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What Constitutes Good and Bad #WebDesign ?

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It sounded so simple. I wanted to know what exhibitions will be shown at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris this year, and consulted its Web site. Could I find the information there? No. I tried searching in English, then in French, and scoured every section of the site, even the least likely ones. Perhaps I could have pieced together the details eventually, but I wasn’t sure how.

¶ A similar thing happened when I logged on to Tate’s redesigned site hoping to book tickets for a film screening at Tate Modern. Trawling through the site to find that particular screening turned out to be unexpectedly complicated. Nor are Tate and Centre Pompidou the only offenders. Just think of how often you feel irritated or flummoxed by an inexplicably confusing Web site.

¶ Shoddy Web site design is a curse of modern life. The more dependent we have become on the Internet for information, the likelier we are to suffer from its design deficiencies. Bad design can be infuriating, inconvenient or damaging in any field. But it is especially frustrating in areas like this where many of us find the technology so inscrutable that we tend to blame ourselves for being baffled, because we feel unable to judge whether the design is at fault. So what does constitute good and bad Web site design?

¶ In principle, a well-designed Web site needs to deliver the same things as most other examples of good design by fulfilling its intended function efficiently and engagingly. On the efficiency front, given that the most important purpose of most Web sites is to enable us to access information, helping us to find it effortlessly is essential. Straightforward though this sounds, dispiritingly few sites manage to achieve it. A common mistake is to prioritize style over substance. Fashion and luxury brands often do so by using animation software, which produces luscious visual images that can take ages to upload. Louis Vuitton’s site is a particularly irksome example.

¶ Other sites fall prey to what we could call “technologyitis.” Their designers insist on using sophisticated technologies, which look dazzling when they show the sites to clients on their state-of-the-art computers, but considerably less so on older, cheaper machines with slower Internet connections, or on the cramped screens of phones.

¶ But the principal problem with many Web sites is that their designers were neither rigorous nor imaginative enough in planning the way we will navigate them. Ideally, they should anticipate all of the individual items of information that we will wish to find, and how we might choose to combine them. They must then organize the site so that the requisite data is delivered promptly. If you find information swiftly and easily on a Web site, its designer has succeeded. But if you need to click on an inordinate number of buttons and links, or dither over what to do next, the designer has failed. Amazon’s site scores highly for navigational efficiency, but poorly in terms of the second criterion of good Web design, because it is far from engaging.

¶ One site that combines both qualities belongs to the London restaurant Quo Vadis — www.quovadissoho.co.uk. The home page looks like the front page of an old-fashioned newspaper, and you simply click on the relevant section, like “Today’s Menus” or “Reservations,” to retrieve the information. The charm of the site, which was developed by the Web design group Thumbcrumble and the graphic designers Irving & Co., is that it shares the witty illustrative style of Quo Vadis’s menus, bills and the other elements of the visual identity it has adopted since the Scottish chef Jeremy Lee took over a year ago.

¶ All of the illustrations are by John Broadley, who has, as Mr. Lee put it, “an amazing sense of humor and a wonderfully dark streak.” He began by illustrating Quo Vadis’s menus in a cartoonish style of black and white figurative sketches depicting different aspects of the restaurant and the pleasures of eating. Dozens more drawings have since been made for the Web site, including illustrations of Quo Vadis, harvest rituals and decadent feasts.

¶ Beguiling though Quo Vadis’s site is, it contains relatively little data and has a limited number of clearly defined functions. The more information a site has to hold, the more challenging its design will be, especially if that data is complex in nature and time-sensitive: All of which makes the new Web site of the Milwaukee Police Department particularly impressive — www.milwaukeepolicenews.com.

¶ Designed by the communications group Cramer-Krasselt and the Web design consultancy LISS Interactive, the site condenses a labyrinth of archived information and breaking news about the M.P.D. into five sections. “The Source” is a live news feed on local police work, and “The Stats” features striking visualizations of crime statistics, like the murder rate and number of guns seized. “Most Wanted” is an interactive version of the traditional posters filled with mug shots of police suspects. “The Heroes” illustrates the impact of the M.P.D.’s work on Milwaukee, and “About” relays practical information like how to pay parking fines and file incident reports.

¶ Stylistically, the site combines the crisp, no-nonsense typeface Helvetica with color photographs of the M.P.D. at work. As well as being an easily accessible source of useful information for local people, it presents a dynamic, yet realistic depiction of their police department in action.

¶ As I began by grumbling about museum sites, it seems only fair to end by praising a promising one: the new Web site of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which is to reopen in April after 10 years of renovation — www.rijksmuseum.com.

