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The original Apple Macintosh, introduced on January 24, 1984, had a 9-inch screen and a stationary menu bar at the very top of the screen. It made a lot of sense. But does it still make sense today?

July 24, 2012 by

Hover menus, also known as fly-over menus, are prevalent on the Web. But are they an example of good user experience design? Since everybody does it, it must be OK, right?

July 10, 2012 by

The location of navigation controls in Web browsers seem to have become less efficient over the years. Originally clustered together on the left-hand side of the URL bar to minimize the amount of mousing required, the Back, Forward, Stop and…

June 12, 2012 by

Although the search box in Firefox’s toolbar is handy, it’s really not necessary for searching the Web. Unless you take advantage of having other search engines available via the search box, you can get rid of it completely to regain…

May 1, 2012 by

A feature that has always bothered me about Mac OS X is its restriction on resizing windows. In versions of OS X through Snow Leopard, windows can only be resized via the handle in the bottom-right corner. Why the limitation?…

April 17, 2012 by

“Eventually, everything connects.” — Charles Eames I love that quote, because it is inherently true. A perfect example is the way the history of music is so connected. The start of Rock n’ Roll was born from a cross-breeding between Rhythm & Blues…

April 3, 2012 by

Welcome to Aesthetic Crit, a site dedicated to talking about design in its many forms, from interactive and online to letterpress. We’ll be covering the good as well as the not so good and even some of the atrocious examples…

January 14, 2012 by

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