Archive for the 'Kudos' Category

Social Media: Do your part to win the war

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 26th, 2011

For those of us networking, communicating, liking, tweeting, +ing, and so on on various social media, we may feel like we are in something of a war. Which social media is winning? Which is/are winning the battle? Which are/is winning the war? Many of us have accounts on essentially dead social media (MySpace anyone?). I […]

How is user-centered design like making cat food?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 15th, 2011

Can you satisfy the cat? The users? Describing usability and user-centered design to almost anyone who doesn’t work near the field is difficult. This includes not only the stranger trying to strike up a conversation on the plane, but also the companies powers that be in companies where user-centered designers are employed. However, in less […]

Designing for the stars: The design of the final shuttle flight crew patch STS-135

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 14th, 2011

I’ve often joked that I would love to design wine labels as a job. But I think an even cooler job would be to be the designer of the shuttle crew patches for the shuttle missions. In honor of the last NASA Shuttle launch, and because I think it is a pretty good design, I […]

Magical visual design from ~100 years ago

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 28th, 2011

What is 137 years old, carries a bit of Victorian aesthetics, and can get out of anything? Houdini, of course. In March, Google celebrated Houdini’s 137 birthday with a doodle. The funky and fun thing about the doodle is that Google drew on Houdini’s show posters for the design, giving us a peek into late […]

Which type are you? Well-designed and fun quiz

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 29th, 2010

One of my students sent me a link to this quiz on “which type are you.” Not only did I enjoy it from a type geek perspective, but also from a design perspective. The video quiz flows nicely, uses visual verbal rhetoric well, and has a clear personality. It is cleverly designed. I quite enjoyed […]

Viacom: “fair use works for us”

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 8th, 2010

In this interesting follow-up story by ARS, Viacom, owners of Comedy Central, support the fair use of video clips by bloggers. In an earlier report by Hollywood Reporter, it appeared Viacom was going to go after bloggers who posted slips of the Daily Show or Colbert Report. But this was wrong. According to Jeremy Zweig […]

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 […]

This Airline Safety Video that should make people watch

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 30th, 2009

As a fairly frequent passenger on airlines, I have often spent the safety demonstration time thinking about how they can make it better. Very few people watch the flight attendants when they do the talk and few seem to watch the new videos some planes have. As a technical communicator, I see this as a […]

Kudos to Google for User-Centered Video

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 20th, 2007

I have decided that Screen Space needs some sort of kudos award for website and other screened texts that incorporate user-centered design. My kudos award just needs a spiffy name. Until such a name occurs to me (or is suggested by a reader… [hint hint]), I’ll keep it to kudos. I decided to check out […]