Convince Your Boss

Jared Spool

January 20th, 2016

You know it’s worth coming to UX Immersion: Interactions, but does your boss? Use this information and cost summary to help you get the green light.

Five Overall Benefits:

  1. Conquer chaos and confusion with simpler designs.
  2. Lead the team and stakeholders to dynamic collaboration.
  3. Overcome daunting requirements and functionality by tackling scale.
  4. Identify opportunities and inspire growth by driving strategy.
  5. Eliminate the need to hire outside UX personnel.

Proven Techniques and Best Practices for UX Designers

Go beyond inspiration and immerse yourself in groundbreaking interaction design skills you won’t find anywhere else. Get your team on the same page with proven UX methods, tools and clear-cut direction on specific actions and skills. Attend two full-day workshops and a day of talks to learn the latest strategies and techniques for building great products.

Tackle Critical UX Topics and Move Projects Forward

Summary of Costs

Use promo code UXIBen to save $200 on your full conference registration.

Item Expense
Conference fee $1,775 (through February 25)
Hotel costs $775 (for three nights)
Flight $300-600
Transportation to and from airport $15
Food $100
Total $2,965 – $3,265

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UIE Article – What Really Matters: Focusing on Top Tasks

Jared Spool

January 20th, 2016

In this week’s article Gerry McGovern talks about organizing tasks.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Top Tasks Management is a model that says: “Focus on what really matters (the top tasks) and defocus on what matters less (the tiny tasks).”

Tiny tasks are a nightmare for web teams. On their own, these tasks seem innocent enough. It’s just one more page, one more link, one more graphic. But gather them up, and many a web professional has found themselves nibbled to death.

Read the article: What Really Matters: Focusing on Top Tasks

How could your company benefit from Top Tasks Management? Share them with us below.

UIE Article: Designing Intuitive Microinteractions

Jared Spool

January 13th, 2016

This week we reprint an article where I talk about designing better microinteractions.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Wait! What did you just do there?” In this case, I had just unlocked my iPhone by sliding over a notification’s icon.

The person I was standing next to had never seen anyone unlock their phone that way. They’d had an iPhone since the very first days and had no idea you could do this.

Of course, why would they? There are no visual clues to tell you the notification icon is slideable. If you were told when you first got your phone, you probably wouldn’t remember now, unless you used it all the time.

Read the article: Designing Intuitive Microinteractions

Have you designed intuitive microinteractions? Share them with us below.

Last Chance to Keep $300 in Your Pocket

Jared Spool

January 12th, 2016

This is your last chance to save some money when you register for the UX Immersion: Interactions Conference in San Diego, April 18–20. Here’s what you’ll get when you register through Friday, January 15:

  • A coveted seat to the UX Immersion: Interactions Conference
  • Your choice of two full-day workshops
  • Your own Amazon Echo
  • Access to all the Featured Talks for you and your team for three months
  • Three months of premium access to UIE’s All You Can Learn Library

What are you waiting for? Register now to save $300. Price increases after Friday, January 15.

See you in San Diego.

UIE Article: Preventing the Executive Swoop and Poop with Design Sprints

Jared Spool

January 6th, 2016

In today’s article, I discuss how to circumvent an unnecessary executive redesign.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Teams who have regular opportunities to meet with, talk to, and most importantly, observe their users turn out better designs. We’ve found if team members spend two hours every six weeks watching their users, they bring that knowledge to their design decisions.

In our experience, the first exposure is the hardest for the team. Design sprints help tremendously, because usability tests are built into the process. Once a team has that initial influx of data, subsequent sessions become easier to execute. When the executive shows up to review the design, the team will have the data from their repeated exposures to bring to the table.

Read the article: Preventing the Executive Swoop and Poop with Design Sprints

What is the process in your design sprints? Tell us about it below.

You Can Still Get the Lowest Registration Rate for UX Immersion: Interactions.

Jared Spool

January 6th, 2016

Three reasons to register for UX Immersion: Interactions

  • The lowest full conference rate of $1,475 is extended through January 15
  • You get an Amazon Echo with your full conference registration
  • This conference will sell out

Move beyond inspiration and immerse yourself at the UX Immersion: Interactions conference in San Diego, CA, April 18–20, 2016.

