ARCHIVE: December, 2008

Why the larger text?

Several folks have noticed I’m using a larger font size on bokardo now…here’s why. In short, the text is easier to read now. Not just the body text, but the text in all columns. The inspiration for this change came from an image in the blog post relative readability by Wilson Miner, who explained his […]

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Upcoming Speaking Events

Just a quick update on the various speaking events I’ve got coming up. UIE Virtual Seminar: Designing for Sign Up This thursday, December 9, I’ll be giving a UIE Virtual Seminar on Designing for Sign Up. This presentation is for folks struggling with getting people signed up for their product/service. I’ll go over some of […]

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The Tyranny of Context

Are we hypocrites when it comes to technology? Or are we merely suffering from the tyranny of context? My wife and I are currently staying at an amazing farmhouse built in 1745 along the Merrimac River. Our lovely hosts, Windy and Brent, are caretakers of the house and estate and are what you might call […]

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Tripit’s innovative design evolves (but is it for the worse?)

One of my favorite examples of sign-up is from They have a unique way of signing you up for the service. Instead of filling out a form to sign up, which is the norm, you simply forward them a confirmation email from a travel service. So you book your flight on Orbitz, they send […]

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What if Gall’s Law were true?

An interesting bit came across my twitterstream the other day: Gall’s Law “A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. The inverse proposition also appears to be true: A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work. You have to start […]

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