Garrett’s State of User Experience

10.18.09 3

Re. http://vimeo.com/6952223 Jesse James Garrett gives a State of the User Experience Address UX Week – Video Jesse James Garrett, author of The Elements of User Experience – User-Centered Design For The Web, who can …read on »

SEO and UX: Common Goals

04.25.09 1

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 1

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 »

Agile 2008 Alan Cooper Interview

03.15.09 2

interview excerpts, clipped out to highlight Cooper’s ideas about Agile, Extreme Programming, Open Source, and being a knowledge worker/programmer a post industrial age, working in commercial enterprises still organized around industrial age management models. …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 »

How To Win Users

01.25.09 0

Dale Carnegie published How to Win Friends and Influence People in 1936. This book has sold many millions of copies and been translated in do dozens of languages. What can it teach us in 2009 about interaction design that we should know and can use to improve our design and management strategies? A lot, in fact, as we strive to Win Users and Influence People’s Behavior in the digital age. …read on »