In Minnesota, they are currently recounting the ballots in the Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken. As part of the process, they are re-analyzing thousands of ballots that were discarded during the initial optical-scan machine count due to problems with the ballots themselves — usually stray marks and incompletely-filled-in dots. Usually, a human … Continue reading Voter Intent / User Behavior
John Gruber invites public ridicule to the UI design of this file renaming application. And yes, it certainly looks terrible, like a stereotypical case study in haphazard, bloated, bad UI design. But is the UI design really that bad? I’m not so sure. As someone who has had to do all manner of complex and … Continue reading How Bad is Bad?
If you’re in NYC this Thursday, you should come to see From Sketching to Experience, the first of Liz Danzico‘s Dot Dot Dot series of small, informal (and free) lectures. These lectures are the ramp-up to SVA’s new MFA in Interaction Design program. I’ll be one of the speakers this Thursday, and am also going … Continue reading Talking about Sketching about Interacting
This is a website Behavior made for the Smithsonian’s American Museum of National History during the 2004 Presidential election campaign. It is the web companion for Vote: The Machinery of Democracy, an exhibition of artifacts from America’s long and colorful history of voting technologies. It was a fascinating physical exhibition. And I’m still proud of … Continue reading Vote: The Machinery of Democracy
Last night was the second U.S. Presidential Debate. One of my favorite new election-based interactive user experiences (in addition to CNN’s approval graphs and CNN’s magic wall) is Twitter’s election.twitter.com. Here’s a sample of what you would have seen during last night’s debate: TechCrunch reviewed this site last week. Here’s their review in its entirety: … Continue reading Twittering the Election
One thing that’s been fun about watching the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates on CNN is that you get to also watch a scrolling EKG-like graph of how viewers are actually responding to what is being shown. The methodology appears to involve a live audience, selected by CNN, to manipulate some sort of control that … Continue reading Graphing the Debates