user interface

Helvetica The Movie

November 23, 2011

So as I had planned, I watched the documentary “Helvetica” on Netflix. It is a well-made film consisting primarily of interviews with type designers interspersed with a zillion visuals of Helvetica font used all over the place. Not being from a graphics background, I was astounded to see how ubiquitous the Helvetica typeface is. Most corporations use […]

Read the full article →

More on Typography

November 1, 2011

To follow up on my post on typography, I noticed that “This Developer’s Life” had a new podcast on the topic. I liked the interview with Bill Hill, who has done some stellar work with Microsoft on ClearType. The previous podcast episode on “Taste” was also very interesting. There was mention about the documentary “Helvetica”. […]

Read the full article →

The Delete Confirmation Functionality

January 13, 2010

Phil Haack writes about the lack of confirmation dialogs when deleting an item in the Netflix queue. I have noticed something similar on the Amazon wish lists. It avoids an unnecessary click, but at the same time, allows you to quickly undo the action if you had accidentally clicked the first time. This reminds me […]

Read the full article →

The Worst Software Book Ever

October 4, 2009

There are some books (“Peopleware”, “The Innovator’s Dilemma”, “The Halo Effect”)  that you want to hug and never let go. And then there are others that you want to tear apart and dance on its fragments. Alan Cooper’s “The Inmates are Running the Asylum” belongs strongly to the second category. But first some meta: I […]

Read the full article →