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Help – I need more questions

I can’t write up one question & answer a day this coming week, because I only received 2 questions. So – your product design / marketing / interaction design marketing questions. I needs them! I know that sometimes coming up with a question out of the blue is hard and weird because you don’t know […]

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a special offer!

Hey guys. So amidst all this talk about splitting up my blog, etc., etc., etc… there’s something I forgot to mention. And it looks something like this: I can hear your shocked Inner Voice now: That’s a… that’s an ebook cover! Right in one! JavaScript Performance Expertise Coming Your Way Thomas and I have periodically […]

My blog’s splitting up: It’s not you, it’s me. No, really. It’s me. And me. And me…

Ladies and gentlemen, my blog is going through a split. Not a divorce. But a split. My topics just… need some space, you know? The Case Slash7, as it stands currently, is an undifferentiated mishmash of stuff. You can’t come to my site and see what it is that I do. Or rather, you see […]

You ask, I answer: Round 1

I’m trying something new here at Slash7. To put it simply: I’m taking your questions! Next week, I will answer one marketing (pimpin’) / product design / interaction design / graphic design question a day, right here on slash7. You should ask me about your site colors, or a tough usability problem you’re having, how […]

If you ask me, we can all use more meat metaphors

Found Kelly’s blog from her comment on the previous article. To wit: Strategy and focus provide juicy steak in times of economic gristle. Trying to please everyone is wasteful, like giving heavy whipping cream to a dog. The dog gets a stomachache, you regret it later. Of course, if you read between the lines, you […]

Two excellent, free, design ebooks

Whoa. There must be something in the water. The Vignelli Canon Major “whoa” on this one. It oozes quality & love for the subject. Broken into two parts, The Intangibles (semantics, syntactics, pragmatics—philosophical design nerdy) and The Tangibles (paper sizes, grids, type sizes, texture, etc.), it totals a whopping 96 pages. It’s one to savor. […]

Pricing your consulting: You’re doing it wrong

I’ve been consulting for almost 11 years. Yeah, that long! I made every damn mistake in the book, but I’m also an obsessive research-and-testin’ fool and I know I’ve become a better consultant than almost anyone else. Since 2009 is allegedly the year of the world’s biggest economic clusterfuck, I thought it’d be a perfect […]

Are you human? How CAPTCHA asks the wrong question & solves nothing

I hate spam. I also hate CAPTCHAs. Spam’s not just an issue for web site / app / email consumers, although it’s a major annoyance. It’s a huge problem for developers and those who run the services. While you might get 50 spams a day, say, the problem is that the servers used in the […]

Do "interesting details" really hurt learning?

Overcoming Bias has a little post that, for the most part, quotes the findings of a study on how “interesting details” affect learning. The researchers found that “interesting details” decreased the student’s understanding (transfer), while not affecting the student’s memory (retention) of what they read/watched. Case 1 was video trying to teach about how a […]

New Cheat Sheet: Jump Start Ecommerce

I asked y’all what you’d like to see a cheat sheet on for Ruby Advent; Lakshan, Ruby Advent Guy, started off a number of requests for ActiveMerchant. You ask, I deliver. Well, maybe over-deliver is more accurate. To the tune of 7 pages of content, ranging from the overall CC processing “life cycle” (cue Lion […]

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