PigPog: Usability Improvements

Learning from Jakob Nielsen, and improving the usability of the PigPog web site – adding summary sections and clarifying links.

Introduction

I’ve been reading through the old Alertbox columns from Jakob Nielsen’s excellent UseIt web site recently, and trying to apply some of his ideas to PigPog. Jakob is a usability expert, and through his site, passes on a lot of really good, practical advice on how users interact with web sites.

Writing for the web is quite different for writing for print, and Jakob is one of the few people who has really studied this, and is good at applying his own ideas – making his columns very readable. I wanted to try to apply some of the ideas I’ve learned from him to PigPog, hoping to make it a bit easier to use, as there were a few problems with the site as it stood.

sensoryimpact – Future Shack

Future Shack: An Australian Architect’s (Sean Godsell) solution to housing for refugees and the homeless – A house constructed from a recycled shipping container outfitted with a minimum of industrial materials, and maintained by solar power, the Future Shack can easily be created within 24 hours.

Nice design, and a great idea.

undercity

undercity: “The primary content of this site is photography of underground or unknown sites in New York. There are also some Stories and Research about various facets of history and adventure in New York.”

Some interesting photos – worth a bit of a browse.

Via Metafilter.

Weird Foods from around the World

Weird Foods from around the World: “Nearly every culture invents a food that is weird or disgusting to outsiders. These are cultural markers that show who’s a member (they like it) and who’s not a member (they gag.) Maybe a group of kids started eating it on a dare and at some point, everyone in the community accepts it. They then perpetuate it (perpetrate it) on the next generation. Then they nudge each other and laugh when foreigners gasp.”

There’s people out there eating spiders. Ew.

Via Metafilter.

Cass Brown’s Blog

cancergiggles.blog-city.com: “Radio and Chemo was a breeze as already discussed. A bit inconvenient because they refused to replace the bottle of 5FU (chemo) with malt whisky on my occasional days off but there’s more than one way to skin a cat.”