Late Night TV is back

If you haven’t noticed all the promos most of the Late Night TV shows are returning January 2. In most cases the hosts are crossing the picket lines to do their shows, but Letterman’s World Wide Pants has struck a contract with the writer’s guild. So, Letterman and Craig Ferguson will have writers while the others will not. I’m really interested in seeing how the other’s shows turn out without writers. Especially the Daily Show since it seems so writer dependent.

Lessons from eye tracking

There are quite a few eye tracking studies going on, but a lot of times it’s hard to really put them to work. Christina Laun has analyzed the most recent students and come up with 23 lessons from eye-tracking. Some of the ones that I’m going to pay attention to include…

  • Lists hold reader attention longer.
  • Clean, clear faces in images attract more eye fixation.
  • Ads placed next to the best content are seen more often.
  • One-column formats perform better in eye-fixation than multi-column formats.
  • Users initially look at the top left and upper portion of the page before moving down and to the right.

Live from Antartica via IP

As part of the Today show’s ends of the earth broadcast, Ann Curry has been broadcasting this week from Antarctica. I’ve been wondering how they pulled this off with the horrible weather down there, but Lost Remote pointed mentioned their use of IP video to send the signal. The shoot is using a single camera shot using the Ikegami HLV55 with it’s feed hooked up to a laptop computer that runs Qvidium software to stream live video.

Accessibility: Color Blindness

One of the keys to good web design is designing for accessibility. That is making your site easy to use for those with different kinds of limitations: an old computer/web browser, vision problems or even color issues. The designer putting himself in the place of the person with the accessibility issue is the key to solving accessibility issues. For many designers, color issues is difficult to test for because it is hard to put yourself in the users shoes (or vision as it may be). Jeffrey Zeldman suggests two cool tools for testing for color issues. I’ve often used this color scheme generator which has a drop down to illustrate your selection as seen by users with different color issues.