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May 31st, 2011

Overwhelming Over-Sharing

In the last few weeks at least two new options for publishers to offer readers as shortcuts to share what they’re reading with their social graphs were announced or at least discussed. First, Tumblr officially announced the release of a button that would allow for a one-click way for people to share something of interest with […]

Filed in Publishing Programs, Usability

October 13th, 2010

An Event Apart Recap Day 2

A while ago I shared some initial thoughts after attending An Event Apart and, since registration has opened up for the 2011 conference I thought it was a good time to provide a recap of Day 2 of the 2010 event (apart). As I mentioned previously, An Event Apart featured a much-needed change in focus […]

Filed in Events, Usability, Voce Platform Services

September 15th, 2010

Twitter Emphasizes Interactions With An Eye To the Future

Twitter made a pretty big announcement yesterday evening. No, it wasn’t the expected additional features such as an analytics package, a suite of business-friendly features or anything else that would have been super-cool for corporate users. Instead what was revealed was a redesigned user interface that, quite frankly, looks a lot like an app that […]

Filed in Microblogging, Programming, Usability

August 9th, 2010

An Event Apart Recap Day 1

I had the great fortune of attending An Event Apart 2010 in Minneapolis a few days ago. This was my second AEA conference and it was an overwhelming success. If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend and consider yourself a ‘web person’ you should find an opportunity to see this ‘all-star’ show. SPEAKER LINEUP […]

Filed in Events, Usability, Voce Platform Services

August 6th, 2010

4 Things WordPress Should Borrow From Drupal

I made the switch to WordPress from Drupal seven months ago and I don’t ever think I’ll go back. WordPress’ speed of development, template tags and elegant admin user interface would be to hard to give up. But as I have worked more with WordPress I’ve found there are some features from Drupal that would […]

Filed in Development, Usability, Voce Platform Services, WordPress

June 7th, 2010

WordCamp Chicago Presentation: User Experience Flight Check

If you weren’t able to attend WordCamp Chicago this past weekend you can still view my presentation on what check for before launching or revamping a website. These simple checklists will help you ensure that what you’re doing is in line with what your users – whether they’re customers, readers, conversation participants or anything else […]

Filed in Usability, Voce People, Voce Platform Services, WordPress

August 2nd, 2007

Usability Testing is All Around

At lunch today with my wife she told me an interesting story about helping a potential client with online banking (she works for a bank). While in this meeting, my wife was explaining the benefits of online banking (the person was not using it) and when the client wanted to see what it was all […]

Filed in Usability

July 9th, 2007

Successful User Experience

Successful experience design is invisible… which can create a problem for developing your portfolio. ~ Jared Spool at Web Design World today About the AuthorNick Gernert leads the Platform Services team that’s part of Voce Connect and oversees all web development efforts as well as making sure all those efforts are strategically sound. He is […]

Filed in Design, Usability

June 27th, 2007

Icons and Usability

Throughout the development process one item that can be an interesting struggle is icons. On the surface, icons can save space and can liven up an otherwise drab page. Well, that is, icons can save space if you don’t label them in some way. The problem then becomes if you don’t label an icon then […]

Filed in Usability

June 11th, 2007

Flash Sucks

Let me rephrase that, Adobe’s Tools for creating Flash SUCK! Flash is a powerful and useful tool, very often mis-used, but a useful none the less. From what I’ve seen so far, the Actionscript language is pretty good. It gives you the flexibility to do almost anything you want with flash and its not too […]

Filed in Development, Usability