Category Archives: Design

parallel-prototyping

Parallel Prototyping Leads to Better Design Results, More Divergence, and Increased Self-Efficacy

STEVEN P. DOW, ALANA GLASSCO, JONATHAN KASS, MELISSA SCHWARZ,
DANIEL L. SCHWARTZ, and SCOTT R. KLEMMER
Stanford University

Iteration can help people improve ideas. It can also give rise to fixation, continuously refining one option without considering others. Does creating and receiving feedback on multiple prototypes in parallel, as opposed to serially, affect learning, self-efficacy, and design exploration? An experiment manipulated whether independent novice de-signers created graphic Web advertisements in parallel or in series. Serial participants received descriptive critique directly after each prototype. Parallel participants created multiple prototypes before receiving feedback. As measured by clickthrough data and expert ratings, ads created in the Parallel condition significantly outperformed those from the Serial condition. Moreover, independent raters found Parallel prototypes to be more diverse. Parallel participants also reported a larger increase in task-specific self-confidence. This article outlines a theoretical foundation for why parallel prototyping produces better design results and discusses the implications for design education.

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Github 404 – Star Wars Parallax

Move your mouse around the image on Github’s 404 page to see the parallax effect. This is not the web page you are looking for.

Then get the jQuery plugin.

Github gives their best practices for error pages and a list of all their error pages, like:

500: An exception occurred and we couldn’t recover. (Oops! Octocat is falling off a cliff.)

503: Unicorn! We are having a bad problem and the app server will not talk to us.