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Originally from France (Paris) I have been based in Hong Kong since 2000. I am currently working as a Product Manager for GoAnimate.com, a Web start-up company aiming at empowering anyone to express themselves using animation as opposed to videos, blogs, etc. This current postion takes a lot of my time and resulted in me blogging less… a shame, which I am trying to work on.

Although I take interest in a lot of different things (I find it hard to focus my mind on a single topic), I would say I am an experience manager. In whatever I do I enjoy looking at interactions between people (within a company as well as outside it) and interactions between people and systems (interactive, organizational, cultural, etc.). This blog, I guess, relects this.



1. Alon Shwartz - January 22, 2008

Thank for the docstoc post. Working on user facing software for the past 20 years or so (and I’m not that old…), I always try to put myself in the user’s shoes. “What would I hate” and “what would I love” are common questions, basically be the user’s advocate.
I will spend more time on your blog as I believe you are addressing a very important point that is too often overlooked by the hype of cool gadgets and fun technologies (can we say AJAX anymore?)

Alon Shwartz
CTO, docstoc.com

2. psychobserver - January 22, 2008

Hi Alon,

Good to hear that you enjoy my blog. Sometimes I am myself not so sure what I am writing about… ;o) … if it can make some sense in the end, that’s good.

Designing good usable interfaces is first and foremost a mindset, you are right. The ability to think from the user perspective.

Thanks for your comment.
I’ll be spending more time on DocStoc myself. :o)

3. ada - May 24, 2008

I tried out goanimiate.com, and created my first cartoon (http://goanimate.com/go/movie/53509?ref=url&refuser=131253).

(Don’t have your email, so put a note here.)


4. Michael Douma - September 18, 2008

Dear Psychobserver ,
The Internet has transformed how we communicate with the public, but there are still many challenges in making information easy to find. Since you cover interaction design in Psychobserver, I thought you might be interested in a study that my nonprofit published this summer about how people find information online. The study covers three groups: non-profit organizations and cities; web designers and firms; and the general public.
The study was fascinating on a number of levels, and I invite you to read the executive summary or download a PDF of the findings at http://www.idea.org/find-information.html .
The survey results sparked ideas about tools we could provide that might make finding information online easier. This fall, we will start beta testing a cool new new navigational tool. I don’t have your email, so if you are interested, you can sign up for our beta here: http://www.spicynodes.org/ or to stay abreast of our (very) occasional new projects, you can get our newsletter here: http://www.idea.org/newsletter.html

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