This week in UX Links, May 13 - May 25 2012

Giant double-sized issue! UX Zeitgeist Inside!


What's this?

I've been Favoriting a lot of interesting-looking links that people post on Twitter, then never disinterring the links again. In this post (first in a series?) I'll cherry-pick the most interesting links I've collected this week, and maybe comment. Plus, it makes me slightly less dependent on Twitter as my digital memory. I also save these links into gimmiebar (where I ignore them some more) and back them up to dropbox (where they will be ignored for eternity).

I've generally not credited the people who posted the links originally, because I am a terrible person.

Who's it for?

Mostly for me, but if you like talks and presentations on UX and innovation, new HTML technologies, non-profit / social enterprise initiatives, and general web stuff, then you might find something of interest here too.

Linkage Commence

Interview with a games-industry psychologist

"Playful Design author, John Ferrara, interviews Mike Ambinder, Valve's full-time experimental psychologist, to discuss the professional practices that ensure high-quality game experiences".

.. quiet, direct observation is our preferred method, but we combine that with player Q&As, surveys, quantitative metrics, eyetracking, and design experiments, and we're investigating methods of measuring the player's emotional experience during gameplay.

Looks like they get into some kinky business of experience-measuring, like EEG and Voight-Kampf, never mind boring old eyetracking. The games industry seems way ahead of the rest of the usability industry in this regard.

Presentations of note

Avoid Bullshit personas: modular persona approach from Bolt|Peters folks. (Didn't they all go to Facebook?)

Discover and act on insights about people.
Looks like some good ethnographic stuff.

IA Summit podcasts.
I'll probably never get round to these, but it's nice to know they're there.

Measures of success: How to Quantitatively Measure Your User Experience
Roger Dalton's talk from Webvisions is up on slideshare. It was a conference highlight, I'm told.

#UXLX presentation "Discover and act on insights about people".
I've got to go to UX Lisbon one year, it always sounds great.

Casting off our desktop shackles, Jason Grigsby.
Or, why limited mobile sites are bullshit.

Public speaking for the (formerly) terrified by Rachel Andrew.
All this conferencing has given me appetite to try public speaking again (despite my mixed record). This article is good succint advice on how to get over THE FEAR.

@craigmod recommends Bret Victor - Inventing on Principle.
I haven't watched it yet (1hr) but read the gob-smacked Vimeo comments for the flavor. Bret's website looks like a rich source of awesome, too: http://worrydream.com/

Conference related

Design Extravaganza, Austin, 5th October.
Looks to have a strong social responsibility message for design.

And the rest

Superb Avengers FUI work from Jayse Hanson.
Sexy but impractical interfaces. Tony Stark might manage that level of visual complexity, don't think anyone else would. Too shiny!

A new Rich Text Editor of Note : http://xing.github.com/wysihtml5/

Coda 2 came out!
And it is pretty great. I'm using it for the first time to format this post. They had a 50% off sale the first day, which was jolly nice of them. Plenty of folk noted that the demo video on their site is controlled using CSS3 transforms, which is mindblowing but sorta depressing - wasn't there an easier way? Maybe Css3 transforms IS the easier way, now. Easter egg: press "\" during the video for full-screen.

Layercake app
Easily turn PSD layers into exported pngs and jpegs. Sweet!

The law of the conservation of complexity
"It poses the question of who should deal with this complexity. Should, for example, a software developer spend extra time on the program to make it simpler for the user or should the user have to deal with increased complexity?".

Kinect, HTML, JS: http://kinesis.io/home. Dope!

http://www.easel.ly: Simple inforgrapgics js. Simple?!

Draw on paper, turn it magically into an interactive prototype. I'm not convinced.

Reddit asks: what are the most intellectually stimulating sites?
My favorite so far from the list: http://fuckinghomepage.com

Font-pairing advice from ALA

http://www.browserstack.com/; Live Web-Based Cross Browser Testing.
I've used a lot of shitty x-browser testing tools in the past, this one looks legit though.

I didn't know California was closing its state parks. Here's a beautiful-looking film about that.http://thefirst70.com/

100 Things Every Presenter needs to know about people (Amazon link).
I've got the authors previous "100 things a designer needs to know" book (great), so will check this out too.

Aside: that's the last time I embed a tweet - I was just wondering what it would look like

Music links

Nerd music extreme(ly good): Black Materia, FFvii raps.

And finally, this gem via @beep:

 

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