Allow Myself to Introduce Myself

by Editweapon on January 13, 2008

Who is TheEditWeapon? I am.

I love software UI application design. No, not the colors and shading and crap like that — just the important stuff like what things are called, where they are placed on the screen and in what sequence, what your error and confirmations say, if something is plural that should be singular…

Ok, actually I obsess over this stuff.

My best work is done after your developers have already built the interface that made sense to them.

I don’t do new design from the ground up. That’s because “everyone” (the camel committee*) tries to have their say and wars erupt over IMPORTANT things like if you should call a company a “Company” or an “Account.” I get involved after this process and your poor users have to use the crap you built.

Are your sales and marketing peeps emailing you to say, “Dear Product Manager of Inherited Crap 2.0, the prospects are complaining that our app is just too damn hard to use!”

Or maybe it’s too hard to learn? (These are 2 unique usability concepts, though almost no one ever consciously complains about the latter.)

Call me dude. My work is guaranteed.

And btw, it’s Company.*

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Dave March 29, 2008 at 6:10 am

Patrick, would the label “Organisation” not be better than both Company or Account? What happens when the entity that you are calling is not a company – it is a not for profit or a government department? Just my 2 cents worth :-)

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Dave March 29, 2008 at 6:11 am

Forgot to mention… I have a similar obsession.

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TheEditWeapon March 31, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Dave, that’s actually an excellent suggestion. Have to admit, I’ve never thought about that choice.

Hmm…Now which spelling do we use? The one that is correct — “organization”. Or the one that is *more* correct — “organisation”.

(I’m a big fan of Flight of The Concords, imported from New Zealand to HBO in America. “More correctly” is one of their jokes. :)

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Brent May 6, 2008 at 10:32 am

Then you may want to either disable the link that is right now a post-it-note at the the of your site or put some content behind it. It is practically taunting me to click on it in hopes that it would take me to a page with some new insight into usability/experience. But alas…. an error page. Hopes = fail. Then a link that typically promises additional sites of interest to click on, but no…. no links when you click on links (I wouldn’t throw around the word guaranteed that loosely).. :)

just giving ya a hard time….. i like the design and am even trying to contact firehost to see what their setup is (as their website is just a showcase of current clients), i’m in the market for a better setup…
-b

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Jean Carpenter Backus June 5, 2008 at 4:54 am

Is the EditWeapon your creation?? Brilliant! I want my site, The Naked Accountant.com, to look similar to your site. Mine is made by me and I’m a bean counter….so it is pretty simple, wall flowerish….maybe even boring! Prob. the only interesting thing is the content….and that would be EMBEZZLEMENT!!
Where do I get help?
Thanks!

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Editweapon June 6, 2008 at 11:58 am

Jean, I did the design/layout, but I hired Michael at 2 Logic Studios (found him on eLance.com) to build the template. I definitely recommend him if you want to un-wall-flower your blog’s design.

PS – I’ve hung out with you. You’re NOT a wallflower! No one names their blog The Naked Accountant without being a little “off the wall”. ;-)

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Jean Carpenter Backus July 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Still looking good! Are you going to put other stories on your site or is there another site? By the way, I have a dry run at the Wizard Academy on 7/25 for my dry run on $$. I think I emailed you.
All the best,
Jean Backus

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Jean Carpenter Backus July 23, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Thanks for the tip about Michael at 2Logic! I actually just saw that today. Not sure why.
I had to postpone my WA 7/25 debut “dry run” due to a family issue that is taking all of my time (except for right now! Family & Sanity first!!
The Naked Accountant

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