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How to download your free U2 album from Apple (they didn’t make it very intuitive)

Like all of you, i was excited to get something FREE for once from Apple, after all the thousands of dollars I’ve thrown at them over the years. Unfortunately, they didn’t make it very easy or intuitive to find and get the album, they simply said, “it’s already in your iTunes library.” Weeeeellll it actually…

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Error messages shouldn’t be Mastermind games

Do you remember the game Mastermind from childhood? Your opponent would select four pegs in different colors, and you had to guess both the color and the order of the pegs to win the game. As you guessed, the only feedback you would get from your opponent would be how many you had right. You…

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iPhone app photo uploading buttons: pick an order and use it

I’m a big fan of not reinventing the wheel. If a standard exists, and works, you keep using it. But in the wild west of mobile apps, many app developers mess with convention, which results in annoyances for the users. The example I’ll use to demonstrate this is the the convention found in iOS for…

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Good post titles are the new black

Readers have the attention spans of a gnat these days, and don’t spend more than a few seconds lingering on any post or article title found in search, deciding whether they want to read the following content. It gets worse on Twitter, where you only have 140 characters to entice someone to click through. Follow…

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Zappos UX Fix:Grouping Items Improves Usability

One makeover technique to improve usability is grouping like items. Sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how often like items are scattered around a site page. I found this happening on the Zappos item detail page. I thought the page could be made friendlier with some item grouping, and a little relabeling.

Wonder if your copy is intimidating? Try the ZOOM test

An artist friend of mine said she liked to be in a room that had interesting objects in it because there were “places for my eyes to rest.” It’s the same thing with a page of copy. Your eyes need places to rest on the page as they skim it. You can accomplish this by…

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I’m Geek Of The Week on Geek Girl’s Guide Podcast

The awesome gals at Geek Girls Guide elected me “Geek of the Week” and had me on their podcast this week! Geek Girl’s Guide is a fabulous website/podcast series in exploring how technology can be fun and productive, geared to real-life people who may not have their heads in the pixels all the time like…

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Band Owl Project

Band Owl was an idea that came from a need to know, “what’s going on tonight?” Specifically, “What bands are playing in my area tonight?” Although in some towns there is a curated band listing, many times this only includes big name bands, not up and coming artists. The Band Owl concept was to scrape…

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A Career Book in Manga Form? Yep, Daniel Pink Wrote One

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Daniel Pink (author of a Whole New Mind and others) has written a beautifully simple manga tale telling of six rules of work. I encourage you to read it yourself, but in case you’re lazy or pressed for time the rules are:

Band Owl Project

Band Owl was a service that answers the question, “What’s going on tonight?” Well, more specifically, “What bands are playing in my area tonight?” Even more specifically, “which INDIE (i.e. not well known) bands are playing near me?” The Band Owl service was going to scrape data from MySpace and port it to a Band…

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