We need to rethink affordances in interface design

Yesterday David Arno tweeted this:
“Use proper affordances — buttons should look like buttons” Why? How often do ppl press physical buttons compared with hitting touch areas? (source).

David hits the nail on the head. A touch area should look like a touch area – the button term in the “tactile transferred to touchscreen” is redundant. It’s redundant because the tactile button itself is pretty much extinct. Sure, there are physical buttons on kitchen devices etc., but many, many buttons today are placed on a digital interface.

Presentation Ninja Tricks #4: Presenting for very small audiences

Over the past three days, I’ve posted 3 blog posts with Presentation Ninja Tricks, and I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on it – thank you :)

However, as Dennis B. Petersen pointed out to me, my posts, as any other he has read about presentation skills, are primarily focused on presentations for larger audiences. But, Dennis asked me, where are the tips for presentations with very limited audiences such as a meeting between a consultant and client, or a daily presentation in an organization? Presentations that to a great extent also function as a direct delivery of information and documentation?

Flash on the Beach after-thoughts: An ode to people – and a word of advice

I’m fresh back from Flash on the Beach in Brighton. The conference was great, hugely inspiring, and not to mention rather exciting, because I was fortunate to speak in the Elevator Pitch session.

And you know what made the conference even better? The people. I met so many interesting, bright and friendly people there, and that for me was the true high point of the conference.

Good food in Brighton – for all you Flash on the Beach goers

Last year, when my colleagues and I visited Brighton for Flash on the Beach, I had a particularly lousy food experience at Pinocchio on New Road. So this year, to avoid any more culinary death traps, I’ve asked my lovely Brighton tweeps for restaurant and cafe recommendations. And as I want all FOTB goers to have nice food too (good food is important, you know) :), I thought I’d share the list.

My Flash On The Beach 2010 must-see list

(written 2nd August 2010, updated 7th September 2010)
Flash On The Beach 2010 is less than 8 3 weeks away, so I’ve browsed through the schedule to see what awesome stuff we have in store this year. I’ve started to compiled a must-see list that I hope you will use as inspiration to start yours.

An epiphany: Usability testing on high fidelity prototypes

I love usability testing. There is something extremely rewarding and challenging about interacting with actual users who will show you what works and what doesn’t.

And so, I was very excited to hear the last talk at the Future of Webdesign, the amazing conference I participated in recently. The talk was by Dan Rubin – and it absolutely blew me away. I had never thought to approach usability testing this way, so I’m very excited to share my epiphany with you.

FOWD #5: Dan Rubin on high fidelity usability testing

Dan Rubin – Blending usability testing with interface design, prototyping and rapid iteration
Dan’s talk was the last one of the conference for me – and he absolutely blew me away. He took us through a project he had been involved with where they had used something called inherent value testing and high fidelity prototypes.