Category Archives: Information Architecture

Thank You for Reading

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Hello strangers.

Just want to say thanks for dropping by. Even though I haven’t been posting much these days. It’s pretty encouraging that there are people still stumbling across my posts through search engines and, gasp, RSS readers.

So, what the hell are you guys reading?

An old review of Happy.com.my.

My poking fun at ad agency websites.

A casual observation of Blog Bumper Stickers.

The Rebel Scum ‘Bak Datang’ video.

My post on insights into judging at the Kancil Awards.

A rant about a pair of adidas sneakers.

Notice how I didn’t make any promises of updating more often?

Aha!

Smart, aren’t I?

Thanks for visiting. I do intend to start posting more, actually. But all in good time, okay?

Peace.

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The User Experience Designer’s Anthem – Part 2

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Whitney Hess, you were indeed on to something when you declared Coldplay’s Fix You as the User Experience Designer’s Anthem.

Last night, I was driving home when I suddenly realized that The Klaxons ‘Not Over Yet’ could be a user experience anthem, too.

So, for the benefit of folks who haven’t heard of The Klaxons (or haven’t been to  Twilight Action Girl), here are the lyrics:

The Klaxons ‘Not Over Yet’

I’ll live for you
I’d die for you
Do what you want me to
I’ll cry for you
My tears will show
That I can’t let you go

It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
You still want me, don’t you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
Cos I can see through you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet

Don’t let me down
Don’t make a sound
Don’t throw it all away
Remember me
So tenderly
Don’t let it slip away

It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
You still want me, don’t you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
Cos I can see through you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet

Ooooh…
Yeahh…

I’ll live for you
I’d die for you
Do what you want me to
I’ll cry for you
My tears will show
That I can’t let you go

It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
You still want me, don’t you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
Cos I can see through you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
You still want me, don’t you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
‘Cos I can see through you.

Thanks for the inspiration, Whitney.

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Poverty

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It’s Blog Action Day and the subject that I’m posting about this year is Poverty.

So, how can information architects help fight poverty?

Honestly, I have no fucking idea.

But how can you help the fight against poverty, as a person?

Make it personal.

You don’t always have to donate cash to big organizations where you have no idea where your money is going. You can do better than drop 10 cent coins at fast-food outlet or beggars on the street.

You can stop keeping your distance.

If you want to truly make a difference, do it yourself instead of letting other people decide what happens. It’s more personal and a hell of a lot more meaningful to give directly to the people who are in need. There’s tons of homeless and poor people walking around your city. There’s volunteer organizations. And there’s always your local church/mosque/temple/shrine/synagogue.

So, if you’re serious about helping the poor, stop the car, get out and go talk to them. Ask them what you can do. Give something other than your loose change.

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Why does MindManager Pro rock?

Seriously, it rocks.

Lately, I’ve been using it to sketch out site maps the size of Wisconsin. OK, well, maybe not the size of Wisconsin, which is 65,498 square miles, by the way. But hey, you get the idea.

You don’t even have to be an IA to love this stuff; if you spend hours every day drawing flowcharts or mapping out processes or even if you’re just looking for a brainstorming tool, this is it. I’ve ranted about stuff like Freemind and WriteMaps before, but this stuff is just so much more incredibly on point. Just try it out.

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How Vista relates to website redesigns

Ever wondered what you can learn about website redesigns from the old XP versus Vista debate?

Well, I think the underlying reason why a lot of XP users are still resisting the switch to Vista is because the latter is just so visually different. I don’t think it’s got anything to do with actual brand loyalty or software compatibility.

I think just boils down to a case of visual familiarity.

As blogger Charles Engelke says in his post “Dumping Vista, perhaps there is a layer of complexity that needs to be dealt with in order to get the most out of the operating system.

In other words, there’s a big learning curve to get past, a big visual difference between Old and New. So big, in fact, that it’s not only enough to put you off experimenting with it, it’s also big enough to put you off even liking it.

So, how come Mac users never complain about this kind of stuff? Ever overheard a Mac user complaining about how their new OS isn’t as easy to use as their old OS?

I think that’s because Mac OS X updates always introduce incremental changes.

In other words, they’ve paced themselves with their OS updates, and instead of changing everything visually from top to bottom, they’ve retained the same look and feel of their interface. They’ve kept things familiar, so that people don’t have to learn as much about the system as PC users usually do, because each Windows update looks dramatically different from the last one.

Like Windows XP and Vista.

So, how does this apply to web redesigns?

It’s simple: Prefer incremental visual change to a complete redesign, ceteris paribus.

The less you do to change an interface that’s been around long enough for everyone to get familiar with and comfortably use, the less resistance you’ll encounter that’s associated with learning something new.

I think people look for their favorite visual cues when they browse, and retaining as many of these cues, while improving the functionality and usability of a website, is the key to creating a redesign that people won’t resist.

Common sense, no?

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Leo Burnett

Leo Burnett’s a great agency but their website redesign is a puzzle to me.

Apart from adding a few more steps, more copy to read and a greater perception of depth, I don’t really see any difference in terms of accessibility or functionality, compared to the old site.

There’s tons of hidden content. There’s not enough call to action. And there’s not much tactile control; trying to guide your pointer across the screen and choosing stuff to click on is like navigating in bullet-time. The most painful thing about the site, though, is that it forces you to learn how to use it, all over again.

On the bright side, that logo does look real spiffy in 3D. Heh.

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Brands that I’ve worked with

I thought it would be cool to visualize my portfolio in Dipity.

It’s basically a timeline of brands that I’ve worked with, from MINI to stuff that I set up with friends, like Bongo.

It’s a work-in-progress thing. So bear with me as I add to the topic, one brand at a time.

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