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”…Continue
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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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“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. …Continue
Added by Dr. Deborah J. Mayhew on January 1, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Dr. Deborah J. Mayhew on December 5, 2013 at 4:16pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kristine Shuey on December 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Dr. Deborah J. Mayhew on November 4, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Carlos Sotomayor on January 3, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Keith Alfano on December 30, 2012 at 8:14pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Harvinder Singh on December 19, 2012 at 10:56am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Erica Birkman on October 29, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
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),…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Erica Birkman on September 18, 2012 at 2:35pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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Do you think it's advantage a Designer should learn all the web programming codes?
Please share your thoughts. Thank you!
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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…
Added by Crystal Ehrlich on May 26, 2012 at 2:40pm — No Comments
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…Continue
When I finished my Ph.D. program 5 years ago and accepted my first UX position as a Usability Analyst, I fell victim to certain mistakes, or ways of thinking, that I would have loved to have avoided. So if there are any recent grads (undrgrad or grad school) out there that are about to accept, or have recently accepted, a User Experience job in a corporate environment, I wanted to share a few things that might help you better adapt to your new role. And if there are others out there with…Continue