Page Navigation Pet Peeve

I love browsing Uncrate. Yes, I realize it’s a blog geared towards guys, but it’s still one of my favorites for endless images of shiny things.

However, flipping through (and drooling over) endless images requires one to click through several pages, which makes sense. On the bottom of the first page, you get a very clear link to read more on the next page:
Uncrate First Page Nav
More stuff on the next page? Awesome, I like more stuff so I will click and continue my journey. And at the bottom of the second page:
Uncrate Second Page Nav
Even more stuff, you say?! Onwards we go. And then:
Uncrate Page Navigation (Page 3)
Lots more stuff? Why yes, I would like to see lots more stuff. On page number four, they begin presenting the standard navigation links:
Uncrate Navigation (page 4 and beyond)

Augh! Why Uncrate, why?

When it comes to page navigation, the Previous-Next duo is confusing when they’re not supported by any other indicators. On a blog, I always naturally associate “Previous” with posts from a previous time or day. However, the navigation rarely works this way, so I end up going back and forth between pages multiple times.

Now, I’m not saying this terminology should be banished forever – after all, I may be the only odd person who gets confused by this. There are better ways to provide helpful indicators:
Mashable Page Navigation
As you can see, Mashable also includes page numbers so you won’t/can’t mistake “Previous” as a chronological term.

Dear Internets, please stop using “Previous” and “Next” as your sole navigation signals. Either support them with better clues, or stick to something like “Older” and “Newer”. Thank you.

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Pique My Pinterest

A few weeks ago, I finally joined Pinterest after seeing the name of this virtual pinboard join the ranks of Facebook and Twitter on people’s websites. Surprisingly, I took an immediate liking to it, with its intuitive and easy-to-use interface.

Pinterest Profile

Pinterest is a nicely packaged solution to a common problem I’ve had in the past with bookmarking. After I bookmark a page in my browser or on Evernote, I very rarely actually re-visit these pages. Maybe they’re really not as interesting as I initially thought, or the concept of “out of sight, out of mind” applies. Pinterest takes the simple, traditional idea of a pin board (when have I ever actually used one in real life? Maybe once, or twice, in the 90’s) and translates it to fit our digital lifestyles on the intarwebz.

Pinterest Board

Historically, Tumblr has been the platform of choice for visual-centric niches – namely, anything related to design or fashion. Pinterest’s method of collating “pinned” images in sets and collections makes it so much easier to browse through chunks of them without needing to scroll forever or press “next 5” x 100. The ability to create different board is fantastic for those of us who are OCD about organization :) And overall, it’s a great place to discover new ideas and find inspiration, although the popular ones do get repeated quite often.

One of my favorite aspects of individual pin pages is that they reference 1. who you repinned from (if applicable) and 2. the original source of the image. No more clicking through seemingly endless trails of reblogs a la Tumblr, only to arrive at the original post and find that there’s no source listed /fail

Pinterest Givenchy Boots

Naturally, there’s still plenty of room for improvement – for example, it’s difficult to find new people to follow. While they provide suggestions when you sign up based on the list of interests you provide, it’s not very easy to find new people after that. A separate recommendations section based on pins that you’ve liked/repinned or people you already follow would be helpful in this instance.

It’ll be interesting to see how brands utilize this service – it’d be silly for them to not take advantage of targeting such a concentrated group of users with overlapping interests in design, decoration, crafts, cooking, traveling… and the list could go on and on.

TL;DR: Pinterest has won me over – I’m a fan!

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Because We CAN CAN Cleanse – A Review

Back in August, my friend Chin and I purchased a Refinery29 Reserve deal for CAN CAN Cleanse, a 3-day San Francisco juice cleanse. Ever since I saw the Gilt sale for BluePrintCleanse sell out within minutes (3-day cleanses were running at $180+!), I’d been curious about the hype surrounding juice cleanses. If you’re in a similar situation, I hope this CAN CAN Cleanse Review can help you make your decision!

We decided to start our cleanse on Tuesday, so our 3-day supply of juices was delivered on Monday night by a chipper and friendly guy, who had actually just finished his own cleanse (and was from Fresno – central valley represent!). Since Chin didn’t have much free space in her fridge, days 2 & 3 of her juices were also delivered to my apartment, which resulted in this:

CAN CAN Cleanse fridge overload!

The juices come in cute jars with individual labels that display ingredient information, special instructions (mostly for teas, which taste better when hot), and numbers so you know what order to consume them in. Each day consists of 8 juices, which can vary from season to season. For the summer cleanse, we had lemon-lime cayenne, green juice (x2), green pea soup, vanilla almond milk, watermelon apple lime, hibiscus tea and lavender tea. Everything was really tasty, including the green juices – and this is coming from someone who hates parsley & celery with a passion.

CAN CAN Cleanse juices all lined up

CAN CAN Cleanse juice tag

I didn’t get as hungry as I thought I would during these three days. Due to the amount of liquid consumed through these juices (and lots of water, too), my stomach was pretty full for most of the day. On the CAN CAN site, there’s a list of permissible eats, in case you’re really starving or feel lightheaded.

The first day was the easiest, since it was a novel process. I had a few stomach cramps, most likely because my stomach isn’t used to consuming healthy and nutritious greens. (MSG, caffeine, greasy foods? Stomach = a-okay. Nutritious raw veggies? Stomach = What are you doing to me?!). My body seemed to accept this reality on the second day, and the third day was a breeze. Over the course of three days, I did eat one apple and a few almonds (from the permissible eats list), which to be honest, I actually could have gone without.

Would I do it again? Definitely! I felt lighter and energized on the last day, and the cleanse gave me time to reflect on my eating habits and revise for the future. Teresa, the owner/founder, was super sweet and helpful in answering all of our questions pre-cleanse and during the cleanse. She also sent out cheery and supportive emails on each day of the cleanse, which was a nice touch. Doing the cleanse with a friend was great since we could support each other, especially during times of temptation like Taco Tuesday and Beer + Breadsticks Thursday.

If you live in or near San Francisco and are contemplating a cleanse, I highly recommend CAN CAN! Check out their website for more information: CAN CAN Cleanse

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