Six industry leaders teach master-grade workshops on groundbreaking interaction design skills you won’t find anywhere else plus a keynote from Jared Spool.

Chris Risdon
Marc Rettig
Immerse Yourself in the Conference

Navigation: Oh, The Places You Were Trying to Go – UX Immersion Podcast

Sean Carmichael

January 5th, 2016


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UX Immersion podcast

There’s a saying that you can’t know where you are going unless you know where you come from. Designing navigation for enterprise applications is a journey unto itself. One that UX Immersion speaker, Hagan Rivers is quite familiar with.

In this podcast, listen as Jared Spool discusses the importance of clear navigation systems in enterprise applications with special guest Hagan Rivers. They explore techniques for tackling complex navigation, how screen codes are perfect for those with in-depth experience, and how a balance with ease-of-learning is critical.

When you’re sitting face to face with the wilderness that is an enterprise application, a map and compass would serve you well. Unless you’re a tracker, know which side moss grows on a tree, or can follow the stars, you’re likely not going to be able to navigate through on your own, much less find shortcuts and become proficient.

Hagan will be joining us in San Diego, CA on April 18–20 for our UX Immersion: Interactions conference. She’ll be teaching a daylong workshop on how to guide users through the wilderness. For more information, visit

Recorded: December, 2015
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UIE Article: Jedi Designer Tricks for Exploring Multiple Variations

Jared Spool

December 30th, 2015

In today’s article, I discuss the advantages of multiple design variations.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Pushing beyond the obvious alternatives is what Chris calls “leaving the comfort zone.” Sometimes, by giving ourselves a little time and space, we can find additional variations that didn’t suggest themselves immediately, and these can have elements which are better than what we originally came up with.

We use these generative design techniques to explore possibilities. We haven’t spent a lot of time on each one, so we have more time to generate new variations. In turn, we learn more about the problem’s landscape.

Read the article: Jedi Designer Tricks for Exploring Multiple Variations

What are your Jedi designer tricks? Tell us about it below.

Improve Your UX Skills with These 9 Videos

Jared Spool

December 29th, 2015

Spark Productive Change in Your Organization with UI20 OnDemand

UI20 OnDemand brings best practices and cutting edge techniques to help you understand your users’ needs and create experiences that engage and delight.

Nine UX experts share the latest techniques, proven practices and important UX ideas. Use these videos for team lunch and learns or individual training.

Pay just $99 for lifetime access to all nine videos, and if you’re part of a team, everyone gets access.

Kim Goodwin
Marc Stickdorn

Service Design

Marc Stickdorn

Erika Hall
Jeff Gothelf

Lean UX

Jeff Gothelf

Nathan Curtis

Design Systems

Nathan Curtis

Steph Hay
Jenn Lukas

Mastering CSS

Jenn Lukas

Bruce McCarthy

UX Roadmaps

Bruce McCarthy

Price increases January 24, 2016.

Use your remaining 2015 UX budget dollars for…

Jared Spool

December 18th, 2015

We’re already thinking about 2016, and know you are too. Get your team on the same page with proven UX methods and tools. Got some leftover 2015 budget money? Here’s where you can put it to use:


Got $249?

UIE's All You Can Learn Library.  Watch, listen, and learn from the world's best UX experts.

Visit the All You Can Learn Library for hundreds of UX presentations on relevant and timely topics—watch, listen & learn. For $249 Get an Entire Year’s Access.


Got $1,475?

UX Immersion: Interactions.  A UX Conference Unlike Any Other.  April 18-20, 2016 in San Diego, CA.

Get our lowest price for UX Immersion: Interactions, plus you’ll receive an Amazon ECHO. If you’re going to be competitive, your products & services better have a great experience. This conference will show you how. For $1,475 Save Your Spot.


Got $7,500?

Jared Spool Visits You.  Have Jared give his world-famous talks right at your office

Gain the competitive advantage of experience design by having Jared Spool engage with members of your organization. Take the first step and start the conversation, because Jared’s calendar does fill up fast. Starting at $7,500, Jared Spool will come to you.