Interactive Project Utopia

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People often discuss the challenges of designers working with developers – developers working with usability experts – usability experts working with seo – etc. Each of these conflicts can lead to a subpar website if not resolved.

We’ve all seen websites that functioned well, but were seriously lacking better design… remember myspace.com? We’ve also encountered websites and blogs filled with links to help get them ranked on search engines while sacrificing content integrity. Lastly, we’ve all found that beautiful flash site that we could look at for hours, but still have no idea how to find the information we went there to find. These are common place and most sites fall into one of these categories. Even our own monkeyfoot.com site fails in some of these areas.

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iPad Usability and Questions

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Apple has finally announced the iPad and while much of the press is underwhelmed, the Monkeyfoot team is ecstatic with the possibilities.

The iPhone presented a lot of great usability challenges, but in the end, the interface did not lend itself to real world applications. Everything needs to be designed for big fingers on a little screen and can only be delivered in bite-size chunks of information. With the new iPad, that has changed. While we still need to deal with big fingers for navigation, there’s now a full keyboard that can be utilized for large volumes of input, as well as a much larger screen (1024×768).

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Usability for Apple’s iPad

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On Wednesday of this week, Apple is expected to unveil their new tablet (edit: Apple iPad). The gang here at Monkeyfoot is incredibly excited, but not for the same reasons as most. While a new piece of Apple hardware will be awesome, it’s the thought of the new usability challenges it presents that have us giddy.

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