ENTRIES TAGGED "usability"

Note to visualization creators: Add subtitles and narration

Note to visualization creators: Add subtitles and narration

Embedded information makes animated visualizations more accessible.

An animated visualization from NASA shows how subtitles and simple narration can make complex graphics easier to understand. We need more of this.

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Six ways to think about an "infinite canvas"

Six ways to think about an "infinite canvas"

How would content look, feel and act in an unlimited space?

Imagine a canvas that's elastic and infinite. Now consider the content that could exist in this domain. How would it work? How would you interact with it? Pete Meyers considers these questions and more.

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Open Question: What needs to happen for tablets to replace laptops?

Open Question: What needs to happen for tablets to replace laptops?

Moving from "tablet-plus-laptop" to "tablet-only."

What will it take for tablets to equal — or surpass — their laptop cousins? See specific wish lists and weigh in with your own thoughts.

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Linking in ebooks: How much is too much?

Linking in ebooks: How much is too much?

Ebook hyperlinks don't always lead to a smooth reading experience.

Ebook producers must decide if the destinations behind embedded links are worth the disruptions they might cause.

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The making of a "minimum awesome product"

The making of a "minimum awesome product"

Flipboard's Evan Doll on design and the importance of being inherently social.

In this podcast, Evan Doll, the co-founder of Flipboard sat down with Joe Wikert to discuss Flipboard's focus on design and social integration.

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Spoiler alert: The mouse dies. Touch and gesture take center stage

Spoiler alert: The mouse dies. Touch and gesture take center stage

The shift toward more natural interfaces requires new thinking and skills.

As touch and gesture evolve from novelty to default, we must rethink how we build software, implement hardware, and design interfaces.

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At its best, digital design is choreography

At its best, digital design is choreography

Liza Daly on why digital design elements should move in concert.

In this brief interview, Threepress Consulting owner Liza Daly tackles a question about formatting content for browser publishing. She says for design to succeed, authors, artists and developers must work together.

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Why an ebook still needs an index

Why an ebook still needs an index

An index in an ebook offers a level of discovery search can't touch.

Why should digital publishers invest in index creation? Because ebooks that give readers efficient ways to access what they need are ebooks that will sell.

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Searching in ebooks: A unique use case that requires a unique approach

Searching in ebooks: A unique use case that requires a unique approach

Ereader search tools need to limit disruption and incorporate web search best practices.

The current crop of ereaders handle ebook searching in a variety of ways — some are useful and creative, some aren’t. Here, Pete Meyers looks at the state of ebook search and how it can be improved.

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Open question: Are ereaders too complex?

Open question: Are ereaders too complex?

The trend toward more ereader features seems to undermine the simplicity of reading.

More and more features appear in new and updated ereader apps and devices. But are those features functional to reading, or are they just extraneous toys that obfuscate the core purpose?

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