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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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“So, what do you do?”

(Source: monster-munch.com)

Yup, it’s happened to me, too.

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Three Laws of Campaign Microsites

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With a nod to Isaac Asimov:

1. A campaign microsite may not leave a human being unfulfilled or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to boredom.

2. A campaign microsite must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3. A campaign microsite must justify its own existence as long as such an existence does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Agree?

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Malaysian 404 Error Pages

Cool in a Junk sorta way, ain’t it?

404 error pages are a nice touch because they add just a little bit more personality to your website. You can be funny, useful, scary, aloof or whatever the hell sentiment it is that you want to convey to your visitors. You can also redirect them to other pages of your website, showcase new products or services, or just be a complete ass clown and be none the wiser about it.

I’ve always liked the 404 errors pages on Twitter, so I don’t really mind when their service is down.

Holler if you come across any other 404 pages from Malaysian web designers, okay?

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Pre-experience Design

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There’s been a decent amount of buzz about it lately, mostly from people like Adaptive Path’s Peter Merholz, Russell Davies from Open Intelligence Agency and even PSFK showed some love, too.

Personally, I think the idea of advertising wrapped around pre-experience design is totally fucking awesome.

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25 Years in Usability

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” Since I started in 1983, the usability field has grown by 5,000%. It’s a wonderful job ā€” and still a promising career choice for new people.”

– Jakob Nielsen, web usability consultant.

Congratulations to Jakob Nielsen for the first 25 years of improving the Web!

I’ve learned heaps from his books and even just being on his mailing list.

Here’s to the next 25 years of knowledge, guidance and inspiration from the guru of Web page usability.

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Fitts’ Law

Thanks to Jared Spool‘s Usability Tools Podcast, I am no longer ignorant about Fitts’ Law.

Fitts’ Law, according to the Wiki, is

“a model of human movement which predicts the time required to rapidly move to a target area, as a function of the distance to the target and the size of the target.”

It’s a basic guide to the act of pointing; it helps you predict human motion based on rapid movement – which is great for interface design, especially on the Web.

I used to tune in a lot to Spool’s podcasts but I’ve been busy lately, so I haven’t really had time to sit back with a cup of coffee and chill.

But that must be the upside to being busy, I guess. You get to periodically rediscover shit you’re into.

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