visual design & credibility

"An organization of real human beings who are trying to address genuinely complex issues ought not generate a webpage as smooth and featureless as a bowlful of Maalox." http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/005850.html this is why Google's old design (2003 - 2009) was friendly...

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Expensify's marketing reminds me of YUCK, not WIN.

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Expensify is pretty good software. At a previous job I tried getting our accounting department to use it, but apparently they preferred to make me print out their sadistic and nonsensical spreadsheet, fill it out, attach receipts, and then re-input...

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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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The rhetoric of pink

Context: One of the designers I work with was working on some promotional skins for 3rd party LinkedIn widgets. The LI brand identity often strikes me as being aggressively masculine (cultural bias: business = male to be taken seriously). We...

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LinkedIn Today: Congrats to LI UED members...

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LinkedIn just launched LinkedIn Today, its social news aggregator for professionals. Props to the members of the LI UED team who have been hammering away at this for the past many months. Sarah Alpern, Principal Designer. Sarah was the designer...

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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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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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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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Dan Cederholm likes Halvorsen too

Halvorsen is the typeface I recently used for my GreenBetween redesign. Turns out that Dan likes it too. I don't really know Dan, although I hired him via Google to do some fast icons for a small project a couple...

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New dashboard -- Google Base bulk uploads

Woohoo -- new design for the Google Base bulk upload dashboard! The old bulk upload dashboard was a 3-second one-off using our generic tabular data widget. Since most of our bulk uploaders have only a couple of files, the...

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