About Michael Cummings
Michael Cummings has been planning, designing, and producing interactive systems since 1995.
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SEO and UX: Common Goals

04.25.09 0

User experience begins with the very first impression of a product or service brand. Many of us acknowledge the close relationship between information architecture (IA) and user experience design (UXD), as well as between IA and SEO. Here I draw direct lines between UX and SEO, to show how important a role SEO and social media can play in a comprehensive approach to user experience design. …read on »

Good Design

04.05.09 2

User-friendly design is a term that has been around for ages. But what is it? What is good design? First we distinguish design from art in order to define design as a specific kind of craft: one of service and usefulness. Useful quotes and a list of characteristics of good design are provided. As it turns out, characteristics of good friendship are quite like those of good design. And that’s a beautiful thing. …read on »

Design Bliss

04.04.09 0

Designers often feel misunderstood and underutilized in their organizations. Is this because the other two main parts of the interaction design triad, business and technology, don’t understand us? Or is it because we don’t know enough about the contexts we’re working in? Probably both. How do we change that? Here I combine the wisdom of Joseph Campbell with the experience of Luke Wroblewski in hopes that they will help you, too, bring the great “boons” of hard won user experience design knowledge back to the real world of business and strategy in a way that, as Campbell puts it, “in terms and in proportions that are proper to the world’s ability to receive.” The external readings footnoted are necessary for context. …read on »

Minority Report Mouse’s Demise

03.17.09 3

User Interface Pre-cog’s Predict End of the Mouse We’ve likely all seen it: John Anderton, played by Tom Cruise, snaps on his information man-handling gloves and proceeds to literally manipulate the recorded premonitions (future memories?) …read on »

How Sociable Is Your Media?

03.08.09 0

The Peril and Promise of Web “3.0” As you probably know the etymology of “democratic” is Greek; prefix demo- “people” + kratia “rule”. People rule in a democracy. If people rule in your design process, …read on »

Don Norman Video: UX Week

02.24.09 2

Don Norman with Peter Merholz at UX Event by Adaptive Path. Norman. Don Norman, the esteemed “Ralph Nader of design,” gives us 52:29 of his time to offer wisdom gained from his experience in matters of user experience, design, business, and making our case to management. Some highlights are transcribed for those who may find them useful to remember or quote Don Norman. …read on »

Adaptive Path’s Aurora

08.06.08 0

Adaptive Path’s Aurora hit the virtual reality streets today. Most likely you’ve already seen the video. Nothing new, not really. Apple has been whittling away at it, a byte at a time. The difference here is not the bytes, but the size: will it be hard for interaction designers to chew on, or will it help us solve problems standing too long on 2-D legs only, that 3-D can solve? …read on »

Applying Successful Recipes

07.27.08 1

Recipes define both ingredients and process. One without the other will make mush of even the best stew, or mashup. Same for web applications. Yet too often solutions are under, or over, cooked. If method matters, shouldn’t we be as methodical as any competent chef? After all, what is user experience if not a matter of taste, as well as real nutrition? …read on »

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