links for 2010-02-12

  • The Chart API provides Image Charts which are rendered by a Google chart server in response to a simple URL request. Image Charts are fast to render and can be easily emailed and printed. In addition to the extensive gallery of charts, this server now also provides dynamic icons, QR codes, and math formulas.
    (tags: tools data)
  • "Too many news startup ideas fail because they take an upside down approach. Journalists think of a product and then decide who to make it for. Instead you need to define your audience first – and then ask “what do they need?”."
  • "You sign up for usability testing, we notify users, you watch and listen to them use your site, you read their summary."
  • "Users are often in a rush to complete their task and reach their goal. By removing obstacles and making the web-form easier to complete, we increase the likelihood of visitors reaching your conversion page. So how can we increase the likelihood that visitors will reach your goal page and find your web-forms easier?"
  • "# What draws your attention?
    # What do you like on this page?
    # Where do you click for information about X?
    Wouldn't it be great to be able to ask your website visitors questions like these or any other question?"
  • If there is one undercurrent of design these days it is this: design is becoming more strategic and thus more important to business success. With this power comes great responsibility. As designers we must be accountable for what we produce, and that means we must start aligning our work with concrete business metrics.
  • The amazing thing about our business is we get think about (and sometimes work with) emerging technologies and trends. Here are some other important trends for the next few years: gestural and multi-touch interfaces, social networks, game design. Apple's tablet, everything to do with geolocation, multi-channel customer experience.
  • UX London is a unique three-day event combining inspirational talks with in-depth workshops presented by some of the industry’s biggest names.
  • However, if every reporter or editor has the same interests and thinks alike, the newsroom will unknowingly and collectively produce the same stories and target the same audience, leaving other sections of the readership or viewership underserved and underrepresented.

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