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Simplicity vs. Complexity in Design Rematch

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 3/11/08 (12:05am)

Don Norman's at it again! Here's his wonderful description of the balance that designers need to observe between complexity and simplicity:

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Library Webpage Design and the Notion of Conversion Rates

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 8/19/07 (1:45pm)

We're all familiar with usability. Basically it's a way of assessing the success rate of any one task. Successfully finding a book or journal article starting from the home page would be a typical task to measure.

I'm wondering if it might also be helpful to think of task completion in the way marketers do, namely as "conversion rates".

MARKETING 101 FOR LIBRARIES

When librarians use the work "marketing", usually they mean 'getting the word out'. Marketers go one step farther: marketing for them means actually selling a product.

Second Life - Stick a Fork in It

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 8/12/07 (4:59pm)

This isn't a post trashing Second Life. (For that, go here...)

Rather it's about allocating resources in the face of constantly changing technology. It's about which pony to bet on in the race for relevance. We can't bet on all the ponies so what should we look for when choosing a favorite?

(more after the jump...)

Fonts Are the New Black

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/11/07 (2:30pm)

I never thought I'd be reading this in the New York Times -- especially in relation to highway signs:

"Fonts are image, and image is modern America".

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Grids Are Good

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 7/9/07 (10:37pm)

I've wanted to link to this for quite a while now. It's a PowerPoint presentation by Khoi Vinh called "Grids Are Good". Khoi Vihn is the lead designer at the New York Times and he gave this presentation along with Mark Boulton at SWSW.

The importance of the topic, namely that grids are essential to how we lay out information can hardly be overemphasized.

Zeldman Turns 12

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/2/07 (3:44pm)

Jeffery Zeldman celebrates 12 years of blogging on the Web.

My earliest introduction to him and other "web" people was through the ur-important Web List WebDesign-L run by Steven Champeon since 1997.

I did an interview with Jeffrey and NYPL's Carrie Bickner for LJ a couple years back.

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My Gift to UMICH Libraries

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/1/07 (4:00pm)

I happened upon the University of Michigan Libraries Website today and the icons it uses for RSS Feeds made me wince:

I mean I'm not a purist or anything but you'd figure an institution with those kind of resources ought to be sporting something finer -- especially for a link to something that's increasingly as important as RSS.

So out of the generosity of my heart, I spent all of five minutes (or roughly 1 sec./pixel) to put together the following kickaZZ 24x12 icon to be shared by the entire University of Michigan community:

Yes, I know, generosity abounding.

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Survey for Web Designers

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/24/07 (10:13pm)

Web Design SurveyJeffrey Zeldman's got a Survey for Web Designers over at Alistapart.

As he explains:

The information it collects will help us form a long overdue picture of the ways web design is really practiced around the globe.

The thing is pretty much a breeze to get through. You can take it by going here...

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Bad Design, Thy Name is Haworth

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/22/07 (2:46am)

Can anyone tell me where the Table of Contents is located on this page? Is it that they just don't want anyone to find out?

Internet Reference Services Quarterly

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