End of road for email?

I am fascinated by how fast our lives change. It seems like yesterday that we started using email instead of regular mail and how email became our main form of communication with others. Now, this is about to change as well. Or at least the change has already started.

A recent study by comScore, suggests that email usage has declined, especially among teenagers.  With a whopping 59% decline, teenagers are clearly moving into a different direction to communicate with others, namely social messaging platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

The decline in email usage is valid for almost all age groups except the 55+ range.

For a more detailed analysis of recent email usage, check here.

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Regulating online marketing communications

It’s good to hear that marketing communications on Websites are finally going under some official regulation. At least in the UK. The new regulation is set to start on Martch 1st.

Advertising Standards Authority, UK’s independent regulator of advertising across all media will now be adding Websites to their coverage as well. According to their Website, ASA “works to ensure ads are legal, decent, honest and truthful by
applying the Advertising Codes.”

There were rapidly increasing complaints about the online ads due to the lack of any control mechanism for the Web. So, I am glad to see UK is taking a step toward the issue.

Living in a country where there is no control over ads in any form what so ever, I now expect to see a similar action in Cyprus and other countries as well.

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Time-Saving and Educational Resources for Web Designers

I am a Web designer and it makes me happy every time I see some Website offering resources for Web designers. Smashing magazine recently posted some time-saving and educational resources, which I believe can be useful.

So, check it out:

Smashing Magazine: Time-Saving and Educational Resources for Web Designers

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Is traditional media making a comeback?

I came across an interesting article about the traditional media making a comeback. Whether you agree or not, I believe it is still worth reading.

You can view the original article at Digital Tonto, or read the full-text inside.

UPDATE: I also found this article by George F. Snell III on the same issue. Interesting stuff!

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Student works on milk carton redesign

I recently assigned my students in Design Major-I class to redesign the milk carton for a nationally popular milk company. I was pretty impressed by the outcome and wanted to share some of them with you. Please feel free to comment on any of the works. Read the rest of this entry »

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The anatomy of a perfect landing page

I have come across a pretty nice graphic on The Anatomy of  a Perfect Landing Page. I believe it’s very useful especially for the beginners in Web design. You should check it out.

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XBox Kinect and usability

When I saw two kids playing the new XBox Kinect in a shopping mall in Cape Town, South Africa, I got so excited and couldn’t wait to try it.

After 15 mins of waiting one of the kids to finally get off, I got to race off with the other kid. I can’t remember the name of the game, but it was a typical car race game. Not only I lost to the 8 year old kid, but I also got very disappointed that the overall experience was not as much fun as I though it would be.

Firstly, the reaction of Kinect to my motion was not instantaneous. Plus, it took me only two minutes until I got very tired of holding my arms in the air like holding a steering wheel.

I remember Steve Jobs explaining how they tested touch screens on the new MacBook Airs, and that the overall experience was quite tiring. He went on to say that having a touch screen on a laptop is not just a pleasing experience. That’s exactly what I felt with the Kinect.

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