10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
July 15, 2012 – 6:44 pm | One Comment

Even more sites that try to bank you from linking to them in the terms. Make it stop.

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But what if you have greasy, dirty, thinning, quiffed hair?
October 3, 2010 – 10:58 pm | 5 Comments
But what if you have greasy, dirty, thinning, quiffed hair?

The government has a form that allows you to report a benefit thief online. I would LOVE to have been in the meeting where they came up with the options in the dropdown menus ....
Hair: ...

Information Commissioner: please redesign your stupid form
November 19, 2009 – 3:53 pm | No Comment
Information Commissioner: please redesign your stupid form

The Information Commissioner's Office webform is a joke - the validation is awful. Also, they seem to have confused the internet with email.

Web page word counts: reading vs linking
October 20, 2009 – 9:39 am | 4 Comments
Web page word counts: reading vs linking

I thought it was interesting to compare two graphs as they seem to go in opposite directions:

SEOmoz's new one on the relationship between word count and the likelihood of people linking to you
Nielsen's ...

Has Google redesigned the header of its results page (for the worse)?
September 5, 2009 – 9:08 am | 10 Comments
Has Google redesigned the header of its results page (for the worse)?

Google seems to have redesigned the header section of its results page, removing the links to other types of search (web, images, news, blogs etc) and removing the ability to sign in.

A wireframe for a new Express homepage
August 13, 2009 – 10:36 pm | 2 Comments
A wireframe for a new Express homepage

The Express has a new homepage beta. I was rude about it on Twitter today. I thought I should be more constructive. So here's a wireframe for an alternative.

The idea is that the 4 main areas - each dedicated to one of the Express's obsessions - pull in content from around the web (including the Express's own) in real time and link to it.

UX tweeters- now with added bios
August 4, 2009 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

If you liked the list of user-experience twitterers that Done Bright put together, you may have wished, like me, that you could see the bios / description of each account. Well, I've played around with the Twitter API, and now you can!

Five changes I’d make to the new Web User beta design
July 29, 2009 – 11:11 pm | No Comment
Five changes I’d make to the new Web User beta design

Five changes I'd make to the new Web User beta design. Well, they did ask ...

New design trend: Logos that change to show you they’re a ‘home’ link
July 3, 2009 – 1:30 pm | 8 Comments
New design trend: Logos that change to show you they’re a ‘home’ link

Three's a trend. And five's a default. Four examples of sites whose logo is a link to the homepage - and who make this abundantly clear by changing the image on mouseover.

ABCe: please sort out your terrible website (again)
June 24, 2009 – 10:36 pm | One Comment
ABCe: please sort out your terrible website (again)

In March, I appealed to the Audit Bureau of Circulations to sort out its terrible ABCe website. It's had a redesign. Here's a list of its latest problems.

ITV shows why websites for mobiles are RUBBISH
June 23, 2009 – 9:42 am | 2 Comments
ITV shows why websites for mobiles are RUBBISH

I hate mobile versions of websites. And ITV's dismal mobile site demonstrates why.

Login designs: the 9 worst ones and where to find good examples
June 11, 2009 – 6:51 pm | 11 Comments
Login designs: the 9 worst ones and where to find good examples

Here's a round up of bad or hard to use login designs and functions - things to avoid if you ever sort your login out.

BUSTED: bing defender is Microsoft employee – and have they deleted my post on bing’s usability from bing?
June 6, 2009 – 7:43 am | 6 Comments
BUSTED: bing defender is Microsoft employee – and have they deleted my post on bing’s usability from bing?

Microsoft seem to have reacted badly to my post on the usability of bing - someone left a comment defending it without revealing they were a Microsoft employee (which is illegal in the UK). And they've either manually deleted the post from the bing search results or it's taken them more than 4 days to index it ...!

12 ways bing is an absolute usability disaster
June 2, 2009 – 9:59 pm | 14 Comments
12 ways bing is an absolute usability disaster

bing is a usability disaster - confusing links allied to unusable functionality. And is it called bing or Bing - make your mind up Microsoft.

On the usability of taps and the lessons for web design
May 20, 2009 – 8:51 pm | 12 Comments
On the usability of taps and the lessons for web design

A review of the usability of taps - avoiding arrest for getting my camera out in public toilets and showers - in order to see what lessons the design of everyday objects can tell us about web design.

Apostrophe usage: get them right to avoid wasting a Twitter character
May 1, 2009 – 2:36 pm | No Comment
Apostrophe usage: get them right to avoid wasting a Twitter character

With a 140-character limit, avoiding unnecessary apostrophes could make the difference between your tweet fitting ... and not (this is no excuse not to include an apostrophe when you should).

Content carousels reviewed: Yahoo loses, Sky wins
April 30, 2009 – 11:31 pm | 5 Comments
Content carousels reviewed: Yahoo loses, Sky wins

Carousels (sliders as they're sometimes known) are a good way to promote several items of content without using up too much space on your homepage.

Here's a roundup of sites using them - and how successful I think they are. Having studies several, I think the best ones.

Newspaper sites: PLEASE improve your readability
April 20, 2009 – 12:35 pm | 6 Comments
Newspaper sites: PLEASE improve your readability

Newspaper websites are failing in some obvious ways to make their stories readable. Too many are using small fonts, long off-putting paragraphs, no subheadings, no in-content boxes or pictures, and no in-content links.