Posts Tagged ‘interaction design’

Siftables

Monday 9 March 2009

siftablesI blogged last week about tilt sensors and accelerometers. Siftables offer a nice application of this technology. Siftables are small tile shaped blocks, having a small TFT screen and equipped with motion sensors and sensors that detect the orientation and presence of of neighbours.

To understand siftables watch the TED presentation by the inventor David Merill. Be sure to keep watching till half way down, that’s where things start to make sense.

I can easily see my kids playing with siftables, sorting out how they work and at the same time interacting and operating with the computer. Read more about siftables on the project page at MIT.

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New file upload in Gmail

Friday 27 February 2009

Probably the cause of the GMail downtime this week: gmail has released a new file upload feature Composing a mail you can now select multiple files at once to upload.  

gmail-upload

A great improvement, bringing the experience of the web even more closer to a fat client. Some critique: I think the visual design could benefit from a more tabular structure.  See for a good example one of the interaction design libraries online.

For more information see the google blog.

LinkedIn new search platform

Wednesday 3 December 2008

icon-linkedinThe success of the networking site LinkedIn is by a large degree a result of its great interaction design. The network effect does the rest to leverage their investment in interaction design. Interaction design requires many trade-offs and choices. Good interaction design is not something that happens by sitting at your desk. You need to constantly monitor what works for users and what does not and change your interaction experience accordingly.

The LinkedIn web interface has gone through many iterations. The most recent upgrade are the search capabilities. Rather than explaining them here have a look at the Announcing LinkedIn’s New Search Platform post on the official LinkedIn blog. It shows how LinkedIn analyzed user behavior and modified the experience to deliver an even better experience to its end users.

Under the fold: using the scrollbar to navigate

Friday 3 October 2008

My girlfriend is swedish and she regularly visits www.aftonbladet.se, the most visited news site in Sweden. Apart from looking like an 80’s pinball machine, the aftonbladet homepage has an interesting site concept: you can scroll down and scroll down: it seems to go on forever. Latest news is on the top, and the rest below it. 

Retailers know every story extra above or down entry level costs you 25% of the revenue. I thought the same was true for websites: things under the fold get less attention. And the further down you get the less attention. There must be a cultural element here, casue the Swedes love it. No need to click back and forth, everything on one page. Some sites in Holland exhibit the same behavior for example z24.nl. Not by accident this is a co production with the same swedish publisher from e24.se.

Some more research on debunking the myths of the fold: Unfolding the fold.

Bloomberg Iphone/Itouch application

Sunday 28 September 2008

Example of great Interaction Design, a Bloomberg financial data application for the Apple Iphone or Itouch.

Source: Blog posting from Kevin Rose. You can download the appplication from Bloomberg.