Category Archives: The Interweb

The early bird catches the bandwidth

Webmontag Köln aus der zu spät zugeschalteten Perspektive (Flickr)

Originally uploaded by halfman.halfpixel.


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.

Food for thought

“Is it time to take mashups and use them to solve real issues?” asks Christian Heilmann on his blog today and imho hits the nail on the head more than once:

Far too many people just create mashups for the sake of putting some information together or prove a technical concept but I just couldn’t see the use of what was produced

I was also bored with the accessibility movement on the web. Instead of concentrating on solutions for people we ran in circles demanding technical solutions or implementation of standards that don’t make much sense in the real world. It was much more important to be compliant with something than to really deliver for the people who needed us to remove barriers for them.

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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

Twitter in Plain English

Got no time to explain the virtues of twittering to friends and family?
Just get them gathered around your screen, show them the video below and go make yourself a nice cup of tea.
(Don’t forget to leave a tweet about the milkiness and amount of sugar)

I love the simple approach and design elements from Usability prototyping used here and across all the other videos by the good folks at Common Craft