Apple: Tabbed Inspectors Suck; Adobe and Omni get it right.

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Could you PLEASE redesign your OS conventions for big screens? Or at least afford some expert accelerators for people with big monitors? This drives me nuts whenever I use Keynote. Most common tasks: Bullet points, type style changes, and borders on...

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Miss Manners on Interaction Design*

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"People who are deluged with information on a subject in which they have limited interest (apologies to the couple, but such is life) do not become increasingly informed. Quite the opposite. They tune out." -- Miss Manners' Guide to a...

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Google Calendar: Your modals suck.

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Seriously, don't you ask your candidates about Fitts' Law during interviews any more? It's not like scheduling recurring meetings is an infrequent event, especially at a business, making this a merely occasional annoyance. This MUST annoy Google employees too. And...

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Groupon is hiring UX people, all levels, all functions.

All roles can be in our Palo Alto product / development office or in our Chicago HQ. We're looking for people in all roles who have a strong grounding in design theory, human cognition, and technical knowledge -- the classic...

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When I type "i.e.", I'm not ending a sentence. Thanks.

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I hate you, Outlook....

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Yes, I DO often want to see my email and calendar at the same time

Convo in team chatroom: Ellen Beldner: Is there any way in Outlook 2011 for me to simultaneously view both my calendar and email? like, the way I'd be able to do if we used Google Apps and I had a...

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...but Outlook, I don't see a SAVE button.

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Jakob says (http://www.useit.com/alertbox/action-object-closeness.html): One of the oldest principles of human-computer interaction is that things that are close together on the screen are seen as related. (Similarly, users view as related those things that are the same color or shape,...

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UI shit like this drives me *batty*: I hate Outlook

A snippet of a chat I had today with a coworker:Monday, January 24, 2011 11:56 Ellen Beldner: outlook is a bitch so i'm just going ot communicate with you via chat so: Liz scheduled a brainstorm tomorrow during our 1:1...

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Pandora: iPad HCI fail

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"Oooh! Pandora for my iPad, cool! I've been getting into Pandora lately, bought a premium subscription, using it a lot more & becoming a fan...." Download & install -- fairly simple. Could be more sexy of an app. "Oh, I...

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Thoughts on Interface Consistency

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We had a big discussion today at work about consistency. When do you force it? When do you challenge it? On one hand, I understand the point made by a PM: "But I just think it looks bad. I don't...

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My Design Principles

This list is based on the original Google design team's UI principles, which I helped draft in 2004-ish. Google updated its UI principles and published them around 2008, when Irene Au started working on publicly promoting the team and its...

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Happy Diwali from LinkedIn!

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Had my first launch at LinkedIn yesterday. It's a custom homepage, visible in India, that wishes viewers a happy Diwali from different LinkedIn employees. Happy Diwali LinkedIn blog post. We went from mockups to launch in about 36 hours, which...

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Collaboration and Crowdsourcing

The system is what the user makes of it -- the system is what the user brings to it. That's the essence of social sites, compared to crowdsourced sites. Crowdsourcing fails and usually sucks, unless you have a community of...

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In search of books on mobile usability & UI...

Recalling CMU intro HCI course whose capstone project was UI improvements for the PalmOS.... Here's the question on Quora, but haven't yet gotten much of a response: http://www.quora.com/q/What_are_the_best_fresh_up_to_date_academic_type_resources_for_mobile_UI_UX_design...

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Out of control outgoing links

Okay, I already knew that I hate and detest the new-ish Facebook practice in which you don't just navigate to outgoing links; you get taken to a Facebook page with the site you were trying to visit loaded into a...

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