Letter to future UXD applicants.

Hi, future User Experience Designer (UXD) position applicants. While I may not know you personally, I’m beginning to feel familiar enough with you to comfortably generalize your entire being into one not-entirely abstract entity. You want a Design job, right? And you realize that you…

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Love your Process, Not Your Product.

This is a short talk I gave at Puget Sound World Usability Day (PSWUD) 2014. “The more one judges, the less one loves” – Honoré de Balzac, Physiologie Du Mariage Love is the pulling of an ‘other’ from the external void and into the warm…

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Iterative Fidelity Development: Part I (of 3)
The UX of Agile

Agile in Theory “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. “ – Twelve Principles of Agile Software I have never understood the supposed incompatibility between Agile Development and User Experience (UX) Design. The Agile Manifesto and…

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Why UX?

I recently spoke to a development group in UW-IT about how they might integrate UX thinking into their daily work. They are in a good place. Everyone —from the administration to the project teams— has bought into the idea of UX, but they just weren’t…

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Notes from an UX Consultation

During one of our recent UX consultations– as is often the case– we hosted members of a UW department who needed some help navigating the early stages of a full-site redesign.  The current site, everyone agreed was confusing and not helpful in allowing users to…

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Dropbox & Anvil, Quick and Easy Web Server for the Mac

While faculty and staff at the UW have always had access to personal web servers, I have often found the process quite unpleasant to manage when doing active web development. More specifically, if you are having to work on multiple projects and rely solely on…

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CodeKit, A Front End Development Timesaver

We do a lot of HTML/CSS prototyping and front-end development on the UX team. We are always looking for ways to save time and simplify our process and a new tool, CodeKit, has been a great asset. CodeKit is a front end development tool that…

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