Adelle Frank Drupal, genealogy, accessibility, and religion archives geek in Atlanta, Georgia

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We don't pay attention to boring things

sleepy headNeed to get users' attention for your web site? Worried about giving boring presentations? Read these helpful ideas from chapter 4 of Medina's book, "Brain Rules" for ideas on getting people's attention in the web development, IA and UX fields. 

Reading and Words on the Web

Scan, don't readSo much of your website is WORDS. Can brain science insights help you to use words better on the web? Read these summaries from chapters 17-21 of Michael Eysenck's book on Fundamentals of Cognition, for a few ideas that are relevant to the web development, IA and UX fields. 

Short term Attention-getters and Long term Brand management

Juggling 7 pieces of infoHow do we get users' attention in the short-term and maintain our brand in the long-term? Read these summaries from chapters 5 and 6 of Medina's book, "Brain Rules" for ideas on how these concepts are relevant to the web development, IA and UX fields. 

Help users to Remember your brand and Take Action on your web site

Juggling multiple=How do users remember (or forget) your brand? How do they learn to use your web site? What causes them to take action on your web site? Read these summaries and reflections from chapters 11-16 and 28 of Eysenck's book, "Fundamentals of Cognition."

"Hey, You!" Getting the attention of the unconscious mind in web design

How is research on attention-getting and the unconscious relevant to you, if you're in the web development, IA and UX fields? Read these summaries of the most relevant and interesting thoughts from chapters 1 and 6 in Susan Weinschenk's book, "Neuro Web Design: what makes them click?"
Danger!FoodDon't be evil!

Needs, Entertainment, Decision-making, Overload and other Concepts relevant to information behavior

How do users decide, browse, avoid and assign relevance or entertainment value on the web? What role do needs play in information seeking? Read these summaries and reflections from chapters 4 and 5 of Donald Case's book, "Looking for information" for ideas on how these concepts are relevant to the web development, IA and UX fields. 

How People interact with Information, some theories

How are human information behavior (HIB) theories and models relevant to you if you're in the web development, IA and UX fields? Read these summaries of and reflections on chapters 6 and 7 in Donald Case's book on "Looking for information". 

Canadian ISP allows parody of Ralph Lauren's unhealthy model photoshop to stay

Big-headed modelBoingBoing.net ticked off Ralph Lauren by noting that, in this model's photo, "her head is bigger than her pelvis."   Thanks to photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com for the image.

However, note the "blogspot.com" in that URL?  That's Google, who totally caved to Ralph Lauren's spurious copyright infringement claim.  Spurious, because parody is an excellent example of Fair Use.

Happily, BoingBoing is hosted by a Canadian company who is not subservient to the DCMA.

The lesson?  Host your controversial blog outside the U.S. :)

See the video of BoingBoing talking with Rachel Maddow.

5 Reasons Why I love Oxygen XML and you should, too

This software makes it possible for me to spend days in the depths of XML and XSL and not go totally insane. Here are my 5 reasons for loving this XML editing software.

Interaction gestalt and the design of aesthetic interactions

Lim, et. al. (2007) apply a visual perception theory (gestalt) to interaction design, defining 11 attributes of interaction.