2/27
During class last week, we talked a little about using color on websites. Here are some cultural associations for one color. I picked blue because the Mayo Clinic uses it on their website.

Color is cultural. The only universal colors are natural mappings such as red apples and green leaves.

Blue

Culture

Association
Buddhist

coolness, wisdom
Cajun Voodoo

peace
Chinese

heaven, spring, wood
Christian

truth, eternity, faith
Hebrew

mercy
Japanese

villainy
Middle Eastern

virtue, faith, truth
Western

male, calm, authority
Human Factors for Technical Communicators, by Marlana Coe

3/8
Here's a web site I found while looking for sources for the analysis paper. It primarily deals with usability and usability testing (which would have been really handy last spring) but I think since this is a class for electronic media, there's still useful information to be found here.
The site is called UXBooth, and it's a blog "by and for the user experience community."
http://www.uxbooth.com/

3/12
Here's an interesting book about the influence of social media on today's business: The Thank You Economy.