Links roundup 6 January 2012
Massive cakes, upside down underwater gardening and building your own Hadron Collider. Lots to make, do and see in our roundup of the links we've been looking at this week...
Building a business, from ideas to getting paid
- A lengthy but interesting look at the creation and building of Dropbox shows how complex it is to create the illusion of simplicity.
- In business, apparently it's all about the cashflow. Freshbooks have done some analysis of which invoice wording generates the quickest payments.
Confusing user journeys, from accidental to deliberate
- The lack of joined up UX when trying to access government online services is summed up perfectly in this article. We've all been through the frustation of being sent round in circles trying to find something out that should be simple, and this post calmly and clearly explains the broken thought processes.
- Two Ikea related links - one serious scientific study into how their stores try to confuse you into buying things, and another slightly less serious scientific instruction manual of how to construct your own Hadron Collider.
Software design, from clunky to elegant
- It looks like 2012 might be the year when IE6 is finally and truly laid to rest. Microsoft started the year by celebrating with a massive cake (we like their style) that IE6 has been defeated to less than 1% of browsers in the US. According to the IE6 Countdown page, the UK isn't far behind, currently on 1.4%
- It might take your brain a few seconds to figure out what's going on in this video - we think they're upside down, underneath a frozen lake. Surely only a matter of time until a band rips this off for a music video...
- Although it now seems likely they will be banned from being sold by Apple, this Steve Jobs action figure has scarily detailed hands and facial hair.
- This week, we've launched a Careers page on our website, with information for people who might like to work here.
- We've also launched the new homepage for UK Online Centre's Go-On campaign, which we've designed and built.
Follow us on @rcktsheffield on Twitter for a steady stream of interesting links throughout the week. We're currently experimenting with auto-posting tweets containing links to our Delicious account, using If This Then That.