In order to actually stay safe online, you need to see the “seams” of the web, you need to pay attention, use your brain.
A quote reported by Jeremy Keith on his Adactio blog on a long piece on the recent discussions in browsers’ development about hiding, or not, the URL of the visited websites. Emphasis on the quote is mine…
John Borthwick of Betaworks published and extremely interesting article on
What can 1000 homescreens tell us about the way people use their phones. Excerpted from the betaworks shareholder book
on this Medium article.
It happens about once or twice a year. I travel over to my mother’s house for a visit and, about two or three hours in, she says something like:
“Hey, can you take a look at my computer? I just want to make sure everything is okay with it. You know I don’t know what I’m doing.”
She’s right. She doesn’t know what she’s doing. She wants to, though.
And that’s what brings her and millions of people like her to the websites we create every day. They fumble frustratedly through signup forms, hidden gestures, and confusing interfaces. As designers and developers, it’s our responsibility to make our websites not only useable, but enjoyable enough to come back to again and again.
Here are a few things I try to keep in mind about my mother when I’m designing a new website or interface
An interesting read by Tony Gines on the pages of Medium: designing User Interfaces for Your Mother. I personally think that this kind “goal” in the design process, should be extended to everything we build.
While Kai was announcing the freshly pressed release of Offscreen Magazine n°8, I had to force myself and abandon the daily RSS reading routine to finish the 7th issue on my bedside table.
If I had to choose I’d say that the most interesting interviews were the ones to Jake Nickell of Threadless fame, and Scott Thomas, full of inspirational thoughts on the technologies in our lifes.
Also, Chase Adam’s story on WATSI made me believe there’s some really gold mine under the ‘tech startup’ babbling over the blogosphere, and stuff that can be truly done to improve people’s life…