A couple of folks I’ve worked with in the past have begun blogging (or, have let me know they were blogging). They aren’t developers, but do deal with the software world. (I’m shocked to note that both of their blogs are much snazzier than mine.)

Susan Mowery Snipes does web design. Her blog is company news and also exhibits the perspective of a UI focused designer–sometimes it’s a bit through the looking glass (why would someone judge a website in 1/20 of second), but that’s good for us software folks to take a look at.

And if a designer has a different view, a project manager is on a different planet. I admire the best PMs because they are able to manage even though they might not have any clue about technology details. Come to think of it, that may actually help. Regardless, Sarah Gilbert has been blogging for a while, but just shared the URL with me. She’s an excellent writer and I am looking forward to reading more entries like Trust Me, You Don’t Do Everything. I do wish she’d allow comments, though.

2 thoughts on “New bloggers

  1. Susan Mowery Snipes says:

    Hi Dan,

    I was surprised by the 1/20 of a second research myself. The researchers actually started with half a second for testing first impressions. Then, as they continued the research, they found that it only took 1/20 of a second to create that first impression.

    And more importantly their research found the first impression influences how the person will judge the _rest_ of their experience on a site. (Unfortunately, even if a web site’s logic and UI is great, if a person had a bad first impression of how the web site’s looks, it sours their overall impression.)

    In my own experience (even as a primarily visual designer), a first impression definitely affects my decision to browse a web site. However, I _will_ stick around to see if the content is useful, even if my first impression isn’t “wow”.

    Thanks for blog announcement. Let me know if you want some help on making your design snazzier 🙂

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