Mark Hurst, User Experience expert and author of the new book, Bit Literacy is hosting a seminar and reader meet-up in NYC this coming Wednesday, May 23rd. The seminar is $40, and includes a copy of the book. Unfortunately, I get into the city too late for the seminar, but Iâ€™m hoping to make it to the meet-up later in the evening. Let me know (via the spiffy new contact page) if youâ€™re planning to be there, and we can meet-up!
Itâ€™s always nice when a something comes out that backs up something youâ€™ve been asserting on your own for ages, especially when that thing seems to be common sense. According to eyetracking data from a recent study, numerals (27) catch userâ€™s attention more than words of the same meaning (twenty-three). Things that are ‘out of placeâ€™ (numerals) always stand out from their environment (words), so it makes perfect sense that the same should be true for text. This is a concept Iâ€™ve tried to incorporate into my designs for a while now, and I think it really does make a big difference in helping users glean useful information from content.
Produced by the San Francisco Symphony, Keeping Score is a project designed to,
show that classical music can speak to everyone and instill a lifelong love of music through the use of pervasive media.
Part of the Keeping Score initiative are interactive flash websites showcasing selected classical masterpieces, and the history and music theory behind them. The works of Aaron Copland, Beethovenâ€™s Eroica, and Stravinskyâ€™s Rite of Spring are brought to life through companion sites featuring embedded audio and video, as well as interactive musical notation, wrapped up with an elegant design.