really difficult for an untrained designer to pass as a decent designer.

In other words, these Freebie-PSD chickens will eventually come home to roost.
design  development  ux  ui 
may 2015 by kme
Don't Make Me Click - YouTube
"The Seduction of Interaction"
ui  ux  techtalks  video 
april 2014 by kme
Dark Patterns - User Interfaces Designed to Trick People
I saw you were buying sage and onion, and I though this would go together well.
ui  ux  design  patterns  scammers  advertising  sleaze  slides  antipatterns 
february 2014 by kme
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