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…

When designing for Android, forget iOS

By the numbers Android and iOS are the two leading mobile platforms, together accounting for nearly 98% of mobile traffic on UW web services. With the successful launch of SpaceScout for iOS we felt it was time to start looking into designing for the Android…

Review: Any.DO Task Organizer

Several months ago, in an effort to become more organized and better track my tasks I abandoned my trusty pen and paper to-do list in favor of an app for my Android phone. I scanned the Play store and downloaded the top three free apps…

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…