Nawlins, the forum bomb, and Design Eye
~ 19 May 2004 ~
Just got back last night from business in New Orleans. Or “Nawlins” as the locals say with their southern drawl.
What a ride. Quite the city, but Holy Hanna it ain’t no place for a married man.
I had no access to email for three days, so I woke up this morning to 2,801 new messages. No joke.
My vote for most funkified city characteristic? Easy: The above-ground cemeteries (shown above). Apparently the water table is so saturated that buried caskets have been known to rise to the surface and float away in times of heavy rains. Hence, most of the graves are above ground. Creepy.
The Forum Bomb
Given the “superb” feedback to my latest Forum Topic of the Week (no offense to those who commented), I’m laying the feature to rest. And yes, above ground. Although I’ve run the feature for only a couple of months, I’ve contemplated killing it for some time now, as it never garnered the loyal audience I hoped it would. And no, no amount of bribery will bring it back from the dead.
Design Eye for the Usability Guy
What a great piece, no? (For those that missed it: Design Eye for the Usability Guy.) Props go to Andrei for organizing it all. And for picking up my slack during final editing while in Nawlins.
I think Andrei’s hit the nail on the head with a stellar idea: Assist the design-challenged experts that surround us with sound advice but nawful (Nawlins awful?) design. Who knows, maybe it’ll be recurring thing. One site’s homepage immediately comes to mind that could use a Design Fab Five makeover: Monster.com. Lousy design, horrible content structure… just a mess all over.
Cue the theme music, ’cause I’m ready for the next episode.
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