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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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Music on Websites

Music on Websites

While exploring the option of spending a couple weeks in Italy in a dance intensive, I visited the site of the recommended hotel: Park Hotel La GraveIn process my computer crashed and on reload Firefox reloaded all my open tabs. Then as if from no where, there was music filling the air on a constant ...
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Common Misconceptions About UX Design

Common Misconceptions About UX Design

Whitney Hess recently published an article on mashable.com called 10 Most Common Misconceptions About User Experience Design.The short version that UXD is not is as follows:…user interface design…a step in the process…about technology…just about usability…just about the user…expensive… ...
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Integrating Accessibility into the Design Process

Integrating Accessibility into the Design Process

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Integrating Accessibility Into The Design ProcessView more presentations from Ruth Ellison.A little while ago I wrote about the importance of ensuring that you have accessibility on your web sites and applications. Here Ruth illustrates how to ensure that accessibility is considered within the desig ...
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Human Motivation as a Way to Understand User Goals

Human Motivation as a Way to Understand User Goals

Below is a summary of the original post, found here:- Originally written by Stefan Klocek on October 20, 2008...Users enjoy the satisfaction of achieving their goals. User goals help us focus our design on solving meaningful problems for the user. If we design with the user's goals in mind, in the b ...
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Feng Shui the Web

Feng Shui the Web

One thing we as interaction designers struggle with is how to explain what we do.Whether our title is User Experience Architect, Information Architect, User Experience Designer, or Interaction Designer, the question of "What do you do for a living?" inevitably ends with a blank stare.A co-worker say ...
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Rethinking Customer Experience

Rethinking Customer Experience

I am thinking of writing a paper for the IA Summit around change management, customer service, and user experience, "Rethinking customer service through the eyes of user experience".  In initial research I am finding I am not the only one that's starting to think about this.  I found Brandon Schau ...
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The Interface of a Cheeseburger

The Interface of a Cheeseburger

In this article, Oliver Reichenstein, talks about the everyday user experience and why our favorite products become our favorites.----------------------------------All things have an interface. Shaping interfaces is shaping the character of things. The brand is what transports the character of thing ...
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