"One third of US internet users post their status updates to a social network, Google gets hacked by China, and the German government advises its citizens to ditch Internet Explorer as a result. All this and more in this week’s episode of the SitePoint Podcast!"
The audio was recorded at An Event Apart Seattle 2009. The session description was as follows:
On its surface, Amazon.com just seems like a large e-commerce site, albeit a successful one. Its design isn’t flashy, nor is it much to write home about. But deep within its pages are hidden secrets — secrets that every designer should know about.
If one looks closely at what the team at Amazon has built, it’s filled with innovative functionality and clever designs, all of which creates a delightful experience for its users and directly produces regular profits for its shareholders. But not all is perfect. Some design changes in the last few years have not been the success that the team had hoped for. Amazon’s exceptional qualities and imperfections are critical knowledge for any designer that wants to dig deep into what makes the site tick.
In this entertaining presentation, Jared will share some of UIE’s latest research into the hidden treasures of (the) Amazon. You’ll learn:
- The simple Yes/No question that increased revenues by more than $1 billion
- The elegant subtlety of Amazon’s security system
- Why Amazon’s business model is more than meets the eye (and why designers need to care) The wins and losses that Amazon has had with social media functionality
Search engine optimisation (SEO) is a unique mix of marketing, usability and technology which can often cause confusion on how it is implemented across different organisations. An important part of your SEO strategy is getting the most out of your SEO dollars. This session will explain what your developers, designers, producers, content authors and marketers should all know about SEO to ensure you’re getting the maximum return on your SEO.
This week, Kevin Yank (@sentience) and Derek Powazek (@fraying), co-creator of JPG Magazine and creator of Fray, discuss the pros and cons of ebooks, what Apple’s iPad means to publishers big and small, and why print may be here to stay.
The much-anticipated iPad debuted this week, introduced by Steve Jobs as a device that will revolutionize the industry. The 1 1/2-pound slate computer will bring you books, movies, music and even word processing, all on a 9.7-inch screen. Host Liane Hansen talks with NPR’s Laura Sydell about the much-hyped device and whether it’s worth all the fuss.
Why should we be taking video games more seriously?
In 2008 Nintendo overtook Google to become the world’s most profitable company per employee. The South Korean government will invest $200 billion into its video games industry over the next 4 years. The trading of virtual goods within games is a global industry worth over $10 billion a year. Gaming boasts the world’s fastest-growing advertising market.
In addition to these impressive statistics, video games are creating a whole new science of mass engagement which is beginning to revolutionise the way we research and understand economics, human behaviour and democratic participation. Games are used to train the US Military, to model global pandemics and to campaign against human rights abuses in Africa.
Journalist and author Tom Chatfield visits the RSA to examine the ways in which virtual game worlds can function as unprecedented laboratories for exploring human motivations, and for evaluating economic theories that it has never been possible before to test experimentally.
He will argue that games are becoming one of the most powerful tools available for raising awareness of political, ethical and environmental issues, and promoting action across an extraordinary range of fields and disciplines – from medicine to warfare to, perhaps most importantly, education.
Response by Ed Vaizey MP, Shadow Minister for Culture
Chaired by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology correspondent
Web forms are the mouth that feeds most web apps. There’s no way around that. Yet, few people are thinking about how to make one of the more unpleasant parts of the web more pleasant. The world’s foremost authority on web forms is Luke Wroblewski, author of the heralded book, Web Form Design.
- Duration: 35m | 16 MB
- Recorded: January, 2010
- Brian Christiansen, UIE Podcast Producer
Today my guests are Dave Nanian, Adam Keys, Christina Warren, Mike Davidson, and Merlin Mann.
We discuss Flash, HTML5, and the future of the web, Gowalla, Daringfireballwithcomments – was it legal? was it wrong? was it funny? the newsvine acquisition and NOT selling out or giving up the indy spirit, how to not dupe your readers, technology and kids, comments and giving up control, and how creating an identity on the internet can be both good and evil.
Interviews Ryan Carson, the co-founder and voice of Carsonified, organizer of events like Chirp: The Twitter Developer Conference, Future of Web Apps, Future of Web Design, the Carson workshops, and creating web applications like MATT and DropSend.
They discuss how he works, his inspiration, how he’s built such a strong personal brand, the Carsonified 4-day work week and unique offices, and more.
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