Harikrishnan Menon

laughs. designs. thinks. travels. paints. photographs. cooks. sleeps. talks. magics. listens.

Heuristic Analysis

Posted by in user experience, web design

In the companies I have worked for, one of the services they offered were to analyse the websites and mobile apps of the clients for their usability, findability of information, ease of navigation and various other parameters. Many a times, I have walked into a conference room of clients, armed with a heuristic analysis report of their website-only to tell them that their baby is ugly. Some of them would be mad, but when the facts start to roll out, they listen. There are websites we like and there are…read more


usability problem – multi level car parking

Posted by in user experience

A company is building a huge multilevel car parking. It is 10 floors high and 200 cars per floor. While this new parking space will solve a lot of problems for the people, there is a new issue that is creeping up. How to remember where exactly you parked your car. Frankly i have faced this issue with a 4 floor building, with just 50 cars/floor. “hmmm was it on the ninth floor ? or seventh ? I think its an odd number..” Some guys who are very meticulous will…read more


The Choosers

Posted by in personal musings

We have often come across them. At traffic signals they come to you with open arms, begging for some change. We ignore/ we sympathize/ we donate/we shoo them away, depending on your mood. But, Did you know that they probably demands more respect, according to the (sic) formula economic status is directly proportional to the respect one gets? Consider this. In a minute, a person could cover about some 10 cars/bikes at a traffic signal. Supposing that 3 of them feel generous and give them say on an average 2…read more


HDR photography

Posted by in personal musings, photography

Here is my first trial on HDR imaging. couple of awesome tutorials are here, here and here


me ? on twitter ?

Posted by in personal musings

I started tweeting recently. After the initial lazyness to sign up, I found out more reasons not to use twitter and tried to resist for a while. Probably because the first few tweeple I read considered this as another way to fill the internet with their obsolate ideas and to satisfy their digital narcissism. Soon i corrected myself and after trying it out for a few weeks, I find it interesting, informative, fun and sometimes addictive. I cant believe that today I have made my 100th tweet ! Microblogging is…read more


watch out for the hackers

Posted by in FOSS, functions, graphic design

This years edition of foss.in is here. so if you are anywhere in the southern hemisphere, do not dare to miss it. Put your coding hats on, and watch out for the hackers !


Skipping Advertisements on TV

Posted by in personal musings, user experience

All I would need is a small button. I am not aware of any TV remotes that has this button. But let me guarantee you, we are talking about a button which is going to be used very frequently. If you are a person like me, very very frequently. Function of the button is simple- it swaps you to any other pre-set channel for a pre-set time, and returns back to the channel you were watching. It works like this- Most programs have a specified time duration for the commercial…read more


Let me be just me

Posted by in personal musings

let me not go to work this Monday morning. Let me embrace my pillow Let me be in my bed, slipping in and out of sleep and wake Let me be free from the worry of the eternal cycle of tiny needles meeting the roman numerals. Let me step out when I am damn bored of it. Let me dress shoddy. Let me just cover up for the warmth. Let me sleep walk the paved streets of the old city. Let me not worry about my missing shoe. Let me…read more


i amsterdam

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After coming to Amsterdam, I was perfecting my art of not keeping in touch. I too lazy to write detailed emails, or blogs. So after almost 50 days, i wrote an email to a friend, then this intelligent idea of making a blog post out of it, arised. Its edited a bit, in best interest of the family audience. So Alstublieft, Here you go: Statutory warning: reading long mails may cause neck pain or compel you to reply. I will be there on jan 26th. post poned the previous 7th…read more


I am invisible

Posted by in personal musings

How would it be like being invisible ? For the last few days, on and off, I am experiencing how it would feel like being invisible. No, I didn’t find a cloak of invisibility from an old bedtime story. It was much more simple. All I needed was a razor, some shaving form and 2 mins of a bored Saturday evening. I took off my french beard. Somehow, even though I didn’t want it to be, my french beard had become a trademark symbol of mine. ” Hari who? that…read more