Category Archives: Communication

Five elements your local business website must have

When was the last time you visited the website of a small local business? You probably had a question in mind – did the website answer it straight away? Read the full post for a list of five elements every local business website should have.

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Great ramp-up experience on the new Flickr photo page

Flickr have redesigned their photo page and their interactive tour of the new layout and features is exemplary. Read the full post for observations on how Flickr provide a great ramp-up user experience.

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How to name your product, service, or startup

When creating something new it is essential to name it. Whether it’s a product, service, or startup that you’re working on it has to have a name so you can identify it, identify with it and start telling others about it. Read the full post for practical tips on how to get started with naming.

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Keep your memos to one page or less

Ricardo Semler urges us to keep our memos short: “If you really want someone to evaluate a project’s chances, only give them a single page to do it — and make them write a headline that gets to the point, as in a newspaper.” Semler is the CEO of the industrial conglomerate Semco and the author of Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace (1993). Read the full post for more.

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CV and resume pointers for user experience designers

A friend of mine recently wanted to pick my brains on CVs and resumes for User Experience designers. Read the full post for my response with useful pointers to various online resources.

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Write a wiki instead of static documents

Do your projects involve creating “deliverables” that you then hand over to your client? Do you publish these as static documents and regularly send them by email? Have you considered whether this is the best way to capture and deliver the information you want to communicate?

In your next project, try using a wiki instead of writing linear, static documents. Make sure the whole project team has full access and make the wiki the key point of reference when working on the project. Read the full post for more.

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Reinvent your meetings

Do you feel that there are too many meetings filling up your calendar? Do you ever stop to ask yourself what is the purpose of all those meetings?

Read the full post on what we think about meetings and how you can substitute them with with other, more productive tools and techniques.

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