Great analysis of the UX mechanics of “click here” and suggestions for better web vocabulary to get your point across.
I’ll use this for teaching writing for websites.
Really interesting - thanks for sharing. We’ve been doing labelling in Information Architecture, so this is particularly relevant.
If you’re interested in IA and way finding, check out Ambient Findability by Peter Morville - one of the best tech books I’ve read. http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596007652.do
This is the lemur book. :) I read the polar bear book, but thought the lemur was better.
I love Peter Morville so much. Nerdy fangirling?
Peter Morville wrote Ambiant Findability, one of the text books for my Principles of Searching Class this past semester. I’ve been known for reading text books for fun since elementary school, but this was honestly one of the most fun, interesting, and readable I’ve ever encountered.
What is ambiant findability? According to the text:
“Ambiant findability describes a fast emerging world where we can find anyone or anything from anywhere at anytimes. We’re not there yet, but we’re headed in the right direction. Information is in the air, literally. And it changes our minds, physically. Most importantly, findability invests freedom in the individual. As the Web challenges mass media with a media of the masses, we will enjoy and unprecedented ability to select our sorces and choose our news. In my opinion, findability is going ambiant, just in time.”
Morville’s blog is just as engaging. Check it out.
A Softer World: 731
(I don’t see how my excuse can be your problem.)
The most recent Softer World may or may not be a reference to The Wind Blows Backward by Mary Downing Hahn, which was probably one of my favorite books in early middle school. I think I gave it away when I got back from college and overhauled my book shelves. Shame on me. I didn’t remember the title or author right away but it’s the second hit if you google “ya book motorcycle accident,” which is wigging with my brain since I’ve been reading Peter Morville’s Ambient Findability all day. Also, TWBB is the book that first got me into Walt Whitman… if I recall correctly.