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Presentation is Everything 31 May 2010

Posted by schmeslie in Design, Reflection.
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My friend Dr. Phibes has a hilarious story about a ghost that stole his sunglasses. After tearing about the house in search, the sunglasses reappeared weeks later. However, they weren’t just found in a suitcase or a bag, according to the good doctor, they were “presented” on a shelf by his front door. This presentation left no room for interpretation: the shades were back and the ghost was making sure Phibes knew it.

Effective presentation, like this, aids comprehension and can ensure an idea or concept is absorbed. (more…)

Search will never be obsolete. 31 May 2010

Posted by Helen in Reflection.
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This week’s class theme, SEO, made me think of  a blog post my boss mentioned the other day; the premise was that social media is making search engines obsolete. I googled the idea, and came across a post that may or may not be the one he referenced, but is nevertheless thought-provoking.

This post, Will social media render search engines obsolete? from digitallikeness claims that with so much information available, “the challenge to effective information gathering online is no longer search, it’s filter.” Twitter and other social sites allow us to turn to our friends and acquaintances for information, the way we did before the internet. (more…)

Blog Roll Insights 30 May 2010

Posted by elisemchisholm in Design, Trends.
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I’ve been debating about including a blog roll on my website, so I searched for recent info on blog roll trends and etiquette. A post by Melanie Nelson of Blogging Basics 101 caught my attention. Below is a summary.

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Newsweek Website Redesign Embraces Simplicity 30 May 2010

Posted by gjchatalas in Design, Reflection.
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We’ve covered the importance of the symbiotic relationship between usability and appearance, and that successful websites find a way to incorporate both. When considering Newsweek’s site redesign, it’s clear the designers gave great consideration to the user experience.

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Facebook…To Love It Or Leave It? 30 May 2010

Posted by elisemchisholm in Privacy, Reflection, Trends.
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Despite a wave of negative press in recent months over loose/deceptive privacy standards, Facebook’s growth has remained relatively steady. According to a May 26 Bloomberg article, Facebook had more than 519 million users as of last month, up from 411 million in September.

There’s an organized boycott underway called “We’re Quitting Facebook,” but the 25,000 people who have pledged to deactivate tomorrow, May 31, are a drop in the bucket when you consider the total user base.

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Google Map Example 26 May 2010

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Google Map Example 26 May 2010

Posted by Kathy E. Gill (@kegill) in Course Notes.
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Week 9 : Social Networking 26 May 2010

Posted by Kathy E. Gill (@kegill) in Course Notes.
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Agenda:

  • Geek Speak – Discussion Leaders
  • Adding a Google Map to your site (more API integration)
  • Integrating Social Networking Tools and Content (API integration)
  • Revisiting Tasks/Design (group work)

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Laurelhurst Community Club – Competitive Analysis Part 2 26 May 2010

Posted by gjchatalas in Competitive Analysis.
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The Laurelhurst Community Club website is certainly useful and functional. But it really is missing opportunities to better engage and inform the community. While Laurelhurst is a highly-organized and influential community group, my initial take is that it is not using the website as effectively as it could.

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No Depression. What are the tasks at hand? 26 May 2010

Posted by ssglazer in Competitive Analysis.
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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this site by just the name.  It is a very strong name for a company although it tells nothing about what this site is really all about.  Initially I assumed it was a site to help and beat depression, but once viewing the home page and title I realized quickly that it was a a music website.

No Depression ScreenShotSo now knowing a small amount of information, what will be the tasks that a common viewer would do for this website?  First thing is to find out more information.  The About Us tab is very important here because not everyone will be knowledgeable of this one print magazine called “No Depression”. This site was created by Ning, which is like a wordpress site with CMS capabilities, themes and widgets but Ning sites are social networking sites.
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