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Rad Giveaway for Giant Conference

We are giving away FREE tickets to the Giant Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, a conference for people who create rad experiences.

In anticipation of the conference, Bestica is celebrating all things rad. Tweet us the raddest song lyrics you can think up for your chance to win your FREE ticket.

To Enter:

  • Follow @BesticaUX on Twitter

  • Tweet @BesticaUX your favorite and raddest song…

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Added by Melinda Luxa on April 18, 2014 at 3:17pm — No Comments

“UXers” – Who are We Anyway?

In 1981, fresh out of graduate school with a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and with 4 years’ experience working for a contract software development company as a programmer, I entered the then-just-emerging field that has evolved to be what is now generally referred to as “User Experience”…

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Added by Dr. Deborah J. Mayhew on March 25, 2014 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Simple Etiquettes to Consider During Your Interviews

Etiquette—it’s one of the most important and powerful business tools available to you. Pair it with your people skills; it will…

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Added by Nadia Hyeong on January 30, 2014 at 5:17am — No Comments

Consistency – Not Always the Hobgoblin of Little Minds

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson (from the essay “Self Reliance” first published in 1841).

There may be truth in this quote, but the key word is “foolish”.  Not all consistency is foolish.

I have been evaluating the usability of user interface designs for software applications and websites since the early 1980’s, when the field first emerged. …

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Added by Dr. Deborah J. Mayhew on January 1, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Ease of Learning vs. Ease of Use - They Aren’t the Same Thing

Many User eXperience (UX) practitioners use the two terms “ease of learning” and “ease of use” interchangeably to mean “usability”, as if they mean the same thing.  But they are not the same thing, and the distinction is important.  In addition, different user interface design strategies often achieve one at the expense of the other.

Ease of Use

Ease of use – also referred to as efficiency or productivity - refers to how quickly highly trained,…

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Added by Dr. Deborah J. Mayhew on December 5, 2013 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Big Design Conference Recap

The Big (D)esign conference returned October 17-19 to Addison (Dallas-Fort Worth) for its 5th year of UX goodness. Featuring a variety of industry professionals, the lineup was amazing and rich. Thanks to Bestica, I was afforded an opportunity to sit in with this amazing regional conference.

As Brian Sullivan, a conference organizer, pointed out…

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Added by Kristine Shuey on December 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

5 Design Components for an Optimal User Experience

When I began my career in the emerging field of software user interface design, we referred to our skill set and what we were trying to achieve as “user interface design”.  I was a “usability engineer” and what we were evolving was something called “usability engineering”.  That was back in the early 1980’s, long before the web, when those of us in the new discipline were working on desktop software applications.  Then came the web and in particular,…

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Added by Dr. Deborah J. Mayhew on November 4, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Is there a best time to start connecting with UX recruiters….YES while you are currently employed!

I know many eyebrows must have risen at this statement. But, a surveyed number may surprise you even more; almost 47% of the employers prefer their potential candidates to be currently employed. And, as a UX Recruiter that has spoken to several UX Designers, I can confidently say that starting to build a network with recruiters and keeping a good awareness about what is in the job market, while still employed, works in your advantage in making a…

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Added by Carlos Sotomayor on January 3, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Research & Design: True Collaboration

 As a UX Researcher, I thought I'd share some of the things that have best facilitated the interdisciplinary collaboration between usability researchers and designers. Please free to add to this list based on your own experience.

  1. GET DOWN INTO THE TRENCHES.  As a researcher, understand the candidate design directions.  Kneel down by the desk of the designer/research with whom you are collaborating so you are both sharing a screen. Fully grasp the design and technical limitations…
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Added by Keith Alfano on December 30, 2012 at 8:14pm — No Comments

Get your UX Portfolio working for you!

The importance of Portfolio in the design arena is undeniable. Especially with the rapidly changing UX recruiting trends and highly competitive UX job market, a well built resume is not enough to cut the bill.

