September 21, 2007
Wow, I just registered for an awesome video mail service called Eyejot. Thanks to Buzz Bruggeman for the reference, who I met at Seattle Lunch 2.0! I am extremely impressed with the slick user interface and ease of use. Besides for general person-to-person communication, this type of easy messaging can totally lend itself to corporate internal communications. Eyejot is really getting it right and here are a few highlights.
Embedded instructions – I love the built in text fields instructions in the registration form. It just makes sense, right. Instead of hiding text entry idiosyncrasies of a system from user and expecting training to take care of it (i.e. “don’t enter it this way…enter it this way…), Eyejot takes the high road and embeds it into their user interface, which includes ‘green check marks = good / red captions = bad.’
Snapshot of user registration.
Less is more – With a very clean and streamlined design, it makes composing, sending and receiving video messages simple and fun. With the of absence distracting visual elements and plenty of white space, it allows you to focus on the video message.
Snapshot of Inbox
Snapshot of Message Viewer
September 19, 2007
I just signed on to alpha test LUNARR and I am stoked. It looks like it puts the collaboration back in document management. I must say that I am already impressed with the way they handle embedded quick product tours.
September 7, 2007
Just wanted to give a shout out to IKEA for keeping me (the end user) in mind and their awesome instructional design.
While putting together a new bed for my son, of course the first thing I do, after savagely ripping the cardboard off, is open the instruction manual. Similar to the experience of bring home and opening a new Mac, my first experience from page one is clearly defined, fresh and inspiring. With totally scan-able graphics and the absence of text, I understand where the bed fits into this world. Of course without text, you get rid of the need for language localization…I wonder if that is part of their strategy.
September 1, 2007
Have you seen San Francisco’s Stanley Roberts, man with a camera, which can be seen on the KRON 4, Kyte.tv and YouTube? This seemingly low-fi production, with concise editing quickly captures your interest and a tongue and cheek voice over hits serious points home. Beside having awesome direction and flow, it is also a great example of delivering your content via multiple channels. This form of video journalism will likely pick up momentum as media distribution continues to decentralize.
Stanley patrols the streets of the Bay Area looking for people who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy. His “People Behaving Badly” camera catches people double parking, failing to stop at signals, refusing to yield for pedestrians and much more.