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Build Your UX Culture

Trouble selling your company or client on your UX work? This article has some practical advice. Now, more than ever before, I find myself fighting a different kind of fight, to ensure that teams allocate the proper time to User Experience for us to be effective. Read the article

Your Guide to Workshop Conferences

Tired of sitting in a big room listening to someone pontificate about their recent success? So was I until I started attending workshops instead of conferences.

Error Messages Are Evil

Don Norman, author of several books including The Design of Everyday Things, writes that error messages punish people for not behaving like machines. The result is users frustrated at confrontational software that throws out perfectly good work. The way forward is to stop punishing and start collaborating. This article begins that thought transition. Read full article […]

The Dribbblisation of Design

It is so easy to think of “Design” as making beautiful, pixel-perfect interfaces, but in reality, Design is far more than that. In this article, the author argues for a view of design that goes far deeper than the visual design layer. In fact, Paul Adams, the author, discusses 4 distinct layers. Outcome Structure Interaction […]

From Vision to Value: Techniques for Demonstrating the Benefits of Design

Recently, I wrote a post for the Cooper Journal, a resource that has been extremely helpful to me in the past. Here, I examine helping the in-house UX team communicate the value of design to both peers and those in upper management using techniques I learned at Cooper’s Design Leadership training. Bottom line: You sell design […]

Is it Time for Content Marketers to Abandon Facebook?

As a small business owner, writer, or content creator, it is tempting to consider using Facebook or some other platform as the place to go to for your content. Unfortunately, what you’re doing is described in this article as “sharecropping,” putting your hard work into building decent content that ultimately belongs to someone else. Instead, […]

Email Reengagement: Is it Time to Say Goodbye?

Over time, email lists experience attrition (email subscribers disengaging). This article by BlueHornet’s Vice President of Strategic Services, Kara Trivunovic discusses ways companies try to solve this issue. Keeping subscribers engaged is a longtime favorite topic of discussion. But over the last few years, as more inbox providers have adopted engagement as an inbox placement […]

What Starbucks Gets that Architects Don’t

User Experience design is not solely for digital products, it’s for any time human needs are involved. This article discusses how UX methods, particularly ethnographic research Dear architects,You’re outdated. I know this because I once was one of you. But now I’ve moved on. I moved on because despite your love of a great curve, […]

Lean UX: An Interview with Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden

Great interview with Jeff Gothelf on Lean UX. From time to time, we revive our in-house book club to catch up on new themes, practices, or ideas out there in the design world. This month, we’re reading Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles. Read on Cooper’s website

Notes from the Keynote: LCMC13 Day 1

Just the raw notes for now, folks. Tweet out using #lcmc13 What the Five(ish) The web could have been a fad. Five foundations that have changed in the consumer mindset that companies are doing nothing about.  Power of Direct Relationships  The war you’re in is with all those in the value chain of your customer […]