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[Mobile] First Time User Experiences

[Mobile] First Time User Experiences

Have you ever heard of the First Time Mobile User Experience blog? No?  You should check it out if you do any design for mobile (or products) and you're thinking about how to create that "gotcha" sort of experience. Krystal Higgins does a fantastic job of exploring the latest first time user experi ...
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The Dismal Experience of 3D Game Engines

The Dismal Experience of 3D Game Engines

For as long as I can recall I have loved games. My very first memory of playing games involve good times with my family. When I was about 7 my Dad brought hom an Atari system and my brother and I spent hours in front of that thing playing PacMan, Centipede, and well more PacMan. I can still recall p ...
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Notes from Designing with Remote Teams Webinar

Notes from Designing with Remote Teams Webinar

Jeff Gothelf recently spoke through an UIE webinar about how to design with teams working remotely. Here's my notes.Viewpoints on working remotelyYahoo CEO made headlines with pushing everyone to start coming into the office rather than working remotely.She felt there were two separate cult ...
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Your Help Is Hurting

Your Help Is Hurting

A friend posted this link to a Forbes article about how philanthropy tends to hurt rather than help. The basic premise can be summarize in this quote below:"When you try to help, you try to give things, you start to have the consequences. There’s an author Bob Lupton, who really nails it when he s ...
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Open Letter to the SF Taxi Commission

Open Letter to the SF Taxi Commission

Let me start by pointing out that I am well travelled and have lived in many different places, most notably New York City and London, England. Hence, I’m well versed in the use of cabs and their reliability or lack thereof.In London, black cabs spend two years driving around the city with a list o ...
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Win 8 is Unusable

Win 8 is Unusable

Brian did a 30 day test of the Windows 8 experience and pieced together this rather amusing list of "what not to do". The short version is that Windows had made a series of decisions which as he said makes the OS completely unusable.Brian did a 30 day test of the Windows 8 experience and pieced toge ...
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[Video] Participating in the Awesome Hack

[Video] Participating in the Awesome Hack

Categories Hackathons
AwesomeHack from Muse Factory on Vimeo.What happens when a start up, "hires" (offers equity) for a weekend worth of work from trained professionals?I'm so glad I had the opportunity to participate in the Awesome Hack put on by Muse Factory. I worked on both UX and visual design and had a blast with ...
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Ajax – Tips & Tricks: Avoiding Pitfalls

Ajax – Tips & Tricks: Avoiding Pitfalls

Categories Code, Seminar Notes
Derek Featherstone speaks in this UIE seminar about how "incorporating Ajax into your design can dramatically impact a user’s experience on your site. This is my notes from the seminar.---------------------------You can improve flow, reduce errors, and improve satisfaction." However, "you can also ...
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Straight Forward Banking with Simple

Straight Forward Banking with Simple

If you're in UX and you've been around in the last year or two, you may have picked up on the buzz around Simple. The new startup bank that is looking to create a "simple" bank experience. Most people would say they've practically been on hands and knees for years begging for this. Well, look no fur ...
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We’ve Done All This Research, Now What?

We’ve Done All This Research, Now What?

Steve Portigal did a workshop, "Well we've done all this research, now what?", at the IxDA SF Redux in March 2010. Here's my notes from the talk.---------------------------------------------------The highlights of his presentation are as follows:- In order to be able to act on the data you gather, m ...
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