- Nudge Policies Are Another Name for Coercion (New Scientist) — This points to the key problem with “nudge” style paternalism: presuming that technocrats understand what ordinary people want better than the people themselves. There is no reason to think technocrats know better, especially since Thaler and Sunstein offer no means for ordinary people to comment on, let alone correct, the technocrats’ prescriptions. This leaves the technocrats with no systematic way of detecting their own errors, correcting them, or learning from them. And technocracy is bound to blunder, especially when it is not democratically accountable. Take heed, all you Gov 2.0 wouldbe-hackers. (via BoingBoing)
- Country Selector — turns a dropdown into an autocomplete field where available. Very nice! (via Chris Shiflett)
- Ebook Users Wanted — Pew Internet & American Life project looking at ebooks, looking for people who use ebooks and tablet readers in libraries.
- The Public Library, Complete Reimagined (KQED) — the Fayetteville public library is putting in a fab lab. [L]ibraries aren’t just about books. They are about free access to information and to technology — and not just to reading books or using computers, but actually building and making things. (via BoingBoing)
ENTRIES TAGGED "user experience"
New regulations could mark the end of proprietary finance.
Author Rachel Hinman on the future of mobile design and UX.
Smart data scientists can make big problems small.
Mike Brittain on the resilient user experience.
A failure in secondary content doesn't need to take down an entire website. Here, Etsy's Mike Brittain explains how to build resilience into UIs and allow for graceful failures.
The DoJ sues Apple and five major publishers, Yahoo files patents to put ads in ebooks, and B&N one-ups Amazon.
Amazon does a happy dance as five of the Big Six publishers and Apple are sued by the DoJ. Elsewhere, Yahoo looks to increase revenues with ebook ads, and B&N lights up its Nook.
Louis Rosenfeld says a good reading experience is shaped by everyone involved.
In this video interview, Louis Rosenfeld, publisher at Rosenfeld Media, LLC, says ownership of the digital reading user experience is shared between authors, publishers, device manufacturers and readers.
EBay for iPad lets you make offers based on the TV program you're watching.
The new Watch with eBay function within eBay's iPad app shows products related to whatever television program you're viewing. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)
Technocracy's Blind Spot, Progressive Enhancement, Libraries and ebooks, and Library Fablab
Flurry's Sean Byrnes on mobile metrics and tablet apps vs phone apps.
Flurry's CTO Sean Byrnes discusses app life cycles, the specifics of user engagement, and the difference between smartphone apps and tablet apps.
Oliver Reichenstein on digital screens and the user experience.
There are more open questions and unresolved issues than solutions when it comes to digital screens and user experience, says Oliver Reichenstein of iA, Inc. In this interview, he addresses some of the major UX issues, talks about why iA Writer works and highlights some larger issues behind online news revenue problems.