Inefficient: Facebook – Rearranging the Home Page Side Bar

Now added to my "Inefficient" Web Commentary* series is Facebook.  Facebook recently underwent a design change that caused quite the uproar with its users (not that it stops them from using the service, but like the current theme, we do somehow seem okay with living life with a marginal amount of dysfunction and a healthy dose of hope - or ability to complain).   In any case, this series will just be about things I think would make Facebook work more efficiently.  We will start with something Read more [...]

Inefficient: User Interfaces Part 1 – E-mail

Lately I've been bothered by inefficient user interfaces (perhaps it's just a theme lately given my "dysfunctional functioning" post previously). My job is web-based and I understand - to a degree - that some things are hard to change and takes some some time to program. But format and text are perhaps some of the easiest things we can offer to the user. My first example in this series of posts will be business e-letters. Letters that have important information, but don't easily convey to the user exactly what s/he wants to know are inefficient and confusing. An electronic billing statement is a great example for variability in bad and good design. Read more [...]

Dysfunction Function: The World on a Wheelchair

The other day I was heading home on the 7th/Metro station when this slightly heavyset woman in a wheelchair with a brown poodle-type dog on a leash asked for my help. Now, when people usually ask for my help on public transit, it's about asking me directions - what bus line to take, what direction the train is, etc. This request was not that at all. Read more [...]

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