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UX of Automated Systems

UX of Automated Systems

It can be said, I believe, that most of us hate automated systems. If given the option, we'd rather talk to a live human than a system.Today, it seems the automated system is taking over and the human touch is becoming a thing of the past.This is a great cost saving device for companies but could ve ...
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Consumers, Design, & Strategy

Consumers, Design, & Strategy

I use my Twitter account mainly for work and gathering information from my friends about the latest and greatest going on in the UX community. With following 88 rather active Twitters, it's often hard to keep up with all the articles they post so in an effort to not only summarize for myself but als ...
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FOWA (London): Work/Life Balance

FOWA (London): Work/Life Balance

Is the future of digital a 4 day work week?Or will we work harder to become millionaires in 3 years? Tune in and find out. ...
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Mafia Wars (on Facebook) and Friend Invites

Mafia Wars (on Facebook) and Friend Invites

Recently as I have been between consulting gigs I have been playing a lot of Mafia Wars on Facebook. I started playing in hopes that if I had an interview with Zynga (the creators of the game) that I would have something to talk about.However that interview never came. Meanwhile I ended up engrossed ...
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Talking to Others About What We Do

Talking to Others About What We Do

(Or how I embarrassed myself in front of a room full of people.)I've been at a negotiation seminar all weekend when during the last day I went up on stage to share my 30 second escalator speech. I delivered it only to be told I was insulting my client! I said, after several edits, "Who I work with i ...
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Surviving A Downturn (User Experience)

Surviving A Downturn (User Experience)

Be Kaler Blake (Aquent UK) and Gerred Blyth (Lighthouse Experience) recently presented the following presentation on surviving the current economic downturn:UK UPA: User Experience In A Downturn View more presentations from Uk Upa. Key Takeaways: 1) Thinking about user experience for projects: - Pus ...
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IxDA 09 Redux SF

IxDA 09 Redux SF

I went to the SF Redux of Interaction 09 and had a great time not only getting to know some new people but also learning more about Interaction Design. Here's some quick thoughts and notes of what I saw:------Steve Portigal was up first to walk us through his sold out workshop called, "Well, we did ...
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Why We Should Define UXD

Why We Should Define UXD

The San Francisco division of the IxDA recently held a "redo" of the recent Interaction 09 Conference in Vancover. The slide that left me most moved was the one below:This slide opened my eyes to how vital it is that we define user experience. After all if we do not define what we do then we risk no ...
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Pattie Maes & Pranav Mistry: Unveiling the “Sixth Sense,” game-changing wearable tech

Pattie Maes & Pranav Mistry: Unveiling the “Sixth Sense,” game-changing wearable tech

Pattie Maes & Pranav Mistry demonstrate a "Minority Report" type of interactive gaming. How would this change the way we interact with the web and games in general. User experience of the future goes 3D? ...
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Information Architecture Principles

Information Architecture Principles

This is a great article defining IA Principles:--------------------------Information architects still struggle to define the design principles that operate in their environment. Today I would like to give a set of design principles that was developed with an Information Architect a while ago. Design ...
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