8 Sep 2009 - 12:37pm
Thomas Maiorana

Product Standard Guidelines

Hi there.
Does anyone know of a good resource which outlines basic product
standards for a website. (it's a very data heavy site)

I imagine it's easier to find more quantifiable items such as load
times and working across browsers, but I'd love to find something
that sets a minimum bar for clarity in the UI design.

We're looking for something which will help the engineering and QA
teams evaluate if the site is adequate from a IxD perspective.

Any help would be much appreciated.

1 Apr 2009 - 3:52pm
7 years ago
2 replies

Avoiding subjective topics in meetings

Often, when dealing with clients, they love to discuss subjective
topics that have no validity, because they have no empirical
evidence. These could easily be obviated with usability studies, but
very often, clients do not want to these studies. Also, time with
clients is limited, so meetings are wasted on useless discussion and
not important decisions.

These topics can often include: colors, toolbar/button placement,
logo placement, transitions, etc.

Does anyone know of good "best practice" methods to avoid this
waste of time.

12 Jul 2008 - 4:29pm
8 years ago
9 replies

When is a hyperlink NOT?

Call me old school. Call me a dinosaur wandering the earth right before the
meteor hit and turned my sorry butt to ash, but I still think a hyperlink
should be a hyperlink. Further, I think a contextual link embedded in
content with a anchored link a proper noun should go to that place. The
Washington Post disagrees.

21 May 2008 - 11:44am

Another Flash-FLEX question - design books?

I promise this isn't related to my previous Flash question - just coincidence.

Are there books people would recommend that talk about how to create
good designs in Flash/FLEX. For example, there appear to be
particular ways one has to work with CSS to get the effect one might
want. And there is a particular widget set that has certain
affordances, some of which seem better than others. I'm looking more
for some "how to" and "best practices" information than I am general
design pattern type stuff. But I'll take what I can get.

Thanks in advance,

3 Feb 2008 - 10:03am
8 years ago
24 replies
Micah Freedman

"home" links

Does anyone have any research and/or rules-of-thumb about the
usefulness of putting "home" in the permanent navigation? I tend to
want to leave it off because A) on most sites, I feel like once the
user is in the site, there's not really much of a reason for them to
go home, and B) The "click on the logo to go home" pattern seems
universal enough that everyone *should* know about it. OTOH, I can
easily imagine "Aunt Tilly" looking for the home link and getting
confused if it's not there. Are there times when it should be used?

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