¶ Juxtaposing images of the building and of masterpieces from the museum’s collection with the spruce typography of its new visual identity developed by the Dutch designer Irma Boom, the site looks stunning. It is also organized so thoughtfully that it is remarkably easy to navigate. Let’s hope it stays that way as more information is loaded in the approach to the reopening.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/arts/design/what-constitutes-good-and-bad-web-design.html

 

 


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Theory of Gaming Motivation

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the psychology of video games

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Imersia's comment, May 5, 2013 5:14 PM
Doesn't mention the physiological benefits of gaming, e.g. release of endorphins etc. Gaming can have a huge positive effect on people's emotions through release of brain chemicals, of course when undertaken at moderate levels:)
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Excellent resource, especially for many of us who are doing research on gaming apps!  Thanks Linda.

 

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The 11 basic needs are gaining knowledge, gaining and improving skills, feeling competent, persevering through hard times, creating tools, managing danger, regulating emotions, competing for rewards, cooperating for rewards, caring for loved ones, and satisfying the senses with pleasant inputs (sights, smells, sounds, etc.). In the model they will each be referred to by their relevant nouns. Only “satisfying the senses with pleasant inputs” is called “Optimal Choice” because that is the purpose of satisfying our senses. They help us make the best choice by making us feel attracted to “good” things and repelled by “bad” things.

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I am personally a big fan of 'gamification' and the motivational benefits to learning it brings. The work of Prof James Paul Gee is particularly brilliant. Here's a superb summary of the psychology behind why kids find video games so engaging.

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Raspberry Pi at Southampton

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Professor Cox comments: “As soon as we were able to source sufficient Raspberry Pi computers we wanted to see if it was possible to link them together into a supercomputer. We installed and built all of the necessary software on the Pi starting from a standard Debian Wheezy system image and we have published a guide so you can build your own supercomputer.”


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Europe: No retreat from austerity

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If Europe's political and financial elite were having second thoughts this week about the wisdom of austerity, they were keeping them well hidden.

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Gedanken zum Internationalen Puzzletag

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Puzzles sind ein Dauerbrenner in Sachen Freizeitbeschäftigung. Ob nun ein eher kleines Puzzle mit einigen Hundert Teilchen oder ein ganz, ganz großes mit 20.000 vorgestanzten Stückchen - die Kinder lieben es und die Großen genauso.

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Heute wird alles gepuzzelt - von niedlichen Tierbildern, "Alte Meister", Filmstars oder Sternkarten. Mittlerweile gibt es leuchtende Puzzles und sogar dreidimensionale Bauten, die man zusammensetzen muss.

 

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15 Marketing Trends In 2013 And How Your Business Can Use Them

A compilation of 15 big trends that will shift business in 2013, from marketing expert and best selling author Rohit Bhargava. For DOWNLOAD and 3 BONUS TRENDS,

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Really an intereting read ! Well done

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The Magnificent Architectural Restorations of Retailer Zara

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Photo via thecentreforprotontherapy Turns out Spanish retail giant Zara—famed for affordable, fast-fashion clothing and, more recently, its launch into home decor and housewares—has a fascinating side-hobby: restoring beautiful old buildings....

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Intuition as a Personal Development Tool – Part 1 | Warrior Mind ...

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Creating a personal development plan that includes intuition training will help your brain and your unconsciousness mind work for you and your success.

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Leadership Compendium: Leading Forward In the Face of Complexity, Change or Crisis » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge

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HOW?  Shift your mindset

Seeing your strengths and challenges, stressors and turning points, even your most difficult transitions or crises with new eyes that help YOU build your most important advantage, your 3Q Edge™. Yes, learning and unlearning faster and better than before.  Making a pivotal shift in mindset that will help you learn and unlearn faster, develop improved whole brain thinking and embrace a new solution focused philosophy is critical to the reach, resonance and results you seek to achieve. “ Leaders are made rather than born.” Warren Bennis

►WHY? We must distrupt/change what no longer works. Innovation-Actualization-Optimization of Potential is Key

Go ahead and disrupt/change/transform what no longer works. Build a new and better relationship with changes that helps YOU optimize your potential and the potential of others.  Our unsurpassed access to knowledge, information, technology and training alone cannot help us actualize and sustain greater leadership.

 

..... read more: http://justcoachit.com/blog/2013/01/10/leadership-compendium-leading-forward-in-the-face-of-complexity-change-or-crisis/


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10 Things Really Effective Leaders Do

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When you’re constantly fighting fires, endlessly bombarded with emails, and double-booked in meetings for 60 or 70 hours a week, it’s hard to get ahead and easy to lose perspective on what really matters.

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What can you learn from effective leaders?  What do they do?

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It's easy to be overwhelmed by the noise of business management. Focusing on what is really important is more likely to get things done. What this article neatly does is give you some thoughts on how and why that focus can be attained and maintained. Read it, though - you'll be surprised at some of the suggestions...
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Strategies to consider

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Massive Asteroid Belts Discovered Around Vega : Discovery News

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The young, bright star may soon become famous for sporting two asteroid belts and, by extension, an entire system of exoplanets.

