Broadcast worthy!

May 29, 2007

We are in a era of self propogation, through blogs, social networking sites and lots and lots of other amazing things. So the web is now really empowering you with self expression mediums. With video broadcasting – its totally gone to the extreme. You can actually configer a television channel for free!. The applications are immense. I see a channel coming up from every corner of the earth, talking about argiculture, politics, education, amatuer bands and god know what else.

So here i have a few application that let you do just that and maybe even more,

  •  You tube and google
  •  Moghulus

please do let me know of other web 2.0 apps you come across in the same line.  

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“Why would i do that”, there are many apps that are so innovative and out of normal line, that you wonder. Anyways here is my list of some amazing apps that i have come across.

voki.com
Vocalize yourself, this web site offers flash based talking characters that let you record stuff and then send it across to friends. There are multiple ways in which you can record, either using the in-build typer or you can call a number and record yourself.
Why would i do that: Unless i really want to impress my friends with an out of the way wish, or maybe send a wish in a different language :

shopalize
THE joy of shouting out to the world, what i just brought.
Why would i do that: I promise my first ferarri will be listed out there until then its for shopoholicks and the neat bargainers.

unpackd
How often do you not know what’s in the box. Well maybe when its a gift from someone. unpackd collects information about what everybody found in the box.
Why would i do that: Am really happy about something i got. But with needs for registration and all that i still wonder why.

pictogame
Definately an addictive experience. Pictogame lets you upload your pics and convert them into some amazing games and puzzles. And then invite friends to a fun with the pics.
Why would i do that: Its the fun part of the games themselves. Maybe a popular thing already in the teenage generation.

For the readers:
if you wish to add any other applications that are out of the normal, please let me know by adding a comment to the post

web 2.0 App reviews

May 28, 2007

For someday’s now i have been out researching web application to help plan my pet project. The research helped me a learn a lot of fabulous things of how people are today building applications.  These are  differently way apart from the  anything  i have seen before both in quality and variety. So why not share more of this stuff on the blog!

The usual hickup designers and user researchers face in wake of validating interface design is getting an environment that will behave like the actual application. Until now i used to think this was almost impossible. Imagine data getting transported from one page to another seemlessly. The most we could do was use xml to display large chunks of data and thats about it.

Enter hidden frame technique and arrays!,
I was in a class room listening to all the jargon in AJAX, when someone wrestled the word hidden frame to my dormant brain. They said hidden frame was the in thing before ajax was on the sunrise. Ahhh…. the concept, use a frame to retrieve and send data while the visible frame provides the reassurance of one major metaphor (). So the next time somebody posed the challenge of sending one form values to the next, i considered looking at a hidden frame.

The problem definition: we need a prototype that functions Like the actual application. One complete medical apps that can take patient details across the prototype and give the idea to stakeholders how the thing is going to work.

Approaches used, sending variable through url etc etc. The most decent solution. An uncompromising tinge of HIdden frame scripting supported by the almighty javascript and yes the arrays. Its so easy to retrieve and display values this way. And now that i have learnt i would like to share. I am off developing a prototyping framework that can make sending data across forms a child play. Cheers to myself.

The story so far..

March 22, 2007

In my few years of professional life i have crossed many domains and fields. Each time acquiring newer strengths and capabilities that complement my role as a communications professional. I began my en devour with Graphic design including advertising and tough ass multimedia and elearning. This gave me strong understanding of corporate branding, conceptualization and eye pleasing photoshop work.

That was not enough so i travelled and got deeper into interaction designer. Learning the ropes of usability and user experience. This paid handsomely as i got to design some really cool application ground up. from Internet to desktop to mobile apps. That was all hunky dory when the vicious technology pulled me in its wake. I consulted for small apps design. But remain awfully short of ever programming even a little bit on my own.

Now i am again on the footsteps of change, as i proceed towards javascripting. It was tuff, crazy and not so cool a thing too do. looking at how +++ and — makes sense never apealed to me, though logic did. As usual i was put in a spot and got a hang of it. And now i feel all so cool looking and code and for the first time writing some elegant stuff all on my own.

Okay the sense in writing this post. I am going to write a few post on scripting, cross browser coding, coding complainces etc etc …

Why great ideas fail

February 5, 2007

I have often come across magazine, blogs, seminars with the screaming new idea that you missed. Something that might take the world with storm. And then a revisit after a few years find these very ideas waiting for some kind of rejuvenation

Is it got something to do with great promises made in haste. Is it about one techology replacing the other and yet standing weak in front of the next great promise. 

This was a great discussion topic among a few philospher techno wizard friends of mine. I find questioning a great way of learning and revisiting topics that otherwise seem clear. We dwelved on the dot com boom. Why it turned into such a sudden and global disaster.  Read the rest of this entry »

From usability perspective, Surveys and Questionnaires are tools used to enlist information from users for evaluating or collecting design input for a task, process or system (” A questionnaire is a method for the elicitation, and recording, and collecting of information -Jurek Kirakowski, Questionnaires in Usability Engineering”). Questionnaires and surveys hold importance since these provide qualitative and quantitive information in the exact format the evaluator plans.

All said, dobt regarding validity of questionnaires are often raised. Are questionnaires effective tools?

  • How accurate can a questionaire or survey be for design input,
    Should we use questionnaire/ survey methods to drive design input. Most of the time design input is driven by facts. Quesitonnaires and feedback elicitation methods can often err by saying something that might be a lot about background noise rather than actual task.
  • The yes or NO likert scale – why does it really mean to users,
    In a brainstroming excercize i conducted users acknowledged thier answers actually meant – They are positive, negative or indifferent (score randomly to get rid of the form)
  • Should questionaires have other formats of data entry,
    It might almost sound like putting words in the users mouth, but what if questions were designed to input pre-defined choices instead of 1 – 10/ Hate love matrix
  • My Experience,
    Questionnaires were one of the most despicable thing for me as a student, as an applicant for services. The max i could enter in a form with good detail of attention was about 4 questions, after that urgency to complete and get 0ut of it took over.

    Thankfully I don’t come across questionnaires that often. A few days back i got an oppurtunity to fill a quesitonaire, i was glad that it gave me an opportunity to experience the phenomenom as a user – after long long time. I filled atleast 10 pages and finally left mid-way dis-oriented.

    Resources – Questionaire,