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Userability Podcasts: The Most Entertaining 12 Minutes in UX

Back in February we introduced a new podcast series – the Userability Show. We think they’re some of the most entertaining and educational podcasts available on UX. Since it’s inception, we’ve answered questions ranging from design exploration, career changes from coding to interface design and usability, and the most common UIs that confuse or impede the average user. Robert Hoekman […]

Web Anatomy: Effective Interaction Design with Frameworks

When starting a new design project, whether it’s a design-from-scratch or an upgrade beyond existing functionality, much of what we are about to do has been done before. How do you make sure you’ve got everything the user will expect? Even the most thought out design requirements (and most, unfortunately, aren’t too well thought out) […]

An Agile UX Primer – March 4 UIE Virtual Seminar with Jeff Patton

Every design team has a design process.  Hopefully, one that meets deadlines, on budget, with the limited resources at your disposal.  Have you been exposed to Agile?  It’s one solution to consider, and the topic of our next Virtual Seminar. In this presentation, Jeff Patton will discuss the essentials of Agile Development, the distinct culture […]

Userability: Seriously Seeking UX Questions

Have a design question you’re dying to get an answer to? Well, look no further. (For the answer, that is.) Robert Hoekman, world famous author of Designing the Obvious and Designing the Moment, and I, Jared M. Spool, a person who co-authored a book in 1996 that you’ve probably never seen, are joining forces to […]

Review of Designing for Sign-up Virtual Seminar

Last month, Deb Brown at Aligned Structures wrote up a great review of Joshua Porter’s recent UIE Virtual Seminar, Designing for Signup: Yesterday I attended an outstanding seminar by Joshua Porter produced by those great folks at UIE (yep shameless Ak’ing there.):) The topic was Designing for Sign-up. What struck me the most about the […]

Boston CHI UX Seminars

Here in the Boston area, we’ve got some great UX talent. Folks like Chauncey Wilson, Deb Mayhew, Mary Beth Rettger, Lynn Cherny, and Lisa Neal Gautieri have been working in the business for many years, developing and refining their practices. And now you can have a chance to learn from them. On January 23, the […]

@SemanticWill’s Process of Wireframing

Over at Semantic Foundry, designer extraordinaire, Will Evans, has a wonderful essay explaining how he uses wireframing as both a problem setting and a problem solving approach. I pick my primary audience and the one activity which allows them to solve one goal quickly, effortlessly, elegantly. In this case, the primary audience wants to easily […]

Free Download: Is IT Ready for Experience Design?

Earlier this year, Carolyn Snyder and the good folks at the Cutter Consortium asked me to write an article for the Cutter IT Journal. Several weeks later, I submitted Is IT Ready for Experience Design? I wrote this essay for IT managers and CIOs looking to understand what it means to create great experiences for […]

UIEtips: Ideal UX Team Makeup – Specialists, Generalists, or Compartmentalists

The User Experience world is filled with many disciplines: information architecture, user researcher, interaction design, copywriting, and visual design — to name just a few. Each of these disciplines have a rich history, a deep knowledge base, and an extensive tool set. Each takes a lifetime to master. While the successful team needs all of […]

Browser Compatibility: Asked & Answered

A client wrote in and asked a question that I didn’t know the answer to, so I posted it to the twitter: Where would you send a client looking for an article on designing for different browsers and conducting browser-compatibility testing? One of the downsides of being a researcher and never actually doing the hard […]