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About Cam Dred

Cam has been a Professional Graphic Designer for more than 16 years in the technology industry. With a diverse work history and passion for all visual arts, Cam has provided indispensable value to the Intranet Connections Team. He balances his work life by actively travelling, seeking unique collector's items and grumpily critiquing poor design practices.

Does Your Intranet Have a Killer App?

Summary: What is a killer intranet app? Examples of Killer Apps. What is an Anti-Killer app? Previously we discussed intranet usability as it relates to your navigation, Jar Jar Binks and your content. Having banished Jar Jar from your intranet, you will be relieved that he also had no place in the latest Star Wars saga. The role of comic relief went largely to the plucky little ball robot, BB-8. He became the killer app, if you will, at the heart of the new series. Whether he was carrying the map to the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, or making people ponder

Does the Way You Present Content Affect Intranet Usability?

Summary: Is the content on your intranet easy to read? Tips on how to present content to improve intranet usability, including scannable content, breaking content into sections and how to prioritize information. In my last post I discussed the affect of bad intranet usability on your navigation, your bottom line and Jar Jar Binks. This time I want to discuss the usability of something on your intranet that many don’t consider: your content.

How is Intranet Usability Affecting Your Bottom Line?

Summary: What is intranet usability? Why should you care? How can it be improved? Guidelines for navigation. Overview of paper prototyping. A recent study by the Nielsen Norman Group showed that users are not happy with their intranets1. Satisfaction ratings were a dismal 66%. To put it in perspective, that is only marginally better than the Rotten Tomatoes rating for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Which was terrible.

Modernize with an Intranet Design Theme

What is An Intranet Design Theme? When it comes to your intranet, you aren't just stuck having to learn to love your intranet design. You can easily change your design theme. You can create many design themes. An intranet design theme is a uniform collection of design elements and color schemes that are applied to the intranet to give a consistent and appealing look and feel. Using a design theme is an easy way to add appeal to pages and give them a professional look. What are the Design Theme Elements? I am so glad I asked that question. A

Triggering Emotions on the Intranet

Emotion. Merriam-Webster defines it as such: "a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body" - maybe not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your intranet experience. Triggering emotions on the intranet is not only possible, I submit that it is something we should strive towards. So sit back while I take you on an emotional ride. "From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere." - Dr. Seuss As the

The DOs & DON’Ts of Intranet Site Taglines

The Chinese have been credited with the creation of many important inventions: paper, acupuncture, the Open-spandrel segmental arch bridge (fully stone). It is thought that the Chinese also generated the world's first tagline when they promoted their newly finished wall as "The Great Wall: Protecting the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces since the 7th century BC." Not quite as pithy as "Behold the power of cheese" but it was a seminal influence on Calvin Klein's famous "Between love and madness lies obsession" tagline. What is

The DOs & DON’Ts of Intranet Design

I hate to say it but there are a lot of ugly intranets out there. Believe me. I have seen them and have been called upon to do something about them on occasion. An ugly intranet is often an outdated intranet, an out-of-touch intranet or an unloved intranet. People do not want to look at an ugly intranet design any more than they want to look at my kids rotting pumpkin on the patio - not that I am cleaning that smelly mess up - the kids wanted them, they can clean them up. Well good news, you also get to