THINK, MAKE, CHECK...it is that simple and it is profoundly effective…great user experience can be achieved at start-up speed!
I recently attended a LUXi, the Lean User Experience Intensive facilitated by Lane Halley & Josh Seiden of LUXr. The 2-day, hands-on, workshop is designed to teach entrepreneurs how they can achieve "predictable, high-quality, high-velocity user experience outcomes" using Lean UX Principals and I am really excited to share what I learned.
The traditional user experience process is normally long and expensive and that makes it challenging for startups to get p
Mentors & Motivators is a series of blog posts interviewing some women who are accomplishing some amazing things with the hope that their stories will encourage, inspire, and motivate you in your career, business, or personal life.
Meet Nina Walia. Nina is a Creative Strategist and Producer of Engaging Cross-Platform Experiences. She has overseen interaction design and content development of websites and games for the Webby-award winning pbskids.org since 2004.
Never let someone else tell you that you don’t belong at the table – most of all yourself. Remember how cruci
Through my role in Webgrrls International and as the NYC Webgrrls chapter leader, I have the privilege and the opportunity to meet some very interesting and inspirational women whose stories are not shared widely enough nor loudly enough.
We are launching a series of blog posts interviewing some women who are accomplishing some amazing things with the hope that their stories will encourage, inspire, and motivate you in your career, business, or personal life.
Meet Cheryl Platz. Cheryl is a User Experience Designer at Microsoft (server and management studios team) and Board Member/Market
Web 2.0 brought with it the explosion of rich internet applications that work over the web and allow users to not just read content but interact with applications. As users use our web applications, and with so many options out there, I believe that the User Interface of your application is the difference between user adoption....and ultimately success and failure. As a web 2.0 company you are now forced to create simple and elegant solutions that create the shortest paths from start to finish for your application tasks.
Whether you are a designer, developer, writer, marketer, you need
When you hear about voting technology and electronic ballots, it’s almost never without a mention of the election snafu of 2000. Remember that doozy? Remember pregnant chads, butterfly ballots, and election workers squinting at punch cards in what must have been the most boring job ever? If anything could have spurred us to adopt full-on nationwide electronic balloting, that was it. And yet, ten years later, even here in high-tech San Francisco, we vote (at least at my polling place) by connecting arrows with a magic marker.
Electronic voting is actually a broad term, encompassing voting
When I found out that Google just celebrated its 11th birthday last weekend, I couldn’t help but think about how integral it has been to my Internet experience, and the experiences of countless of other users all over the world. I find myself using Google as my main online search site whenever I want to find something fast, and I am always amazed how much more extensive and precise the results of my web searches are compared to those performed on other sites. It is believed to be the most visited site on Earth, which should come to no surprise to anyone. Even the word Google is a household n
Web designers & developers are constantly searching to find the best practices for guiding the user through completing a specific action or task on a website. And as more and more complex applications come online, and there is more and more user interaction with those applications, the problem to present information in a meaningful way for the user to interact with in those applications, becomes increasingly difficult.
But designers no longer have to work in a vacuum to figure out the solutions. They can now leverage all of the expertise, user behavior analysis, and best practices of th
I’m sure quite of few of you are already in book clubs, but I wanted to recommend one you might want to consider. In your current book club, you probably get together with your friends every so often as an excuse to drink wine while chatting about the plot and characters. But what if you had that same experience except you discussed professional books? Check out a new site the organizes book clubs for user experience professionals.
I work in online user experience for Barnes & Noble, so this is right up my alley. Plus, I’m always hesitant to join book clubs with friends because I
You probably know someone with a Flip, the pocket-size camera that lets people shoot a video with the push of a button. It’s small enough to carry with you at all times, and it has a USB plug built in that lets you quickly upload content to the web. I’ve heard people refer to it as the “YouTube Camera” because this small device enables any average joe to easily get content published for the world to see.
I recently discovered a wonderful new use for the Flip: user testing. The small device allows user experience professionals to effortlessly capture user tests while allowing them
Online gaming is huge. I tried to find out just how huge is huge, but I had a hard time getting up-to-date statistics. According to an article on BNET about online gaming statistics, 200 million people were playing online games in August of 2007. Most of those people were playing action/adventure/roll-playing games, puzzles, and sports.
But with so many companies climbing on board to produce games, many end up with sub-par user experiences. Mark Hurst of Creative Good started a list of games with great user experiences. It’s a lengthy list of games ranging from 2005 to present. He has eve
In today’s world, it’s hard to take time out of work and life to attend conferences. And in today’s economy, many of us are opting to save the money needed to attend these conferences. But for anyone who missed the 10th Anniversary IA Summit that was held in Memphis, TN on March 20 through 22, you can still catch some of the sessions online.
Several of the staff at Boxes and Arrows captured many of the main sessions and posted them on their site. As of now, they seem to have posted everything except Days 2 and 3. But they have a message up saying that more sessions should be rolling i
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, TX. My colleagues and past attendees told me it was a “must attend” event and I have to tell you that it was great fun, exciting, inspiring and, of course, productive. Full disclosure - Webgrrls International was a media sponsor for the event
The SXWSi team put together an amazingly well organized and coordinated conference featuring five days of thoughtful and thought provoking sessions, amazing people to meet and really fun parties. According to the SXSW team, “the event celebrates th
We all want to grow and expand our brands, but a recent move by Tropicana reminds us why we need to make the shift slowly so we’re still recognizable to customers. Along with many others, I recently was perplexed by Tropicana’s new packaging.
A few weeks ago, I was heading to a friend’s house for brunch. I had been asked to pick up orange juice, and the host specifically requested Tropicana. I popped into my neighborhood grocery store and wandered to the OJ section, but I couldn’t find the Tropicana. After scanning the refrigerator shelves, I noticed a Tropicana bottle that said “
Tired of carrying around your Blackberry, iPhone, and still having to check your home machine? Google may be swooping in once again to help us manage our information (and device) overload.
Back in 2007, Google bought a company called GrandCentral. The original GrandCentral had many incredible features to offer customers who have multiple phones to manage:
Single phone number in the area code of your choice. When anyone called this number, all connected devices rang simultaneously.
Singe voice mail box and management
Ability to have different voicemail greeting per caller