Posts Tagged ‘design’

Facebook Fail?

Written by Nexcerpt on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 in Patterns & News.
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Poor design of new systems (or of extensions to current systems) can create conflicts that are difficult or impossible to overcome. If you capture data beyond what you can interpret, or data insufficient for your needs (or with insufficient granularity) all the analysis in the world won’t improve your understanding of that data. And, if the design actually prevents the collection of essential data, no fix is possible.

We may be seeing the limits of scalability, due in part to design failure, play out at Facebook right now.

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Good URL structure

Written by Nexcerpt on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 in Patterns & News.
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This is the first of a series of posts about good URL structure.┬áMany sites have very poor URL structure — not necessarily bad content, or broken pages — URL structure that sucks. Some of it sucks enormously. Before citing examples of what’s wrong, let’s consider the benefits of a clear, organized URL among your readers and prospects online.

Frequently, for some thoughtful person who does not know you or your business, their first impression of you is a URL you create. If that person wants to use their time effectively, and focus on the best thinking and writing available, they may be unable to resist (or ignore) that first impression.

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