Steve Jobs

There’s a lot being written about Steve’s passing, but I’m afraid there’s so much of it that truly misses what Steve really did for our industry. For example, Matt Yglesias asks, “Why so view?” I posted a brief comment there, but I think the point deserves a good bit of elaboration. Steve’s contribution to the…


Usability and Styles

According to Pierre, I’m too ossified to discuss this subject. On the other hand, when Pierre uses the word “usability,” it’s very much like the way Vizzini uses the word “inconceivable” in The Princess Bride, and I’m often moved to quote Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what…


UX Design: Context is Everything

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? My second post after a lengthy hiatus, and I end up on the front page of Daring Fireball. Clearly my talent for stirring the pot hasn’t waned in the least over the past couple of years. I’m also amused at a number of the comments on that post….


Usability Survey

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has an online usability survey of GNOME. The timing is rather serendipitous in light of my earlier remarks on user feedback and GNOME. It’s entirely likely that more than a few people who commented on that post will point to this survey as an example of how open source…


Selection Behavior

I’m absolutely certain that something like this has happened to you. I was putting together some quick and dirty play lists in iTunes based on a random shuffle smart playlist I’d created (basically, a random list of 100 songs that I hadn’t listed to in more than two weeks). I’d start on a song, and…