Why friends don’t let friends do free work for them

My aunt was getting married, and was lamenting about the cost of wedding cakes. A sister-in-law offered to make a wedding cake for her, and although she wasn’t a professional, my aunt let her because a) she needed a cake and b) she wanted to create good will with the new sister-in-law. You can imagine … Read moreWhy friends don’t let friends do free work for them

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 uploading photos. Apple has developed a standard for the buttons used when uploading a photo or video, seen here from the text messaging app:

  • first button: take a new photo/video
  • second button: choose an existing photo/video
  • third button: cancel

Tumblr keeps the same order, but changes the wording a bit. But the order is the important thing.

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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 these quick and easy tips to make your post titles descriptive and memorable.

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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 making the page more visually pleasing with white space and other page elements.

The “Zoom Test” is what I call it when you zoom out a page far enough so you can’t really read it – so your eye doesn’t get distracted by what’s being said. You just look at it visually as shapes.

Let’s look at an example (after the jump)…

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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 … Read moreI’m Geek Of The Week on Geek Girl’s Guide Podcast