James Royal-Lawson


For your reading pleasure… (week 12, 2010)

Scrolling and Attention

Although many have said that Nielsen’s conclusion is obvious – “what’s most important for the users’ goals or your business goals should be above the fold” – there are also many who still claim that the fold doesn’t exist. It’s does, it’s just much more complicated than it used to be.

Eye Tracking: Best Way to Test Rich App Usability

A great overview of eye tracking and it’s benefits by three eye tracking and usability experts. It has a part to play in many different types of usability (and design) testing.

Conversation Manager vs. Community Manager

John discusses two different roles – that of a conversation manager and that of a community manager. It’s both interesting and useful to see these roles as separate. Arguably all companies need a conversation manager, but not all need a community one.

Why I don’t get SEO and A Beginners Guide to Keyword Research

Two posts under the same heading. Great fun to contrast the two posts. One is the view of an owner of a web design agency, the other a guide by someone with specific and in-depth experience of helping companies improve their bottom line by SEO. Paul is not wrong in all his post – I too believe in web standards and user experience – but, we live in a world full of humans and machines. The machines are also one of your target audiences. It’s not all about good content and making your site “accessible to search engines”. There’s a balance to be found.

For your reading pleasure (week 1, 2010)

Why Enterprise Microblogging Has More Practical Use for Everyday People Than Twitter

Took the time to revisit this post which was published in December. Enterprise Microblogging can be a valuable internal communication and knowledge sharing resource – as long as your company culture is ready for it – irrespective of company size

2009 Mobile Web Trends Report

Mobile web use has doubled again in 2009. We’re at tipping point for the mobile web. How ready are you?

The culture of collaboration and what it means for your intranet

Each organisation has it’s own unique culture, but they can be grouped – as Maish Nichani shows. Take some time to read the comments.

Reklam som säljer behöver inte alltid skapas av dig själv

Naturally an advert for Honesty, but this Swedish post by Jesper Åström (who as always) gives an educating and insightful look into exploiting opportunities created by campaigns driven by your competitors.

What’s Next in Web Design?

From the conclusion: “In concrete terms: Better interaction design, less graphic design. Better user experience, less debates about taste. Faster technology, more reliable design standards.”

Browser viewport statistics

There are plenty of statistics available on screen sizes/resolutions and their usage. Equally there are plenty of articles available on how you should optimise your site design for this size or that size.

The truth is that screen resolution is only half of the equation. The other half, and more important for the end-user experience, is the browser viewport (window size).

A user might have the world’s largest screen; but unless their run their browser full-screen, this fact isn’t very relevant to us. And even if they did; they might have so many toolbars, bookmarks, and a page history sidebar that their viewpoint will only be a tiny fraction of what you might expect.

We need to switch our focus from screen resolutions. Web usage is diverging; for some screen sizes are getting bigger. Whilst for other screen sizes are getting smaller. Website statistics suites need to gather data on visitor’s actual viewports – it is already possible in some – so we can move forward.

In October 2009 an interesting project began. w3census intends to help developers, with a live database, to be always up-to-date with the current state state of the web. In that database will be, amongst many other things, Browser Viewport Size. One to watch.

Update Jan 2010: w3census has vanished, including their twitter account. Shame, it looked interesting. In the meantime, I’ve added written a post explaining how you can measure browser viewport size yourself.

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