Indi Young, co-founder of strategic design firm Adaptive Path, spoke at Yahoo! earlier this month to introduce her new book, Mental Models. Subtitled "Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior," Indi's book explores the reasons for different user behaviors and provides practical guidance for designers, developers, product managers, and everyone else involved in the creation of useful, engaging products. You can also find a collection of images from the book on Flickr.
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- Chris Heilmann | YDN Blog – Wed, Apr 16, 2008 2:57 AM EDT
Initially 13, then 14, and now 34 performance best practices have been released. As promised, we've updated our pages to include details on each of these new rules. The rules will gradually find their way into YSlow, at least those that are testable. Huge thanks goes out to all those at Yahoo! who helped identify, validate and test the new best practices, and especially to our very own Stoyan Stefanov who put it all together. Stoyan Stefanov is part of the Exceptional Performance team and also the lead developer for YSlow.
We hope you'll find some interesting ideas to help you accelerate the user experience on your pages today. Any comments and feedback appreciated. Let's make the web a better place!
Yahoo! Exceptional Performance
The Thingfo widget and API system enables successful websites to activate users, embed activity and community on their sites, and publish to the next generation of social networks. MyBlogLog's Ian Kennedy sat with ThingFo's Mike Grishaver who gave us a little screencast.
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For many years, free and open source software was exclusively associated with the research community, in contrast to the closed source products developed by commercial software vendors. Yahoo! recently invited Tom Wasserman to give a keynote talk that describes the emergence of open source business, focusing on the growing commercialization of open source and offers some predictions for future directions related to the business of open source.
A bunch of Yahoos attended the Evans Data developer relations conference over the last couple of days.
Our very own Jeremy Zawodny talked about "Appealing to Laziness and Impatience" -
"Larry Wall, the father of the Perl scripting language, has often said that the three virtues of a good programmer are laziness, impatience, and hubris. In this talk, we'll look at how some of Yahoo's offerings have been successful without any sort of monetization plan. They're freely available, easy to use, and incredibly useful. In other words, they're great for the lazy and impatient."
Attendees also heard about the ways various companies are nurturing their developer communities. There seems to be a whole range of types of program out there, from the well-funded corporate marketing machines to skunk-works efforts just getting off the ground.
On the morning of the second day, we saw Archbishop Desmond Tutu checking into the hotel. Sadly he wasn't there to hear Jeremy, but toRead More »from Developer Relations Conference
Several folks from Yahoo!s user experience design (UED) organization are heading out to Miami to present at the 9th annual IA Summit, April 10-14, 2008. IA, which stands for Information Architecture, is the art and science of organizing and labeling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability. (Definition from the IA Institute.)
This years talks are programmed around the theme "Experiencing Information." I'm interested to see how the scheduled content of the summit has fleshed out from the original proposals I read many months ago as a conference reviewer.
Three designers from YDN --Christian Crumlish, Erin Malone (me), Lucas Pettinati--will teach a pre-conference workshop on Thursday April 10.
Design patterns: from interaction to design to buildRead More »from IA Summit Bound
In this workshop we'll teach attendees how to identify and write interaction design patterns, build and curate a design pattern library, and map patterns to a code library. Finally, we will show how to create
Last Friday and Saturday I went to the Over The Air conference which was a lot of fun. When a hack event or conference focuses on a narrow section of technology it can really be a sign of how vibrant a community is. With over 250 participants Over the Air showed that the London mobile scene is really happening right now.
It seems like we are starting to set a trend. Whenever we bring Fire Eagle to a hack event the fire alarms go off. Talk about a hot product! Like London Hack Day, Over the Air had to be evacuated for a while. Happily it was a nice day and everyone chilled out on the lawn to chat about ideas.
On Friday night Yahoo threw a little bash to celebrate the hacking going on, with lots of hackers staying overnight there was plenty of activity. The DJ cut a pretty tune late into the night while the hacking started upstairs.
There were more talks on Saturday including Steve Marshall talking about Fire Eagle. Steve wrote the Fire Eagle Python API wrapper and was well versed toRead More »from Over the Air – Burning down the place
- Chris Heilmann | YDN Blog – Sun, Apr 6, 2008 8:58 PM EDT
The last weekend the Social Innovation Camp in London, England had several development teams battling for support for their projects, all of which trying to solve a real life social problem with web technologies. At the end two of these projects won some start capital but everyone involved got a lot of experience crossing boundaries of IT and social working.Read More »from The Social Innovation Camp London is over – winners announced
- Chris Heilmann | YDN Blog – Fri, Apr 4, 2008 10:06 AM EDT
Yesterday the Highland Fling conference in Edinburgh, Scotland had about 100 delegates in plush leather seats waiting to learn about "The Browser and Beyond".Read More »from The browser and beyond – that was Highland Fling 2008