Category Archives: Design

10 Best Application UIs of 2008 announced on useit

The winners of the above mentioned competition were announced on Jakob Nielsen’s website today.

Being used to some terrible user interfaces from work I found most of the winners really well designed, with a contemporary feel & clever concept to them.

What usability sifu Nielsen did not include are the direct URLs for the winners (as he for some reason tends not to do quite often- except for links to his reports which you have to pay for that is…)

Ah well, it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it… So here goes, as far as I am concerned in no particular order other than alphabetical:

Campaign Monitor



Océ PRISMAprepare

SQL Diagnostic Manager

SugarSync (My personal favourite)




Actually that’s a top 9, I didn’t list the Magellan Network’s Seating Management up there as I found their website rather disappointing and not very informative.


What’s Design Mean to You? Interview with Andy Budd by Matt Balara

Matt Balara has asked some of the “top faces” in webdesign to come up with clever answers to the question “What’s design mean to you?”

Below please find what Andy Budd has to say – I find it remarkable and somewhat re-assuring that he is stressing design to be first and foremost about problem solving which is exactly what was rammed down my throat during my degree and emphasized in Bob Gill’s lecture in Leeds quite some time ago.

Twitter error messages

Downtime/Being over capacity seems to be an ongoing real issue for Twitter which can be quite annoying.
At least they have the decency of providing pretty illustrations with their error messages…

Accessibility done right

Following the positive news today that the UK and other nations intend to ban cluster bombs I checked out the website of the Cluster Muntions Coalition to get some more background information on this topic.

What caught my attention right away was the neat design/layout of the website and it soon became clear it is made by kite.

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Glimpse at the proposed new OLPC

A first glimpse at the proposed new touchscreen based OLPC (One Laptop per Child) looks quite impressive.

Follow the link to this article on Laptopmag to check it for yourself, a short video demo is also included.

I’d love to see the OLPC project succeed after is has been dubbed dead already.

Kid using the new OLPC

Accessibility done right

Nice simple and accessible portfolio website, note the reason for not using access keys in the accessibility statement.

Little Blue Plane website logo

On the decks: MC Basset


While checking Tak’s blog (agency from Birmingham I mentioned previously on here) I came across this awesome Swedish website showing how to use Flash effectively for certain tasks pure standards just couldn’t achieve.

At long last I have also got a phonetic explanation of the word “Poff” although “Flas” is my favourite…