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posted a Quick Tip about Amazon.com. December 27, 2012
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Since I live in a rural area, Amazon is an extremely convenient addition to my life as I can easily buy stuff without having to drive 12-15 miles away to buy electronics or graphic novels.  With Amazon's Prime membership, which costs $80 a year, it includes free, speedy shipping (only two days from purchase, sometimes sooner) and being able to stream some movies for free on your computer.   …
posted a Quick Tip about Fast Company. March 30, 2010
Fast Company (1-year)
Excellent magazine to keep abreast of all that's happening with regards to innovative companies. Must Read!
posted a Quick Tip about Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks. March 22, 2010
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Gives advice on the complex world of forms from form field names to layout to handling validation. Highly recommend.
reviewed Tapworthy: Designing iPhone Interface.... March 18, 2010
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As my headline suggests, Josh Clark brought the fundamental concepts of Steve Krug to bear on the mobile space. Not only did he show how to make intuitive interfaces for the mind, but given the mobile medium, how to make them fluid and unobtrusive for the fingers.      It was an inspiring talk. Definitely, one of my favorite from SXSW, and I feel sorry for all those suckers who …
posted a Quick Tip about Tapworthy: Designing iPhone Interface.... March 18, 2010
posted in SXSW on Lunch
A quick review of Josh Clark's #tapworthy presentation on lunch.com. Headline: Don't Make Me (er... My Thumbs) Think
reviewed Defensive Design for the Web. March 15, 2010
Who is this resource appropriate for?      This book is great for anyone who is just learning UX and basic design principles or even for the more seasoned designer.  If you are looking to get into interface design, this book is a great resource of examples and best practices. What other resources are similar?      Any of the 37siganls books are centered …
reviewed Fast Company. March 10, 2010
Fast Company (1-year)
Fast Company is a solid magazine that leans nicely on the business of design rather than specific tactics.  The publication's website is fresh, up to date, and all over the place in a good way.  It's a solid read for UXA's looking to spread their mental wings and break from the minutia of day-to-day tactics.     
reviewed Amazon.com. August 20, 2009
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i also like to shop on Amazon but I only look for stuff I need. But Woot is different. There i buy stuff i didn't know I needed. So i check woot.com every day. Most of the offerings are not for me but there are some amazing deals. I just wish they would do away with the goofy BS and go right to the product description.
reviewed Fast Company. August 12, 2009
Fast Company (1-year)
Fast Company is a magazine that focuses on recent trends in business and technology from a very socially-conscious point of view. The design and format of the magazine are very appealing, and before I subscribed to it I would regularly browse it at "Borders" or "Barnes and Noble." Since I am a gadget freak, the section on the latest products and tools was always one of my favorites. The magazine tends …
reviewed Amazon.com. July 03, 2009
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It's admirable to see that so many people love Amazon.com.  I really enjoy the place.  I showed up to Amazon in September of 2000.  My first review was of a strategy guide.  It's still there.  The horrible paragraph of a review... the type of review I'd later come to hate.  I didn't actually make my first transaction from Amazon until about 2006.  Plenty here …
reviewed Amazon.com. June 23, 2009
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I've been a customer of Amazon's since it opened, and over the last decade it's incredible to see how they've developed. What started as a simple but well-built online bookstore has emerged as the premier destination for practically everything imaginable, yet they've retained the ease-of-use, developed customer communities and practically invented the concept of online consumer reviews.  I …
reviewed Amazon.com. May 18, 2009
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I admit it, I have a problem...I'm addicted to Amazon.com.  If I'm on my computer, 95% of the time, I'm looking at Amazon, or if I'm not looking at Amazon, I just finished.  I started with books.  I've purchased dozens of books through Amazon.  They have a mind-boggling selection & you can get them for much, much less than at a regular book store (even with shipping costs included).  …
reviewed Amazon.com. April 23, 2009
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Being both an avid reader and record collector I have been doing business with Amazon.com  since I got my very first computer back in 1997.   I have always found the product selection to be second to none, the prices to be reasonable and the service first-rate.  What's not to like?   While I still do enjoy shopping at brick and mortar stores like Borders and Barnes …
reviewed Amazon.com. February 17, 2009
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Amazon is the online giant that has spawned a number of imitators.....but none are equal to the original. It started as a gleam in a man's eye, Jeff Bezos, to create an online bookstore. Well, that was 1994 and fifteen years later Amazon is the world's largest online retailer crushing all competitors under an iron fist that nets more than 20 billion annually. Amazon is the iconic company of the Internet …
reviewed Amazon.com. December 29, 2008
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Homage to @arichards    Why shop at Amazon.com you ask?  It makes shopping for gifts, so easy and fast.  Based in New York with cheap shipping that's short  No tax you will pay, free shipping:  2-days.  As a man who hates lines, the mall makes me whine.  I'd rather rest easy and have UPS bring me  the gifts I buy …
reviewed Amazon.com. December 07, 2008
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Like the title says, Amazon is like an online mall. I've ordered everything from vitamins to japanese mangas from them before. In fact, I don't buy anything I don't need immediately from retail stores anymore. I've avoided all the best buys, targets, walmarts, etc. I love the convenience of just searching for it and have the item with descriptions and reviews pop up right in front of me. If I decide …
reviewed Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense A.... February 05, 2007
If you want to design quality websites and haven't read this book you are doing your visitors a disservice. It's that simple. Don't Make Me Think is well written, well structured, easy to read and short. It covers usability the way we should design sites, with a just enough content, easily digested and quick to consume. You could get the same content elsewhere but it would be a lot more work and a …
If I read a book on web design or web usability, the thing that will turn me off the quickest is the dogmatic rantings of a self-proclaimed "expert" on the subject. It's far too easy to call one's preferences "best practices" and think that everyone needs to conform to them. Hate it, hate it, hate it! So why did I pick up and read Don't Make Me Think : A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2nd …
reviewed Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense A.... November 19, 2005
When we design Web sites, we often overlook the simplest things because we're too wrapped up in the design. After working on Web sites for a while, some of us have slowly moved away from what we know is usable to adding or removing elements that may enhance the `look' - and also break a site's usability.    Steer back on track with the new edition of Krug's highly referenced book. …
If there's a book to use when introducing someone to the ideas of usability on the Web, I'd have to say that I think this is it. Not Nielsen, and not Cooper (at least not to start with). Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think" has the most no-nonsense and easy-to-follow approach I think I've ever seen, and best of all, he makes SENSE.     First of all, Krug deconstructs some of the …
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