Three good reads

  • You know those articles you keep coming back to? This is one. In internet time it’s an oldy, but a goody. Writing in Smashing Magazine, user experience expert, Louis Rosenfeld explains why web projects fail and how to fix them. (Hint: manage visitor tasks.) Stop Redesigning And Start Tuning Your Site Instead
  • A lot of what’s written about search engine optimisation (SEO) is blarney. Age journalist, George Wright, attempts to unblarney it. What drives people to your website isn’t tricks- rather a focus on structure, content and understanding the words your site visitors use. Taking the snake oil out of SEO
  • Ouch. Damning usability assessment of Microsoft’s new operating system from user interface (UI) researcher, Jakob Nielsen. He writes: “Windows 8 encompasses two UI styles within one product. Windows 8 on mobile devices and tablets is akin to Dr. Jekyll: a tortured soul hoping for redemption. On a regular PC, Windows 8 is Mr. Hyde: a monster that terrorizes poor office workers and strangles their productivity.”  Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice and Power Users

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