The last few releases of Ubuntu have really shown the operating system to be an innovator and leader. I’ve been using Linux since the mid 90’s, and for years Linux-based operating systems were technically more impressive than Mac OS and…
The Right Rize for Social Media Networks
I was reading an old Clay Shirky blog post, A Group Is Its Own Enemy. It talks about some of the interesting characteristics of groups (in particular online communities), such as how essentially groups need some kind of government, otherwise…
Web Apps and the Uncanny Valley
Bottom line? Here are my guidelines for web app design without Uncanny Valleys:
1. Do include features like drag ‘n drop, cut ‘n paste, right-click context menus, etc.
2. Don’t make your user interface look too much like a Windows or Mac application.
3. Do copy some of the common design features of modern apps, like a File/Edit menu where appropriate.
4. Don’t forget it’s a web app, and don’t try to convince the user that it’s not.