The wonderful designers at Laszlo recently put together a nice presentation about the suite of applications that we plan to build. We’re calling it Laszlo Digital Life.

The first of these applications is Laszlo Mail. We’re focused on creating a great user experience for web mail that approaches the experience of desktop mail applications with the added benefit of providing access to email from any computer with a web browser. It was released early this summer to EarthLink subscribers. We’re working on a putting up our latest and greatest so that anyone can check it out… stay tuned.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been unable to identify some cool new specimen. Unlike linguistic questions, like the history of the letter C, identifying creatures by sight is pretty near impossible to research on the internet, or even with a book for the non-biologist. Now I’ve found:

The picture on the right comes from the bug love section. Not sure I quite understand the biology behind that, but it is entertaining. I can’t wait till our next trip to the park!

via the Exploratorium’s ten cool sites

“Change blindness is the striking failure to see large changes that normally would be noticed easily.”
Daniel J. Simons and Ronald A. Rensink, Change Blindness: Past, Present and Future, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Vol.9 No.1 January 2005

“…observers often failed to notice large changes to photographs that were made during an eye movement [5]. For example, 50% percent of observers failed to notice when two cowboys sitting on a bench exchanged heads! These shocking results inspired others to examine whether similar failures could happen in other ways, and in the absence of eye movements. In one of these new paradigms – the ‘flicker’ task [1] – an original and modified scene alternate repeatedly, separated a brief blank display, until observers find the change. Observers eventually find most changes, but can take an astonishingly long time to do so, even for large changes.”

If you don’t believe this, check out Rensink’s Java applet that illustrates what he calls the “flicker paradigm”. Two images flicker back and forth. With a 250 ms gap between images, I spent minutes looking for the difference. At 150 ms, I saw the difference almost immediately. With no gap, the difference is striking. Here is clear evidence that “no page refresh” apps are not simply less annoying, but clearer to understand.