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Paper Prototypes Rule

(Image from Jack Dorsey’s Flickr)

I have to admit that using Visio is superawesome when it comes to sketching out wireframes and interactions (especially with Nick Finck’s stencils), but you should never discount the importance of paper prototypes.

There’s a great post about it on Deep Linking called The Paper Version of the Web. Read it!

I wish I could sketch out wireframes and prototypes that are as good as the ones my creative director Paul Tinsley does.

But then, I suck at drawing, so I guess I’ll stick to computers. Meh.

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Dear Agency, you suck!

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It’s ironic that I should be posting something like this because, well duh, I do work in advertising.

But if you’re a client of an ad agency and you want to give them the boot, try out this cool new app called Dear Agency.

It creates a letter that you can send to your agency to fire them, minus the “stressful phone calls and awkward goodbye hugs.”

LOL

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Usability Labs and Testing Centers of the World

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While we’re on the subject of Google Maps, check out this map for usability testing labs and testing centers around the world from the Knowledge Communities Research Group at Florida State University.

Pretty cool, huh?

And if you think they’ve missed out a usability lab, you can even suggest a lab for their database.

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Usability and Google Maps

reminded me of how usability should extend into everything that we do at work.

It’s amazing how easy it is to take usability for granted when you’re building a map; why don’t more people use less of those ubiquitous red markers and instead more things like InfoWindows to display information?

Learn how to make your Google Maps more usable! Watch the full-screen slideshow here.

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Skatespotter

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“If I was sixteen, I’d just go to Pavilion and skate around until the security guards came chasing after me.”

I was just talking to Ari the other day about how my skater radar still works despite being out of the game for over a decade.

Then, I found Skatespotter, a website where you can find, tag and rate skate spots using Google maps.

At the moment, it’s limited to US cities like New York and San Francisco, but I hope something like this goes global.

How cool would it be to know exactly where it’s cool to skate, in any city on Earth?

Just pack your Powell Peralta, login to pick a skate park and you’re good to go.

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FreeMind

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(A FreeMind map on learning German)

FreeMind is a free mind-mapping software that runs on Java.

I discovered it at work (thanks, Vic!) and it’s probably one of the best brainstorming apps that I’ve ever come across.

It’s super easy to use!

Categories in this app are called ‘nodes’ and you can create Child and Sibling nodes in the same way you would create ‘Parent’ and ‘Child’ taxonomies in, for example, a Site map.

The graphical interface is fun to use and you can customize a map by adding colors, icons and hypertext links.

I’m gonna have to figure out a way to ask for a new MacBook Pro since I can start using FreeMind at client meetings instead of using a pen and paper to draw mind maps.

Download Freemind for XP, OS X and for Windows Mobile!

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The Facebook Marketing Bible

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Just when you think that people have written everything there is to write about Facebook, I found, via del.icio.us, a blog that pretty much tops everything else out there.

The Facebook Marketing Bible from Justin Smith promises to teach you 24 ways to market your brand, company, product, or service inside Facebook.

For the price of $195, you get the complete lowdown on how to squeeze the most out of the social networking site from the viewpoint of guerrilla marketers, advertisers and application developers.

But if you’re not up for so much reading, there’s also the 100-word version from Valleywag.

Facebook overload or necessary reading?

Nevertheless, I’ve already decided that I’m going to build a Facebook app in 2008; if not for the learning experience, then the sheer novelty of it will suffice.

If it’s still a novelty by the time I get it done, of course.

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