Buy CSS for Babies Board Book by John Vanden-Heuvel – The Bazaar

It’s never too early to be standards compliant!

Show your little ones how to display HTML elements properly with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and familiarize them with the visual patterns and symbols that make up the essential building blocks of the Web.

CSS for Babies is the second in a three-volume set, originally designed by a NYC Web Designer for his baby. This beautiful book is a fun and colorful introduction to the ABC’s of the web.

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20 Tips for your Next Moderated Usability Test

April 11th, 2012:

Despite the rise in unmoderated usability testing, the bulk of evaluations are still done with a facilitator.

Whether you are sitting next to the user in a lab or sharing screens with someone thousands of miles away, here are 20 practical tips for your next moderated usability test.

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Extending the Experience Beyond the Device | UX Magazine

Over the last few years, the popularity of UX has grown by leaps and bounds. Companies have come to realize the importance of offering engaging experiences to their users, lest they risk losing them to competitors that have invested time and money into improving their product and service experiences. An interesting side effect of this enhanced focus on UX is that it has helped make users more sophisticated. This, however, can be a double-edged sword; as users become more sophisticated their expectations also increase, and UX professionals must find new ways to meet these elevated expectations. One way to achieve this is to extend the experience beyond the device.

Most of the time when we think about UX, we are thinking within the confines of the digital world. What I’m suggesting, however, is that there are ways to extend the user’s experience from the digital world into the real world. This is by no means an earth-shattering revelation; businesses have been working hard at offering exceptional offline experiences for decades. The explosion of the web and, more recently, mobile devices has given businesses an exciting channel to expand the experience.

This holistic approach can create very powerful experiences, w

via Extending the Experience Beyond the Device | UX Magazine.

SAP Design Guild — Transformative User Experience: Beyond Packaged Design

The term transformative has different connotations, but it usually refers to the concept of significant, irreversible change, often considered game changing due to its ability to redefine an entire value system. Recently we have observed new technologies that are deemed to be transformative, for example, by enabling us to maintain relationships remotely via social networks, access information anytime anywhere via mobile devices, or obtain search results instantly.

What has not yet become transformative is the user interface itself. The fundamental design rationale for designing applications goes back to the 1980s, when mainframes were replaced by personal computers and PC software was packaged into applications. Since then, the concept of a software application packaged at design time with proper functionality has dominated the design of end-user software. In this approach, each application comes with its own data model, and the user interface displays these data structures as application content. Data objects presented at the user-interface level are designed to match the user’s mental model, but this also ties them to the semantics defined by the application scope.

via SAP Design Guild — Transformative User Experience: Beyond Packaged Design.

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Firstly, apologies to Michael for editing my post, it meant that his amusing comment no longer made sense. Sorry Michael!

I’ve built a Page Table template (attached), culled from a couple of sources (couldn’t actually find that many and they all referred to Kristina @halvorson)

The benefits of this approach are:

– ensuring consistency of delivery (we will have multiple editors)

– focussing on user goals – what tasks are they working on?

– thinking about the ‘message’ that the page is conveying.  In the site that we are working on, Statistics Views, what we really want to say ‘is that we’re a great publisher, come to us!’.  So, where possible pages need to convey this

– identify a maintenance and evolution schedule (when to review or remove)

Stats_-_page_table_template_v0.1.doc
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