Michael Gaigg: Über UI/UX Design


Highlights of Week 02/2010

Posted by Michael Gaigg

  • Does usability exist? How Usability is like Intelligence (by Jeff Sauro) - very interesting analogy to intelligence and a first approach to relating the three usability areas Effectiveness, Efficiency and Satisfaction and how (and how much) they contribute to Usability 'u'.
  • The Case Against Vertical Navigation (by Louis Lazaris) - While I think the argumentation in this blog article is mislead by current design trends and biased in some way, I find 'shaking our world' good from time to time so we can re-think the way we're used to doing things.
  • Bad Usability Calendar 2010 - What would be the New Year without another one of their great Usability Calendars - Enjoy!
  • Curating Comments Threads (by Chris Coyier) - interesting discussion and good points about how to make comments more meaningful.
  • Live, Free webcast: Confessions of a Public Speaker - Probably you've heard already, Scott Berkun has his book out, and he's offering a free, 90 min. webcast about it, don't miss, sign up now.
  • The future of UI will be boring (by Scott Berkun) - Scott seems to be on mushrooms lately judging by the level of activity. Here another really good read about the future of UI design, love the 'rookie trap'.
  • jQuery 1.4 has been released (by John Resig) - right in time for jQuery's birthday, big news for a great JavaScript library, better iframe support, flexible events. My tip: get it!!
Suggested reading:

Fast, faster, CloudFront – Speed matters!

Posted by Michael Gaigg

It's clear that speed matters to the users. Page visitors are impatient and nasty, they expect the page to load fast, Google-fast. Peter Da Vanzo from seobook.com suggests that this constant threat of loosing users even justifies to sacrifice graphics and features in lieu of speed.

Yesterday Amazon released their new service called CloudFront which is aimed to enhance network performance (lower latency) through a network of edge location around the world.

Amazon CloudFront locations world-wide

Amazon CloudFront locations world-wide: (A) London, UK (B) Frankfurt, Germany (C) Amsterdam, Netherlands (D) Dublin, Ireland (E) Newark, NJ (F) Ashburn, VA (G) Miami, FL (H) Saint Louis, MO (I) Dallas, TX (J) Seattle, WA (K) Palo Alto, CA (L) Los Angeles, CA (M) Hong Kong (N) Tokyo, Japan

Pricing is on a per-per-use basis without minimum fees and might be a really good hosting solution for companies with an international audience who care about their users.

John Resig and his team from jQuery reported large improvements where latency has shrunk to a quarter of the usual times.

Send me your experiences and thoughts!