Space Between Words

Aug 12, 2008
Splendor of the Word by Jeff Tabaco

There seems to be a growing trend in the web community to remove spaces between words.  The fact that domain names cannot have spaces further complicates the matter.

Take a look at 20 more unfortunate domain names and you can see the kind of confusion and unanticipated consequences that occur as a result.  By the way, domains can have the dash character (-) and subdomains allow the period (.) character, sometimes for interesting stylish effects (del.ico.us now delicious and script.aculo.us). More...

Does Shading On Tables Improve Readability?

Jul 14, 2008

Jessica Enders has an interesting article at A List Apart on Zebra Striping: Does it Really Help?

Her main points considered are does it increase accuracy, or speed.  The raw statistics don't show anything statistically significant.  The readers did report a 46% preference for zebra striping, but 36% said they didn't care.

I believe that anything that improves the readability, or visual appeal of information is going to be helpful to users.  I also believe that with wider screens and more space between columns, the striping is more helpful. More...

Visual Communication

Jun 19, 2008

It often takes so much effort to gather data in the first place that we rarely take the time to put the data into a visual form. If we take the time to present information visually though, it can have a much greater impact on recognition, retention and comprehension. More...

Focus Causes Change Blindness

Jan 25, 2008

Focus or stress causes us to overlook things we would normally notice (inattentional blindness).  When people focus too much on one thing, people don't notice other changes.  Take the video example below that illustrates this example.  There are five changes that occur during this video. More...

Communication Illusions

Jan 23, 2008

Every sense we use to communicate with can be tricked, or confused into perceiving things that don't exist and not perceiving things that do exist.  Our senses are good at what they do, but have limitations and adaptations that work for or against us in a certain way.  If we know the limitations, we can better compensate using other techniques. More...

What Is Heard Is Not What Is Said

Dec 29, 2007

In the days of global development teams, communication can be difficult.  It's what the recipient hears that is more important than what the communicator says.

What was said:

I believe in you. Love, Mose

What was heard:

I be leaving you. Love, Mose.

The next time you communicate with your team members, get them to repeat what they understood in their words.  It's better to straighten out any misunderstandings up front than to let things go misunderstood. More...