UX Magazine

Defining and Informing the Complex Field of User Experience (UX)
Article No. 58 October 16, 2006

Jack Slocum's blog

Jack Slocum’s blog is a breeding ground for innovative UI experimentation. Thoughtful implementations of very intuitive concepts using AJAX including a block-based commenting system that absolutely blew me away.

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Alex is CEO of Sideshow , an award winning creative agency. You can read his blog here.

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I TOTALLY agree with ANIMAL :)

Ajax/js is just a tool which if used properly can improve the usability of anyone’s site but more importantly SAVING your company $$$ in bandwidth savings.

So this begs the question – Do people believe that the web is supposed to abide by the antiquated “guidelines” of Jakob Nielsen and remain in the 1990’s? I think NOT. For those who believe in ridgid UX/design rules, please post your company’s stock symbol so I can SELL.

Stop nit-picking and think about how to improve Jack’s functionality and experience. It’s always easy to criticize.

Hell, if I could afford Jack, I’d hire him – NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

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“Too bad things like the navigation depends on having Javascript turned on, tho.”

For fuck’s sake!

Who doesn’t have javascript “turned on”?

The whole site is about creating an application-like experience in javascript.

If you don’t want to RUN THE APPLICATION then don’t!

That’s like saying “too bad computers require programs”!

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Please don’t get me wrong, Alex (if I may). This site is interesting to look at. And technologically? It’s a masterpiece. But from the user’s standpoint it’s not so good. At least in my perspective.

And believe me, on Opera/Linux it’s not so responsive. Even when there are no overlay objects present (like comment “window”) simple page scrolling is somewhat jerky.

UX Mag’s own webpage is easier on the eye. And is far more pleasant to use. But maybe it’s just that I like more ascetic and zen like approach.

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Admitedly, the commenting system isn’t for everyone (or every site) but the JS pop-up works for me, it behaves like a modal dialog window and is fast and responsive. I dislike pop-ups (99% of the time) and they’re particularily akward when working in a tabbed browsing environment. Is this interface overkill for a simple blog, quite possibly, but it’s still a fantastic working prototype of a novel concept.

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What’s so special about the comment system? Trying to recreate a popup window behavior on the current page canvas? It’s prety unneccessary, unintuitive and just plain slow and bulky. Not to mention it’s just uncomfortable to use. I would rather see a normal styled popup window for that.

The contents of the comment “window” are good, on the other hand. But it’s nothing new or fancy. The only thing that’s worth mentioning (in my humble opinion) is the idea of commenting blocks and a good use of AJAX for that task. But the interface? It is something that repels me from that site.

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Too bad things like the navigation depends on having Javascript turned on, tho.

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Great resource. I’ve got to admit that commenting system is pretty slick.