What I’ve been reading lately (week 49)
- PS4 vs Xbox One – a Usability Review (Part 1)
It’s nothing political. Nothing that will have any real righteous impact on the world. This has been the battle between gaming’s two behemoths. The battle to be under our Christmas tree.
- The psychology behind information dashboards
With its interactive and intuitive interface and its ability to visualize data in a single screen, the information dashboard is becoming a critical tool in the hands of the business user.
- The Business of Responsive Design
This post is a rough transcript from my talk at Handheld Conference last week in Cardiff.
- Surveying the Big Screen
With over three years of responsive web design in our collective portfolios, we now have a solid set of design patterns for making websites work on small devices. But what about larger screens?
- Take UX to the next level by adding ‘delight’
Web sites are built to perform a function, and communicate to their users. But beyond this, web sites can also be engaging, exciting, even fun to use.
- Onboarding New Users Is Harder Than You Think
What happens right after sign-up makes or breaks any web product.
- How To Choose The Best Responsive Table Solution
One topic I haven’t yet covered where responsive design is concerned is how to work with data tables. Part of the reason is that I haven’t had to work with them much. For whatever reason my clients haven’t needed tables beyond very simple ones where a bit of flexibility was enough to make them work responsively.
- DOA? Diagnosing the UX Flaws of Obamacare
The myriad technical issues responsible for the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov have been the subject of steady media attention since the site launched on October 1.
- Un-Sucking the Touchpoint
A touchpoint often gets conflated with channel (or platform, or medium). Often referred to, for example, as the “phone touchpoint” or the “web touchpoint.” But a touchpoint is not a channel, and a channel is not a touchpoint.
- User Onboarding
This “frequently-updated compendium of web app first-run experiences” could turn into a valuable resource.
- Pricing information gives B2B sites a competitive advantage
Protective customers want to know the price as their #1 info need on any website — including B2B sites, but these sites often hide or obscure pricing information.
- Suggested-Employee Search—Best Intranet Design—Could Save You $500K
Searching for colleagues is the most common task that employees do on intranets, and is arguably the most important task. Forms, news, and apps aid employee productivity, but you can’t beat talking with the right people. Today’s design patterns for intranet employee search make the act of finding people outrageously fast and easy.