PDF's are a Pain in the Butt

PDF’s are a Pain in the ButtLiteracy Weblog) On WebWord, I found a link to a PDF advocate’s lame critique of Jakob Nielsen. It’s an attempt to sidestep Nielsen’s usabilty observations by mounting an ad hominem attack. It’s becoming fashionable to pick on Jakob Nielsen these days, due to his visibility and the shift in his website towards self-promotion, but for the record, I do think PDF’s are a pain…

Report Review: Nielsen/Norman Group's Usability Return on Investment

“Although it does make a reasonable anecdotal case for investing in usability, the report methodology is so fundamentally flawed that any financial analyst worth her salt would immediately question its findings. Very simply, the authors do not make a strong business case for usability?a requirement for passing the muster with the accountants and senior managers who have ultimate accountability for profit and loss in a business.” Peter Merholz and Scott…

The Problem with FX

“In the visual-effects community, ILM’s Hulk was seen as a major achievement: the life in the creature’s eyes, the way light played naturally off its skin, its synthesis into its surroundings, all were deemed first-rate. Film critics, however, panned not only the movie but ILM’s work. The monster didn’t look real. Case closed.” Devin Gordon –The Problem with FX (M$NBC) Hollywood’s waste of technology is following the same path worn by…

Face It

“Is the skeleton still hiding in the closet as it should, Is the needle in the haystack, are the trees still in the wood? Is the worm still in the apple, are you merrier if more, Are the birds still in the bushes and the wolf yet at the door?” Jim Eccleston –Face It (The Electric Eclectic) Jim writes in praise \Of trite cliches.