The Product Guy’s Great in ’08

Christmas-Bell The Product Guy had a great 2008, sharing and exploring products, their experiences, and many innovative startups and the founders behind them, while getting to meet and speak with many of The Product Guy’s steadily growing readership.

And, as 2008 comes to a close, let’s take a brief look at the top 5 posts of 2008 (by popularity) on The Product Guy, starting with…

modular innovation#5 Modular Innovation 101

Modular Innovations lead to users’ information that is Portable, Shareable, Interoperable, Customizable, Redundant, Accessible and, basically, their own. Here The Product Guy explored the various flavors and concepts behind Modular Innovation.

Trends and other primordial indicators of the emergence of Modular Innovation can be found in many products that are out there, or in development, today on the Internet. This year demonstrated a clear evolution of existing online products, and an emergence of many others, implementing and embracing, to a ever increasing degree, Modular Innovation.

 

01_amazon#4 Overgrown Amazon

As part of the series exploring the quantification of product User Experience via Quick-UX, the Aesthetics of Amazon.com were explored.

Every single feature does NOT have to be crammed into the interface. A smart minimalist design will provide just enough of the core functionality up front, and allow for the gradual introduction of deeper features and extras as the user interacts with the product. Amazon.com is a great example of poor Aesthetics.

 

Configuration#3 Quick-UX. Quick Heuristics for User eXperience.

In 2008, I introduced the world to a process I use when quickly evaluating products. In subsequent posts in 2008 (and more to come in 2009) The Product Guy continued to provide examples and elaborate upon the underlying concepts and variables that make up Quick-UX.

The Product Guy’s introduction to performing quick, quantitative assessments of product/user experience.

 

pbwiki#2 Best Free Online Wiki Announced!

With so many wiki choices available, how do you choose? The Product Guy explored and ranked the free, hosted wikis available to both the individual and company.

And, just as PBwiki was about to achieve their own personal user base milestone, they too were recognized as the best, free online wiki.

 

00_yahoo_homepage#1 Yahoo News. #1 Online News Site.

Yahoo News represented the first news web product whose experience was studied in a 4 part series on the pros, cons, and suggested improvements (some of which have been implemented) of the top websites’ User Experiences.

Based on popularity, Yahoo News, at the end of 2007, was #1. And in 2008, this article delving into Yahoo’s News experience was the #1 most popular article at The Product Guy.

 

Happy New Year!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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The Product Guy’s Weekend Reading (June 20, 2008)

reading_w_TPG_thumb5_thumb2_thumb2_t Every week I read tens of thousands of blog posts. Here, for your weekend enjoyment, are some highlights from my recent reading, for you.

On Starting Up…
http://www.undertheradarblog.com/wp_blog.html?fb_2042860_anch=4200947
Discussion of the characters that make up a successful team.

On Design & Product Experience…
http://www.webdesignerwall.com/trends/2008-design-trends/
A look at the current state of design trends for 2008.

On Modular Innovation…
http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/06/18/liveblogging-supernova-liquid-conversations-panel/
Discussion of how Modular Innovation is shaping the expansion of capabilities at FriendFeed and other ‘liquid conversation’ enterprises.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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The Product Guy’s Weekend Reading (June 6, 2008)

reading_w_TPG_thumb5_thumb2 Every week I read tens of thousands of blog posts. Here, for your weekend enjoyment, are some highlights from my recent reading, for you.

On Starting Up…
http://davidwalsh.name/ways-subliminally-tell-users-dont-come-back
6 great tips about what features your start-up’s new product should NOT have.

On Design & Product Experience…
http://alistapart.com/articles/zebrastripingdoesithelp
Interesting study of usability of tables that use row striping.

On Modular Innovation…
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/web_technology_trends_for_2008_1.php
Presentation by ReadWriteWeb and the trends of 2008 demonstrating the growing emergence of Modular Innovation.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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