Global Economy and Stock Markets

The Baseline Scenario – an informal, but quite informative, blog providing review and analysis of the current stock market situation and global economical issues.

In particular, there a few interesting posts:
Where Are We Now? Five Point Summary
Financial Crisis for Beginners

Although you and I and most people with investments have more money in the stock market than in the credit market, the stock market is more a gauge of sentiment than an independent force in the economy. Lower stock prices make it more expensive for companies to raise equity capital, but most companies raise more money by issuing debt than by issuing stock. And when people’s investments go down, they tend to spend less, but only a little; if their 401(k) goes down by $10,000, they don’t cut back on spending by $10,000. The credit markets, by contrast, have direct and immediate effects on how companies behave; in an extreme case, no credit can mean no cash with which to make payroll.

UX Design Patterns

Just like design patterns play a key role in software development discipline, there are design patterns used in the field of user experience design (UX). Here is a great collection of design patters for information architects, as well as software developers, collected and organized in a very friendly way, with plenty of illustrations and explanations.

Free library of UX design patterns: Quince by Infragistics
http://quince.infragistics.com/

Quince (pronounced kwinse) is a rich, interactive user experience (UX) design patterns library produced for the software community by Infragistics at no charge.

Note: Terminology: With regards to other very popular acronyms, like IA (Information Architecture) and UI (User Interface), UX is actually much more general and inclusive term and discipline, whereas IA and UI are more of subdisciplines of UX. UX on Wikipedia:

In the web world, user experience is sometimes conflated with usability, information architecture (IA), and user interface (UI) design, all of which are components of it. User experience addresses and integrates all user-facing aspects of a company, from email and web sites to off-site presence in print and on other sites.