As hiring managers become increasingly busy and competition hikes up for a dynamic UX job, it’s very hard for hiring managers to figure out the right design talent who will fit not just in a UX role but in the overall design philosophy of the company. And,…

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Added by Harvinder Singh on December 19, 2012 at 10:56am — No Comments

Three Things You Should Know When Attending a Design Conference

 I wanted to write blog post about my experience at the HOW Interactive Design Conference in DC. I quickly dug up my notes, found all of the hand outs I received and pulled up the website hosting all of the speakers’ presentations. I thought about all of the important things I learned and the conversations I had with my boss upon returning in an effort to convince him that we needed to start doing all of these important things right now. I tried to decide on what would be the best way to…

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Added by Erica Birkman on October 29, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Using Social Media to Find Your Ideal UX Job!

What is a Tweet? Who is on Facebook? What’s a LinkedIn Profile?

It’s fair enough to say that these questions are today obsolete!! The reach of social media and the rapid adoption of social channels are evident. Though we hear people arguing about how long the fever of social media will remain (that it might just be a phase),…

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Added by Shilpi Joshi on October 18, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Apple, iOS & Skeumorphism

In case you haven't been following the tons of articles trashing Apple's love of skeuomorhpism and praising Android's move to a minimalistic interface, I'll give a brief overview.

First, to define "skeumorphism." According to Wikipedia, skeuomorphism as used in the design world is "an element of design or structure that serves little or no purpose in the artifact fashioned from the new material but was…

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Added by Erica Birkman on September 18, 2012 at 2:35pm — No Comments

So a guy walks into to an office to do a UX pitch....

Doing a first-time UX consultation, I sometimes feel like an auto mechanic walking into a buggy shop circa 1905 and trying to tell the carriage maker that the horses will soon be outclassed. It's hard to consult from a defensive position, even when the writing is on the wall that things are changing. The main issue is that the service I offer is often seen as either redundant to current efforts or entirely unnecessary... or even nonexistent.

Even with the prevalence of social media in…

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Added by Josh Carroll on September 13, 2012 at 4:02pm — No Comments

A UX Designer

I really enjoy videos like these. Thought I'd share it with the rest of you! Enjoy! :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovj4hFxko7c&sns=em

Added by Sheena Swehla on September 11, 2012 at 6:47pm — No Comments

What are the pros and cons if a Designer has ability to write program codes?

Do you think it's advantage a Designer should learn all the web programming codes?

Please share your thoughts. Thank you!

 

Added by Joeffrey Madid on July 1, 2012 at 2:29pm — 2 Comments

Express Yourself- Gravity Free Icons and Outlaws Speaker's Video Discussions

28 Icons and Outlaw speakers from the Gravitate Free Conference are uploaded to the following website so even if you were unable to make it to the conference you can still experience every aspect of design. They include a video/photographs and biography of each speaker. My favorite speaker is at the bottom of the page named Danny Yount, a motion picture designer, his video amazed me at the conference and enlightened me again second time through. Please view them and inform me on your… Continue

Added by Sheena Swehla on June 20, 2012 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Gravity Free Conference 2012- Autodesk

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Added by Sheena Swehla on June 4, 2012 at 10:58pm — No Comments

CHI2012 - A Deep Dive into Jeff Johnson's Designing with the Mind in Mind Workshop

Thanks to Bestica’s generosity, I was able to attend the CHI2012 conference in Austin, TX in May. There were a number of great workshops and sessions that took place, but in order to do a deep dive, I have decided to focus on one particular workshop.



During CHI2012, I was fortunate enough to attend the Designing With the Mind in Mind workshop with Jeff Johnson of UI Wizards in San Francisco.  Johnson discussed in detail the…

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Added by Crystal Ehrlich on May 26, 2012 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Don't be afraid to fail-The mantra at Gravity Free 2012 Design Conference

Over the weekend, I won the Bestica Giveaway for the free tickets to the Gravity Free Conference in Chicago! I was ecstatic because I never attended anything like this before and was excited to expand my horizons.

Held at the Venue Six10 at the Spertus Institute downtown Chicago May 1 and 2, I went there not knowing what to expect. ‘Outlaws and Icons’ creatively was the name of the event, most of these speakers did not follow the norm of their time and were called…

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Added by Sheena Swehla on May 4, 2012 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

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