Archive for the 'Fact of the Day' Category

Surf the web to be better at your job: Web surfing aids productivity

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 25th, 2011

Do you surf the web at work? Perhaps you sneak in a bit of surfing time between hard tasks or when boredom hits. A recent research study suggests that surfing the web may actually help you be more productive at work! Don J.Q. Chen and Vivien K.G Lim, of the National University of Singapore, presented […]

If you are not using Twitter and your audience is younger, female, urban, minority and/or tech enthusiasts, you are missing out. People in these categories are more likely to use Twitter. So tweet to them! In addition, about 8% of US adults use Twitter, so this is a great way to reach a non-insignificant number […]

The Battle Between Books and E-Books: Winner be both?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 22nd, 2011

The death of print books has been predicted for at least 20 years. In my classes where we discuss writing and technology a hot debate, and hot since I was taking these classes in the late 90s, is whether digital technology will be the end of print books, as discussed for instance by Coover in […]

Need help selecting a typeface?: Type flow chart

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on May 18th, 2010

Now that my document design class is over, I’ll probably post fewer typography based posts and more on social media and the web. But for now, here is one more. This flow chart provides fun, clever, and a bit snarky at times advice on selecting a typeface for many different reasons. I quite enjoy choosing […]

Internet use around the world: 21.3%

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 26th, 2010

Ever wonder how many people around the world or in particular countries use the Internet? This handy resource by Google provides a graph over time (1990-2007), allowing you to see and compare Internet users as percentage of population for a variety of countries. You can select by check boxes from a long list of countries […]

Giving a little to get a lot: Charities and Social Media

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on November 5th, 2009

What do charities do better than fortune 500 companies? They blog more and make greater use of social networking media. Perhaps this is not too surprising, but it is interesting… According to this study by Barnes and Mattson, completed in 2008, 89% of charities (or 89% of the 200 largest charities according to used […]

So everyone is an Author now?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 31st, 2009

With blogs, twitter, social networking sites, is everyone a writer or better yet, an author now? No, but according to Pelli & Bigelow in A Writing Revolution , everyone will be an author in 2013. Yes, in just four short years everyone will be an author. Get ready to read! A lot! The idea behind […]

Usability Salaries 2009 (Or I am not making enough!)

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 8th, 2009

The Usability Professionals’ Association surveys the salaries and other career facts of usability professionalse every so often. The findings for 2009 are up and interesting. The quick summary is: most of people are making far more than us pre-tenure folks who teach usability. But then, I knew that. Here are some other interesting facts: The […]

Why do people listen to podcasts?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 7th, 2009

In my second to last post, I discussed who listenes to podcasts, thanks to research by Edison. In the same study, the researchers also studies the reasons people listen. Reasons people listen/watch podcasts: 35% because they can listen/watch whenever (time-shifted) 15% because the content not available elsewhere 13% because they can listen/watch wherever (location-shifted) 13% […]

Screen Space 8: Length, Contrast, Alignment, and Critique

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 3rd, 2008

In episode 8 of Screen Space 8: Length, Contrast, Alignment, and Critique Welcome to Screen Space your podcast about creating usable, accessible, effective, and efficient web, blog, and new media design for the everyday (and non-expert) designer. It is August 3, 2008, and this is Episode 8 of Screen Space: Length, Contrast, Alignment, and Critique. […]

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