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…

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…

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…

Using Font Awesome icons outside the browser

Over the last year, we’ve become fans of Font Awesome – the iconic font designed for use with Bootstrap. We have used Font Awesome icons in MyUW Mobile and most recently in the UW Event Calendar redesign. In fact, we like Font Awesome so much…

AngularJS Quickstart for Designers

Within the past year, our organization has gone through some major technology changes. Although the changes have been productive for our developers, they often result in some amount of challenges for designers, as we need to keep up with the rapid pace of change. As…

Realizations in Design: Drifting Into Madness

While there is much to be said, homage to be made to our generous muse– User Centered Design (UCD) –there is a way of a siren about her. Lost in her song, we Designers are prone to drift for days in a trance, toward fractured…

UX@UW Roundtable: Designing in the Browser

Over the last year many blog posts have appeared on the web about the benefits and consequences of “designing in the browser,” which simply means foregoing the traditional use of image manipulation tools like Photoshop in the process of crafting visual mockups of a design…

Innovation Produces Fascinating Corpses: Part III

My house is filling with beautiful sound emanating from my living room speakers. It is a single tape loop playing and it has been playing for the last 45 minutes. At first I was entranced by it, then lulled into meditation, and now fully contemplating…

Premature implementation: Taking our time to do mobile the right way

Lately, I have been hearing the internets buzzing about Responsive Web Design (RWD) as being the be-all and end-all of modern web design practice. There are both positive and negative blog posts about RWD – this one in particular is not intended to be either….

Innovation Produces Fascinating Corpses: Part II

Looking over the archive of old innovation projects that lay in various states of documentation and completion, I get the feeling of surveying of a beach littered with grand corpses of fascinating creatures in various states of decay. Being a sympathetic soul, one might be…