Sunday, June 30, 2013

Find: With new ICANN agreement, you'll need to verify email and phone to register a domain

A good thing. 

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With new ICANN agreement, you'll need to verify email and phone to register a domain


Domain registrars like GoDaddy will soon be held far more accountable for information on those who are signing up for web domains. In the future, users will need to verify both their email address and phone number within 15 days of applying for a domain. Without verification, registrars are instructed to suspend domain registrations. The new rule, which is one among many, comes as part of a new Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) approved earlier this week by the board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — a nonprofit which oversees everything from top-level domains to IP addresses. The updated rules, which won't take effect until a later date when registrars sign the new agreement,...

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Find: Behind the scenes of Tumblr’s design process

Begin with sketches. 
Track what you ask users to be aware of. 
Keep it small. 

// published on Ars Technica // visit site

UX Spotlight: Behind the scenes of Tumblr's design process

Tumblr Creative Director Peter Vidani
Cesar Torres

New York City noise blares right outside Tumblr's office in the Flat Iron District in Manhattan. Once inside, the headquarters hum with a quiet intensity. I am surrounded by four dogs that employees have brought to the workspace today. Apparently, there are even more dogs lurking somewhere behind the perpendicular rows of desks. What makes the whole thing even spookier is that these dogs don't bark or growl. It's like someone's told them that there are developers and designers at work, and somehow they've taken the cue.

I'm here to see Tumblr's Creative Director Peter Vidani, who is going to pull the curtain back on the design process and user experience at Tumblr. And when I say design process, I don't just mean color schemes or typefaces. I am here to see the process of interaction design: how the team at Tumblr comes up with ideas for the user interface on its website and its mobile apps. I want to find out how those ideas are shaped by their engineering team into a final product.

Back in May, Yahoo announced it was acquiring Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Yahoo indicated that Tumblr would continue to operate independently, though we will probably see a lot of content crossover between the millions of blog posts hosted by Tumblr and Yahoo's search engine technology. It's a little known fact that Yahoo has provided some useful tools for UX professionals and developers over the years through their Design Pattern Library, which shares some of Yahoo's most successful and time-tested UI touches and interactions with Web developers. It's probably too early to tell if Tumblr's UI elements will filter back into these libraries. In the meantime, I talked to Vidani about how Tumblr UI features come to life.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Find: Programmer shuns images, recreates intricate London subway map from pure web code

Kinda awesome. The web as visual medium. 

But coding isn't the right interface for building this. Adobe should be outputting this stuff. 

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Programmer shuns images, recreates intricate London subway map from pure web code


Freelance web developer John Galantini has recreated Harry Beck's iconic London Underground map using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The CSS Tube Map was created as a non-profit project to celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the London Underground. Not a single image was used for the design: every symbol, line, circle, and box was created programmatically. Galantini writes that "all the symbols have been recreated using HTML entities, styled and arranged by CSS." Every line is its own unordered list containing station names and items that Galantini then positioned absolutely onscreen using CSS.

The imageless map looks almost identical to the official one provided by Transport for London, and is the result of almost 120 hours work...

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Spotted: Swipe vs. scroll - web page switching on mobile browsers

On mobile devices, swiping between web pages beats tabs. I wonder what the wider implications are?


// published on Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems-Latest Proceeding Volume // visit site
Swipe vs. scroll: web page switching on mobile browsers
Andrew Warr, Ed H. Chi

Tabbed web browsing interfaces enable users to multi-task and easily switch between open web pages. However, tabbed browsing is difficult for mobile web browsers due to the limited screen space and the reduced precision of touch. We present an experiment comparing Safari's pages-based switching interface using horizontal swiping gestures with the stacked cards-based switching interface using vertical scrolling gestures, introduced by Chrome. The results of our experiment show that cards-based switching interface allows for faster switching and is less frustrating, with no significant effect on error rates. We generalize these findings, and provide design implications for mobile information spaces.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Internship: Brooks Bell Internship Program​

An interesting internship opportunity at brooks bell. 


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Date: Wed, May 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Subject: Brooks Bell Internship Program
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Good Morning Ben,

By way of introduction, my name is Carissa and I work for Brooks Bell.  I got your name from Mike Adams and was told you might know of some aspiring developers that would be interested in our new two week intensive internship program here at Brooks Bell.  We are looking for 4 developers total that would like to participate (I have included a blurb about the program below along with a link) in this program.  It would expose these students to the online optimization business, great contacts, and it could lead to a longer-term internship or a position.

Brooks Bell is excited to announce its new Digital Testing & Optimization two-week intensive internship program that will debut this summer. For two full weeks, interns will be exposed to the testing and conversion optimization world through deep immersion classes and hands-on experience. By the end of the second week, interns will have built and completed their own test on a live website. We are looking for motivated and ambitious college juniors, seniors, or Masters program candidates with a passion for data analysis, strategy, and marketing.

There are twelve available openings for the program, which will form three teams at the beginning of the first week. Each team will consist of an analyst, a strategist, a developer and a designer. The three teams will build and run their own test, then be judged by a panel at the end of the second week. Members of the winning team will each receive a $1000 prize.


- Must be a college junior, senior, or Masters program candidate
- Must provide your own laptop
- Minimum GPA: 3.4


Click here for an application

The application says were are past the deadline, but we are extending it a couple of weeks.  Please let me know if you have any questions or have a recommendation.

Thank you,




Direct: 919-521-5276





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