For the last five years Studio 360 has been hiring graphic design teams to rethink various cherished symbols — from the gay pride flag, to the board game Monopoly. Last fall, Kate Ahearn from Haverhill, Massachusetts, wrote in begging us to redesign the image of teachers. "I have been teaching for 15-plus years and have enough of what I deem ‘apple crapple’ to last me a lifetime." She detests the corny old-fashioned visual junk educators get stuck with — apples, ABCs, 123s, one-room schoolhouses with bells on top.
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"… On this week’s show: Ryan and Stanton interview Alex Hunter about managing your brand. Meanwhile Paul and Marcus look at how to speed up your website."
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
Acquia has contracted out Mark Boulton and Leisa Reichelt to do a major overhaul on the user experience of Drupal 7. Instead of small incremental usability improvements, they are taking a look the bigger picture problems and will be proposing some broad and sweeping changes.
I had the chance to interview Mark at Drupalcon when they were just getting starting with the process. And if you haven’t already noticed from the Drupal Planet feed, they have been doing all sorts of different crowdsourced activities with the Drupal community to brainstorm on feedback and gather input on tone, branding and wireframes. You can follow their latest progress at: http://d7ux.org
Mark first talks about the redesign of drupal.org, and then about overhauling the user experience of Drupal 7.