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Matt Jones about Technorati (I posted a comment a few days ago) Michael Sippey on Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz David Wertheimer on home page organization
Signal vs. Noise: Design on the Clock "The Seattle Post-Intelligencer launched an innovative home page redesign today. The layout changes based on the time of day. They have an afternoon layout ("more links to material that might provoke a smile"), a 4-o
Try this link in 800×600. Depending on how much chrome you’re using you might get less than two full search results above the fold. And this page doesn’t even include Froogle results (it does include news though). I don’t pay attention because I have 8 times that resolution in front of me, and my browser [...]
Signal vs. Noise: Shopping by Color "J.Crew now lets you shop by color. For example, here are brown or grey or green sweaters." Here’s the shop-by-color landing page. Excellent idea, it would make even more sense if they supported that feature across the whole selection and not just for sweaters.
Scoble wants to know why people hate Microsoft. Well, here’s what the company really needs to realize. You’re not smarter than us, so lose that pretense in your software. That Office is constantly trying to predict what it is we’re trying to do, only to fail and get in the way most of the time, [...]
Do a couple searches on Buymusic.com and it’s obvious they don’t care about music at all. From spelling mistakes (for instance "Anne Peebles" — it’s Ann) to the underlying assumption that the track is the core product, this is an amateurish effort from a web delivery perspective, and an insult to the music lover. A [...]
Signal vs. Noise: "Orbitz’ "flex search" offers a helpful feature where you can specify additional dates to include in your search (e.g. 1 day before and after the date you submit). The results screen comes with an excellent use of table cell highlighting
Not terribly useful, but fun: Anacubis (radial links), Honeycomb (like SmartMoney’s square market map).
In: user experience9 Sep 2003
Boxes & Arrows: "Sitemaps and site indexes are forms of supplemental navigation. They give users a way to navigate a site without having to use the global navigation. By providing a way to visualize and understand the layout and structure of the site, a sitemap can help a lost or confused user find her way. [...]
I'm CEO of an online trade publishing firm in the marketing and defense verticals. We try to make news and data digestible and useful in an environment that is more noisy each day. This personal blog mixes my thoughts and interests on politics, business, software, and more, based on my business and personal experiences. Over the years I have posted items that turned out spectacularly wrong, and a few posts that stood the test of times better. Personal views only.