Every now and again I have this problem: I see an ad for a product I’m interested in on a web page just at the same time that I click on a button or link to take me to the next page. I click the back button to go back and see the ad, but the ads are regenerated and the ad that I saw isn’t there any more. Designers who are serious about maximising sales should avoid this happening to their users. When you click back you should see what you saw last time.
Some interesting rules of thumb for user interface design: Visual design rules you can safely follow every time.
One note I want to make for later on is to use #222222 instead of #000000 and #F2F2F2 instead of #FFFFFF.
I’m reading Smarter Faster Better which shows The Engineering Design Process:
Today I discovered 100kgarages.com. Seems like a cool idea. Not sure they’re operating in my area!
This one turned up in my feed today: There’s More to Design Than Data and Rationality. I feel like the author is discovering postmodernism. It made me realise that when people discover things they have the feeling like they’re the first (but they’re probably not).
Some thinking points for service design: Principles & Best practices of REST API Design.
Today I watched: How To Design A Good API and Why it Matters. Good talk. Favourite quote:
Inheritance violates encapsulation
Oh, and I followed on with: A Brief, Opinionated History of the API wherein (t=28:14) Bloch says it’s an API if you can answer yes to both of these:
- Does it provide a set of operations defined by their inputs and outputs?
- Does it admit reimplementation without compromising its users?
Today via Hacker News: 136 facts every web dev should know before they burn out and turn to landscape painting or nude modelling.
Server-routed sites aren’t perfect, but there’s a lot less that can go wrong.
Today via HN: Book Review: A Philosophy of Software Design.