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Omaha.com redesign launches tomorrow

Sporting new features like “Story comments via Facebook” and (not to spoil it) the #1 reason of “Three words: It’s just better,” the Omaha World Herald is launching its long overdue website overhaul tomorrow. Looking through the top 10 reasons to check out their new website it seems to boil down to two main reasons: […]

Mobile Site vs. Full Site — commentary on Jakob Nielsen’s lightning rod post

  Recently, Jakob Nielsen posted an AlertBox called Mobile Site vs. Full Site — www.useit.com — Readability. In it, he argues that when designing for mobile, it is best to keep the mobile version separate from the desktop version—in essence two (or even three!) unique websites. “Two designs, two sites, and cross-linking to make it all […]

Sketching, Personas and the Nintendo Power Glove

At my day job, our UX team is, well, fledgling. One reason I wanted to learn about UX at this year’s SXSW is to learn more about bringing a user-focused culture to my team. Today’s first session, Bootcamp for a UX Team of None was ideal for beginning to answer these questions and the panelists gave […]

UX and Psychology FTW

Shuttles again were a problem, but we were able to come in a little late to the first session of the day on using HTML5 and JavaScript to build apps. It sounded really good, but it was definitely for developers, not designers. Next up, though, was a panel called “UX Smackdowns: Usability techniques in the […]

Shuttle troubles, meeting Erin Kissane, and more rain

The beginning of SXSW day 2 brought more disatisfaction with the R&R Limo and Bus transportation service. There were some reports of waiting over an hour and others missing some of today’s sessions. Today was also the first full day of sessions at SXSWi and the day of Trey Ratcliff’s photowalk. It began with “Brands as […]

Users, customers, and the personas that define them

Alan Cooper talked yesterday about users and customers. Years ago when a company would release a piece of software, the user was the customer. Today with the advent of Facebook and Twitter, the user is becoming separated more and more from the customer. You might argue that the advertiser is the real customer now and […]

Staying dry at SXSW, day 1

Jared Spool tweeted that “This year’s killer app at SxSW is the umbrella.” Definitely not far off as rain pummeled the area all day and there’s bound to be more tomorrow. South by Southwest kicked off for me with “Designing for Context” (slides) where a bunch of former Adaptive Path people talked about how a […]

Suggestions welcome

One of the great things about SXSW is how big it is. The moment you step on the plane to Austin, you can sense it. When you get to the Austin Airport, signs are everywhere welcoming you to SXSW. There is something about it that makes you feel a part of a much bigger thing, […]

SXSW 2012: the sequel

It’s that time of year again. I’m heading down to Austin, TX to take part in SXSW 2012. One of the great things about SXSW is that it is so big, you can make it about whatever you want. There are sessions on just about anything you can imagine. This year, I’ve chosen to focus […]

Not My Job

Session 3: Not My Job: The Ultimate Content Strategy Smackdown I first noticed that SXSW really does have 14,000+ people coming when I was at this session. 15 minutes before it started, there were no empty seats and 130 people waiting outside. It was clear why, these people are smart, and we had a lot […]