back from my trip to google
I always enjoy a trip to Google. I imagine that my boss doesn't like it when I go, because she knows that Google is the number one place that I would like to work (if I didn't work for her). I can't tell you anything about the contents of the usability study, but it was Blogger-related and the prototype looked neat. It's was a one-on-one study, me and a dude who walked me through a script and basically ended up taking notes on my blogging-spew. Luckily for him, everything was recorded, because his handwriting is as crappy as mine. :)
Google is very colorful—it's not just their logo. Primary colors all through the buildings, the furniture, it's just a very nice place. The people I chat with are always really nice (no, I don't think they'd let the surly ones talk to the public, but still) and there's just a general sense of happiness there. I'm sure, like any company, people are unhappy...that's just human nature. But each building has free drinks (water, juice, soda, coffee, etc), free food (bins of bulk snacks), and this particular building had a mini-fleet of Segways
(3, I think). Good times!