Monthly Archives: April 2006

links for 2006-04-29

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Pre bank holiday weekend procrastination

Ricky Gervais’ were very popular (at least when they were free), now Jamie Oliver is jumping on the bandwagon with his own podcasts. He’s inviting people to phone up and leave a question which could be answered in the show. I’ll definitely give them a go, he’s usually pretty entertaining and I could do with a few tips in the Kitchen.

I’m in the market for a new mobile phone, I currently own a P800 which I love but it’s getting old. These new Nokia phones look pretty interesting – The 3.2 megapixel built in camera with Karl Ziess optics may solve my “should I get a compact camera as well as my dSLR” problem. Nokia have also struck a partnership with Flickr so you upload straight to the site. Nothing new though, I use Shozu to upload from my camera. Why can’t you get a smart phone with a decent camera and wifi?

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links for 2006-04-28

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links for 2006-04-27

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A rant on left navigation

I agree that it’s not always the case, but I think there needs to be a good argument against alphabetical left navigation, such as if there was some kind of order in which the user should be doing / reading stuff, or that there aren’t that many links.

If something is perceived as more important than something else (normally by the client) then I think the page content is where to express this, as it gives you more room to highlight important information without sacrificing the usability of the left navigation. I have seen this in action when user testing a few (admittedly ecom) sites. When users know what they are after they typically use the left navigation to quickly reach the information they are after. If they do not, they are more likely to look at the page content. We already make it reasonably difficult for users in the sense that they have to guess on what taxonomy we have settled on, but by organizing lists of links (left navs) in an ad hoc way we are making their lives even harder.

Hehe, didn’t realize I had so many opinions on left navigation! Spent too long arguing with clients in the past…

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links for 2006-04-26

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links for 2006-04-25

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