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…

Iterative Fidelity Development: Part III (of 3)
The New Framework

Part II discussed some of our major realizations around how to best align Agile development and great UX. One of the key takeaways was that iterations should increase the fidelity of the product and not the functionality of the product. To this end, we redesigned…

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…

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…

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…