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The Science of Good Design: A Dangerous Idea at #SXSW2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas #sxsw #Dangerous #SXDangerous
by Ben McAllister (Assoc Creative Dir – frog design)

Richard Feynman - Image via Wikipedia

Research is about informing decisions.

“The Research” – the data doesn’t speak for itself. Someone should interpret it.

The Science of Certainty vs. The Science of Wonder

Scientism vs. Science

The Blind Spot: Science and the Crisis of Uncertainty by William Byers

Different kinds of research are very different from each other, there is a broad spectrum.

Hard sciences have laws that predict things with a large degree of certainty.

Social Sciences have experiments.

At the other end of the spectrum, we have “looking at stuff”. In design, we don’t do a lot of real scientific studies.

Cargo Cult ScienceRichard Feynman’s Commencement Speech at CalTech

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Create More Value Than You Capture at #SXSW2012

Monday, March 12, 2012 at South by Southwest Interactive Conference, Austin, TX
by Tim O’Reilly (Founder, CEO – O’Reilly Media) and moderated by  #sxsw #values

What companies have done is stopped taking care of our clients and customers and thinking of themselves first, even when it goes against the good of their customers and clients.

It is important to understand that monetization comes later, but the really good things come from people having fun or providing a good

I wouldn’t say I’m a first rate capitalist. I have more than one billionaire come up to me and say, “It all started with one of your books!” And all I got out of it was $35. – Tim O’Reilly

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A Brief History of the Complete Redesign of Google at #SXSW2012

Sunday, March 11 at South by Southwest Interactive Conference, Austin, TX
Google Panel Consisting of Evelyn Kim (Visual Designer for Maps), Jon Wiley (Lead Designer for Google Search), Michael Leggett (Design Lead, Google Apps & Gmail), Nicholas Jitkoff (User Experience Designer for Chrome), Chris Wiggins (Google Creative Lab)

The Evolution of Google Design

Google Kennedy Redesign of 2011

“So did Google just hire a bunch of designers recently, or were they all being kept in a cage all this time?” @tylerball

The process of this redesign is told in two stories. There is the story that you know about that happened in 2011, but most people don’t know the story of the redesign in 2007. 6 designers set out to express the Google brand that was consistent across all properties. It was called Kanna (Icelandic for “to explore, to examine”). Trying to find the balance between form and function, but mainly design and engineering. Looked at over 100 brand attributes that were narrowed down to 4 clusters.

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High On Line: Applying Psychology to Web Design at #SXSW2012

Sunday, March 11 2012 at South by Southwest, Austin, TX
by Jason HrehaBehavior Designer+UX Advisor, Applied Psychologist, www.persuasive.ly, Co-founder of Dopamine, UX Advisor @ 500 Startups

Research from the StansfoJason Hreha - positive.lyrd Persuasive Tech Lab

D – dopamine

Why do we need a UX Design / Motivational framework?

  • Design with Intent Deck – 101 Patterns for Influencing Behaviour Through Design – decks
  • Mental Notes – ways to bring psychology to web design.
  • Influence: The Psycology of Persuation
  • Gamification – instead of thinking in a step by step way, it becomes a conglomeration of incentives, but what’s the point?

Why do these tactics work? What are we changing?

Model was created by BJ Fogg (leader of the Stanford Pers Lab) – Behavior Model

What causes behavior? (What needs to come together in order for behavior to occur?

3 things need to coincide for behavior to occur

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Exploring Standard Ad Unit Sizes: Google AdSense 200×200 – Small Square

A 200x200 pixel square. Intended for display a...

Jumping right into the next square offering from Google Adsense, we have the 200×200 – Small Square. If you’re sidebar or content area is to small to accommodate the 250×250 – Square or the 300×250 – Medium Rectangle, your next option is the 200 x 200 – Small Square.  The 200 x 200 – Square is multifaceted and can be placed in many areas of your page. Additionally, with some testing as to placement and design, this ad unit can produce a respectable amount of  clicks. However, just like the 250×250 Ad Unit, the 200 x 200 has been relegated to the disapproved list by Microsoft Advertising, as well as the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau), in favor of the 300×250 rectangle.

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Exploring Standard Ad Unit Sizes: Google AdSense 120×600 Skyscraper

Examples of standard web advert sizes, from th...

Next up in the series of posts on Google AdSense ad sizes are the ads in the Google Adsense “Other – Vertical” banner category, starting with the 120×600 skyscraper. The reason the ad unit is called a skyscraper is because it is tall and thin and can dominate the space, like an actual, physical skyscraper. This ad unit is not in the AdSense top 4 recommended sizes and is listed in the Delisted Standard Ad Units category of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Ad Unit Guidelines. Microsoft Advertising, however, continues to list the 120 x 600 – Skyscraper as part of its standard ad unit sizes, both for marketers and agencies, as well for small and medium businesses.

The original skyscraper was thinner than the current commonly used version of the skyscraper, to accommodate the small side rails in the layouts of many web sites. As site design has changed and elements, including sidebars, of site layouts have gotten larger, the Google AdSense 160×600 Wide Skyscraper has become the more prominently used ad unit.

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Exploring Standard Ad Unit Sizes: Google AdSense 336 x 280 – Large Rectangle

AdSense 336x280 Large Rectangle Example
AdSense 336x280 Large Rectangle Example

Google‘s second recommended ad unit size for AdSense is the 336 x 280 – Large Rectangle. This ad unit size is not listed in the most popular sizes on the Yahoo! Ad Network, but is on the listed in the Microsoft Advertising PubCenter for ad publishers for small businesses, but not in the Standard Ad Creative Acceptance Policy for Marketers & Agencies. On the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) Ad Unit Guidelines, this size is listed in the Delisted Standard Ad Units as of February 28, 2011.

While this size is available in AdSense for both text and image/rich media ads, it seems that this size is used mainly for small publishers and due to it’s size, is commonly used to take up a large area of the content. Google offer examples of the 336×380 Large Rectangle and they are all embedded in or below the content.

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Backbone: 3 Ways

by Pamela Fox at HTML5 Texas Conference, Austin, Texas (Deck)

Backbone is one of the most popular MVC frameworks for JavaScript these days, and one of the reasons for its popularity is that its minimal and lightweight. That makes it easy to use in different ways and adapt to different projects – but can also make it hard to learn. In this talk, I’ll start with Backbone basics, and then dive into three different ways that we use it to power the frontends of Coursera.org.

Backbone 3 Ways HTML5TX

Why use an MVC framework? Website includes: 242 js files, 28848 lines of code & 5-person frontend team. Needed more structure to their code.
Why Backbone?

Backbone JS MVC Diagram

Backbone is a lightweight model view controller framework. Models use set & get so the framework know what’s going on. Collections group objects together. Views with basic data binding. Router is available, but you don’t have to use it.

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Waze Gets You There

Waze community driving app helps drivers on the roadWaze is a community driving app that makes commuting easier. I’ve been a Wazer, using the Waze driving app, for a couple of years now and it has become part of my daily routine. According to Waze, they are all about contributing to the common good out there on the road and by connecting drivers to one another, they “help people create local driving communities that work together to improve the quality of everyone’s daily driving.” Waze is all about avoiding the frustration of sitting in traffic or running into a police trap and wants to help shave five minutes off of your regular commute by showing you new routes that you never may have discovered otherwise.

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