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What monster thought spreading a photo slideshow across 25 pages would be a good idea

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Adobe: PLEASE just remember the fact that I want to be notified of updates. Stop trying to force auto-install on me.




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This gem popped up today at work.

(Terrible UX: in which I post great examples of bad user experience and design)

Exclusive: Internal Videos Show Why the Microsoft Kin Cratered ➤

This is why user testing is important! I’ve been in these before (on the other side of the two-way mirror), and the stuff you learn from real, live people using your app is invaluable. And you feel like a CIA agent which is cool/weird.


The Play Button

Khoi Vinh made an interesting observation on his blog the other day regarding the play button for video content on the web:

I see this kind of thing a lot. As browser-delivered news integrates more and more multimedia, it’s been surprising how little editors, photographers and visual journalists pay attention to this particular detail. More often than not, the preview frame of the playable media is a headshot — just a person’s head and shoulders with a play arrow superimposed on top — and almost always unceremoniously planted right smack-dab in the middle of the person’s face. If you ask me it’s not just unflattering but it’s also frequently inappropriate, even if the subject is undergoing a colossal public shaming of the sort that Armstrong is experiencing.

He speaks about making better editorial choices in terms of the image shown, which make sense, but I think a better option is not to plop a button smack in the middle of the picture! At the top of the article! Reminds me of this hilarious screengrab from the London Games:

This would be a great Hallowe’en costume

It got me thinking about how some other sites treat their A/V content on the web. Let’s have a look, shall we?

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Proposed Redesign of US Road Signage

This gets my motor running, so to speak. (Hiyo!)

#tumblrtuesday: Pike Likes

Pike is a design/content/communications company, with a couple offices in Western Canada. Everyone who works there is very handsome, and they all smell nice. They also have a pretty kick-ass tumblr.

Pike Likes


#tumblrtuesday: L I S A

My friend Lisa has such a concise and interesting aesthetic, browsing her tumblr is a joy.


#tumblrtuesday: Old Chum

Old Chum is the tumblr of Old Faithful, an amazing shop here in Vancouver. The aesthetic perfectly matches the store: a mix of urban and rural, classic and contemporary.

Follow it here: Old Chum