Graceful Interfaces

Over the last couple of days, I have done some online shopping and been pleasantly surprised by a couple of small interface behaviors that made my life easier as a shopper. Amazon [http://www.amazon.com] When presented with the login screen – the information is already pre-filled (I saved it in my browser) – but the radio…

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the eight types

Whitney Hess points me to the blog of Tom Fishburne who does these amazingly funny cartoons of corporate life. He has a series that describes the 8 types of creative directors, the 8 types of bad creative critics and the 8 types of brand managers. If you have ever worked with a CD or Brand…

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New Yahoo! Developer Network design rolling out

Our first batch of the newly designed site rolled out today! It looks great and is the collaborative work of an incredibly talented team. Lucas Pettinati who is the UX lead for the project, Stephan Douris who created a beautiful visual language for the site, Jono Kane who prototyped the hell out of things and…

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No Bosses

Interesting post by VC Paul Graham. It’s an interesting essay on the dynamics of humans in groups and makes a case for working in smaller companies rather than in large ones with hierarchies. Definitely food for thought.

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Getting your game on

One of my longtime colleagues and friend Matt Leacock, who is an amazing interaction designer, is also a board game designer. He often has coworkers alpha and beta test his games – which are amazingly complex but fun – so it’s been fun to see his ideas evolve as he iterates and refines the games….

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still working some kinks out

this new blog is on wordpress and I am still figuring out how it all works – specifically accepting comments. so, apologies if you have tried to comment and been unsuccessful – I am working to figure out where all the settings are. Many years using MT had me trained in that system of settings….

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Conducting a workshop at the 2008 IA Summit – register now!

I am conducting a preconference workshop, with my esteemed colleagues Christian Crumlish and Lucas Pettinati, on building a pattern library and using patterns and code libraries to build sites. The official title: Design patterns: from interaction to design to build The full workshop description is posted on the conference website. I highly recommend you check…

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Not Just a Number

One of the cool things about now working on the Yahoo! Developer Network, is finding out about all the cool things people are doing with the technologies and services we offer. Not Just a Number is one of those. Featured here in a YDN Theater Video released last week, Sean Connelly and Katy Newton talk…

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Thinking About Transitions

In articles I have written for Boxes and Arrows, I have spoken about the designer, the individual contributor making the transition to management. I now find that I am in a position of transition in my career and am seeking advice and words of wisdom. We recently went through a reorg at work, as I…

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obligatory end of year post

it’s the last day of the year and I think I should be reflecting on things from this past year. It was a year of constants and change at the job – lots of expansion of the Platform role and the team. I hired 13 awesome people to the team. The end of the year…

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