User Experience, Usability and Design links for November 3rd

I bookmark a lot of pages and sites which I find interesting, inspirational and informative every day! I’d like to share some of them with you here. In general they are about user experience, usability, UCD, accessbility and design. In general, but not always!!

  • Designing Objectively | UX Magazine
    It’s a common misconception that art and design are one and the same. But although design can be artful, the process behind it is quite different.<br />
    Artists engage in the manipulation of a particular medium to produce an aesthetic and personal response. Art is valued for its originality and ability to express an idea. Some people get it, some don’t, and that’s okay. Design, on the other hand, must solve a specific problem relative to a particular user or task, and is evaluated simply by how effective it is at solving that problem. If it doesn’t work, then it failed—period.
  • The Creativity Trigger / FINCH
    Our creative thinking is quite dependent on technology and our connection to others. Take a moment to consider to what extent we are connected: Twitter, Facebook, Dribbble, Forrst, blah blah blah… I don’t have to go on. That connection to the community is something we tap into everyday. We rely on it for knowledge and inspiration.
  • Best Practice on Basket Abandonment Emails « RedEye International
    At RedEye we are soon to launch a Benchmarking Report on Behavioural Email Marketing, but one of the standout statistics strikes me as important. According to RedEye’s own research, less than 10% of the top 100 UK e-commerce sites (as defined by Hitwise) currently do basket abandonment email (the research is reassuring, however, because half of those that do are RedEye clients!).
  • Download the cards – Design with Intent Toolkit
    101 Patterns for Influencing Behaviour Through Design
  • The Influence of Fleeting Attraction — PsyBlog
    Compliance to a simple request can be doubled by the most innocent manipulation.
  • Afghanistan, October, 2010 – The Big Picture –

Please do feel free to suggest other related (and unrelated ones)!

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