Entries by Matthew

New Web 2.0 Shopping List for Burglars?

New gadget site gdgt, a wiki and social network for the gadgeterati, looks promising in many ways. It has instant gadget-geek cred from founders Peter Rojas, founder of Gizmodo and Engadget, and Ryan Block, former Engadget editor-in-chief. And it seems a well architected and executed site that’s fun and easy to use. One feature of […]

Statistics are neither Lies nor Damned Lies!

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Imagine the news headlines that today’s media might run in covering this quote popularized by Mark Twain, (originally attributed to Benjamin Disraeli.) “Twain Cleverly Skewers the Twisting of Statistics” “Twain Calls Statistics the Worst of All Lies” “Man Hiding Behind False Name Claims Some […]

Wallace & Gromit Meet Google Street View

Okay, neither Wallace nor Gromit are in this. It’s a cute piece from Google Japan about how they protect people’s privacy in Google Street View. It’s very engaging, the animation associates Google with a number of positive emotions, and the robotics are a perfect fit for the Japanese audience. Well done.

Typography Gets a “-pedia” that’s Special

Do you ever have the feeling there are some incredible typefaces that you don’t know about or just can’t find? Do you have some of your own you want to share? Or are you looking for a better place to express your innermost disgust feelings for  Comic Sans? Then Typedia may be just what you’ve […]

Data-Triggered UX Reviews

I’m currently helping a client with the UX of their data and analytics reporting. In a recent report, an analyst noted that there was a very low and persistent click-through rate from a certain type of product page to an associated store that sells add-ons for those products. The analyst recommended further investigation, suggesting it […]

No, I Don’t Want to Copy Now, but Thanks for Asking…Again

When upgrading my iPhone recently to the 3.0 OS, I finally had at my fingertips what I’ve read so many people clamor for since the original iPhone debuted…copy and paste. Now, I’m glad it’s there, even though it’s limited for now just how far away you can paste your copy, and even though I haven’t […]

The 3 Rules of Prototype Fidelity

I gave a presentation with a colleague at last year’s Web 2.0 Expo in New York on Prototype Fidelity. The first of two main points of our presentation was The 3 Rules of Prototype Fidelity. These are rules I came up with to help you find a good level of fidelity to use when creating […]

Bad UX: Get Away Free or Be Labeled a Terrorist

In case you needed a new argument for the importance of good user experience, police in Queensland, Australia, are making fewer arrests because their records management system has become too difficult and time consuming to use. FRUSTRATED Queensland police are turning a blind eye to crime to avoid time-consuming data entry on the force’s new […]

Web 2.0 Expo in New York

Had a great time at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York last week. I’d been to the San Francisco version of the same conference last spring, but was heading out to this one to present on Prototype Fidelity with a friend of mine, Ryan Lane. Here’s one of the more entertaining, if not inspiring, […]