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Compassion

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Compassion: Is a vivid portrayal of compassionate person at just the right time. This is a very important piece to the gallery, because of it's nature and beauty so we are offering only 20 8x10 prints for 50.00, unframed. *shipping unavailable.  The story behind this picture comes from a heart of one of the most compassionate men I have ever known. Who takes in the homeless off the street, gives them a meal, or a shirt, or a coat, or maybe a place to sleep for a night or two; whose dream is to completely elimimiate homelessness in America.


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Just a lovely picture on a reall important topic for the future!

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Free Art Education iPhone and iPad App Now Available

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Art ABC, from Oh Factory, is a popular educational app designed to help little ones learn the alphabet with fun and sophistication, is temporarily being offered as a free download in the iTunes App Store.


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"& Others Stories", la nouvelle enseigne du groupe H&M

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Le groupe Hennes & Mauritz, numéro deux mondial du prêt-à-porter, proposera une nouvelle chaîne de magasins au printemps 2013. Son nom ? « & Other Stories », enseigne où l’on trouvera vêtements, chaussures, sacs, accessoires, mais aussi… cosmétiques. Barcelone, Berlin, Copenhague, Londres, Milan, Paris et Stockholm seront les premières villes à l’accueillir.


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10 Tips On How To Take Amazing Portrait Shots

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You can take amazing portrait shots even if you have little to no experience in the field of portrait photography. Here are 10 useful photography hints and tips

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Eine Stadt bei Stuttgart (Literatur von Jutta Schöps-Körber)

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Eine Erzählung der Autorin Jutta Schöps-Körber: Aenne überredet ihre Schwiegermutter Heidi, mit ihr nach Deutschland in die Nähe von Stuttgart zu fahren, um sich mit ihrer Mutter auszusöhnen, mit der sie seit über 30 Jahren in Streit lebt.

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3. Leseprobe aus "Durch fünf Türen" der Autorin Jutta Schöps-Körber

http://www.pressenet.info/pr-2013/literatur/stuttgart.html

 

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Enseigner l'identité numérique

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De nombreux travaux ont été publiés en ligne sur la problématique de l'identité numérique. Infobourg, site web d’information consacré à l’éducation et en particulier à l’intégration des technologies dans les cours du primaire au secondaire, propose en ligne (en collaboration avec Carrefour éducation portail éducatif destiné aux enseignants québecois du préscolaire au secondaire) un recensement synthétique des principales ressources dans ce domaine : articles, billets, vidéos, applications pédagogiques...

 


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Identité numérique

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L'identité numérique et son apprentissage implique de multiples problématiques et heureusement autant de ressources.

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Enseigner L'Identité numérique.

"De nombreux travaux préparatoires were publiés en ligne sur la problématique de l'Identité numérique. Infobourg, site d'informations consacré à l'éducation et en Particulier à l'intégration des technologies DANS cours du primaire les au secondaire, proposer en ligne (en collaboration with Carrefour éducation portail éducatif Destiné aux disability québécois du préscolaire au secondaire) non census synthétique des ressources principales a DANS CE Domaine: articles, billettes, vidéos, applications pédagogiques" ...


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A 2012 snapshot of 60 seconds in social media

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If you are wondering what social media statistics looked like in 2012 you may be impressed in what we discovered. Although our main sites are still that of Facebook and Twitter with amazing stats on how much we do in one minute; we definitely pop ...

 


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Check out the various actions and interactions we did in 2012 within every minute when using social media in the following infographic.

 
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Can Social Media Help You Lose Weight? - U.S. News & World Report (blog)

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Can Social Media Help You Lose Weight?
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Since many of us spend a lot of time on social media sites—maybe too much if you ask my husband!—why not use these platforms as another tool for support?
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Apple et Google au top de l'innovation en 2012

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Apple et Google au top de l'innovation en 2012
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Selon le cabinet Boston Consulting Group, Apple et Google restent les deux entreprises les plus innovantes dans le monde en 2012.

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How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

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Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around les

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If we don't prepare them they'll find out for themselves via trial and error.  It would be a true act of teaching to help them buffer the errors and see farther ahead into their own futures. 

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Art.com Inc. Press Release - Art.com Inc. Acquires Zenfolio

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Purchase Provides Customers with Expanded Range of Products and Enhanced Shopping Experience

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Snow chaos to cripple Britain with -15c weather predicted

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Snow chaos to cripple Britain with -15c weather predicted | UK | - Breaking news from around the UK (Prepare for heavy snow as -15C weather is forecast in the UK over the next few weeks http://t.co/EHKS5LOy)...
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From Kickstarter to CES, The Pebble Watch Is Finally Here And Shipping Jan. 23 - Forbes

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For the people who placed the 85,000 pre-orders for the Pebble Watch through its $10 million Kickstarter campaign, the wait will soon be over. CEO Eric Migicovsky announced at CES today that the first watches will ship out on January 23.

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76% des consommateurs français ont déjà utilisé une caisse ... - LSA

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12 Most Thrilling “T” Trademarks of Great Leaders

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Brian Vickery shares the 12 Most Thrilling “T” Trademarks of Great Leaders.

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