Pure Bragging: Two Cool New Portent Thingamabobs
Ian Lurie Aug 28 2015
Note: Right now I’m bragging, but Blake has promised he’ll soon write a post about how he actually did this stuff. So you might want to subscribe to the blog using that form on the right over there. See what I just did? Marketing!!!
Our resident all-things-user-experience nerd just developed two new site feature/thingamabobs (that’s a technical term). I’m kvelling a bit:
Keyboard-only site search and contextual navigation
Open our site in a new browser window. Then just start typing (no clicking, just type). Type the word ‘dragons’ and click enter. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
How freaking cool was that?!!!
In case you’re on a mobile device and couldn’t start typing, here’s what you’ll see on the desktop:
An instant search overlay. But wait, it gets cooler. This is a navigation tool. Again, Open our site in a new browser window. Type ‘SEO’:
Hit enter. You should end up here:
Poof. Instant nav. Depending on user behavior, we also pre-render the target page for faster load time.
This is pretty and chock full of nifty (I don’t want to pretend we’re the first to do this, by the way. Other sites do it. But serious nerdgasm here). It’s also got some real potential for an improved user experience. We’ll keep testing and tweaking this to do more and keep you posted.
Oh, and we may or may not start hiding Easter eggs. Try a few searches and see what you find.
Rescue the widows and orphans!
We don’t have this deployed on our site yet. Clients go first.
This one’s more subtle, but possibly more important. Sometimes, you create a headline like “fierce accountability training program”. Depending on the browser width, it can wrap awkwardly:
And, since browser windows come in all sizes, a hard line break doesn’t necessarily help. What to do?
Like I said, it’s subtle. But it’s one of those things that impacts the reader experience and aesthetics.
Why am I telling you all this? Blake reports he’ll be posting this to Github soon. Now he’s committed because I’ve told the entire Internet.
Why am I telling you all this?
Because my development and creative team doesn’t get enough credit and I have a chip on my shoulder the size of my car about it. And it’s Friday, so we get to all have a little fun. So there.
Leave comments about how obnoxious this all is below.
PS: You should follow Blake on Twitter. He does cool stuff like this all the time.
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Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More