Yearly Archives: 2009

The Sinclair C5 Story

This lovely image from a recent Erskine Labs blog post reminded me of the charmingly tragic story of the Sinclair C5. Spurred on by his immense success in the computing industry with the ZX80, ZX81 and ZX spectrum, Clive Sinclair … Continue reading

Paul Graham on Simplicity

I think we all “get” simplicity these days, but nevertheless this quote from Paul Graham really sums it up: It seems strange to have to emphasize simplicity. You’d think simple would be the default. Ornate is more work. But something … Continue reading

Top posts of 2009 on

Well, it’s almost 2010, so I’m going to pre-empt the glut of 2009 retrospectives by getting mine out there first. In the past year I’ve written almost 100 posts on, and received over 400 comments. If there’s one thing … Continue reading

Google claim their new “fade in” feature provides increased efficiency for users

I admit that Google’s new “fade in” feature is pleasant in a bland sort of way, and seems to be a good move from a branding point of view – but what interests me is that they claim their Multivariate … Continue reading

The Romeo & Juliet effect, and how it applies to design.

Romeo and Juliet by Frank Dicksee When a barrier is placed between a person and their desires, those desires become intensified. This is because the barrier prevents them from experiencing their desires in the flesh – warts and all – … Continue reading

New User Experience Link Blog:

You may have noticed that posts have dried a bit lately. This is mainly because I’m doing various other cool things, including working on some super-secret projects at Madgex, spending more time with my family, and watching my 18 … Continue reading

At last, a sketchy Axure widget library

The default widget library supplied with Axure occupies an uncomfortable middle ground – it looks like it’s just badly designed high fidelity, rather than intentionally lo-fi. This sketchy Axure widget library by Kevin Wick gets around the problem by giving … Continue reading

“Just add an egg” – Usability, User Experience and Dramaturgy

I’ve always liked this story about Betty Crocker and how General Mills took such care in designing the experience of making a cake. They’d been espousing speed and ease in the kitchen since 1931 with products like Bisquick, but this … Continue reading

Pidoco – prototying and remote, moderated user testing – combined!

I have to admit I only tried Pidoco° very briefly at UX Brighton last week, but I was impressed with what I saw. They’ve integrated an Axure-style prototyping tool with a remote, moderated usability testing tool, and the price is … Continue reading

Achieving adoption of a disruptive product

“The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.” – Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer, British Post Office, 1878 “This telephone has too many shortcomings to be considered as a means of … Continue reading