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MIX11: Mind Bending UX – UX Lightning Sessions


April 14th, 2011

“Mind Bending UX” Lightning session with Arturo Toledo, Sean Gerety, Rick Barraza, Robby Ingebretsen. Follow along @ReadyDesignLive.

The session is now posted on Microsoft’s Channel 9:


As this is a live-blog, please read from the bottom of the page, upwards.

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MIX11: Crafty UX – UX Lightening Series


April 13th, 2011

Liveblog of “Crafty UX – UX Lightening Series”, an hour long session with four speakers presenting at “lightening” speed. Sarah Summers, Nathan Moody, Robert Tuttle, and Guido Rosso will each present a 10 minute talk about UX.

Session video now posted on Microsoft’s Channel 9:


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Pandora Feature I’d Like to See

Other Stuff

March 1st, 2011

Pandora Slider

I was talking with a friend recently and discovered he and I have entirely different wishes from Pandora radio. Most days, I want to hear as much new music as possible, influenced by my favorites. He, on the other hand, would prefer to use Pandora more like a playlist and hear songs he’s marked as favorites far more often than he does. Of course Pandora isn’t just a cloud-hosted playlist tool, but I can conceive of a spectrum like the one pictured above. Some days I’m more on one end than the other, and it would be cool to be able to tell Pandora that. I’m envisioning the default being smack in the middle.


GDBD: The AllRecipes Cross-Platform Ecosystem

Good Design Bad Design, Web Design

February 22nd, 2011

First, let me just say that I hate cooking. There’s work on either end, usually while hungry on the one side and lazy on the other. To me, the only thing worse than cooking is all the dishes you have to do afterwards. Anyway, I’ve found the AllRecipes apps are so well designed, the geek in me is soothed enough to make the cooking experience much more pleasant; almost, dare I say it, enjoyable.

AllRecipes iPad Splash Screen

The Verdict: Good Design!

The Takeaways:

  1. Designing for the total user experience is more relevant than ever with cross-platform applications, and doing a good job at this makes both Web and smartphone applications stand out above the competition.
  2. Excellent cross-platform functionality makes other design flaws easier to forgive.
  3. Leveraging communities brings additional value to information which could otherwise be found elsewhere.

The Details

AllRecipes has done a fantastic job of integrating their website, which clearly came first, with their iPad and iPhone apps. Keep Reading

GDBD: Good Design, Bad Design

Good Design Bad Design

January 22nd, 2011

Ok, so I’m a designer, right? I go through my day and I see all kinds of little things that either drive me crazy or impress me with their design — and as an effort to get more in the designer headspace, I’m trying to notice them even more. Unfortunately, sometimes my husband just doesn’t get it when I start analyzing the layout of a billboard or crooning over the ergonomic rubber grip of a new kitchen utensil. Rather than boring him with all the gory details, I’ve decided to do a new little now-and-again segment here called “Good Design, Bad Design” (GDBD for short), in which I look at products, software, or whatever strikes my fancy and point out how awesome they are, or how much they suck and why.

I’m not trying to minimize the effort put in by the various product designers and UI experts out there, nor am I presuming my stamp of approval on their awesomeness means diddly squat. But just like a painter sees the world through a lens of composition and color palettes and a photographer starts thinking often of depth-of-field and lighting, as a designer, I’ve started seeing the world in terms of usability, aesthetics, and problem solving, and doing so helps me to do my own job better.

So, without further ado, I’ll get on to work on my first post in the GDBD series…

Total Experience Design – Why Should a Web Designer Care?

Web Design

August 7th, 2010

Paul Dawson of EMC Consulting

Paul Dawson of EMC Consulting

This is a guest post graciously contributed by Paul Dawson, who spoke at MIX10 about Total Experience Design. He runs a consulting blog and is Experience Director at EMC Consulting, one of the largest digital interactive agencies in Europe and about to go global. EMC bought Paul’s previous company, Conchango, about three years ago. He’s been in “new media” since it was — “new” that is, working on early day websites and multimedia work from 1996. Now he works with clients like Tesco, Virgin Atlantic and Barclays on digital experience strategies, as well as making the rounds talking about EMC Consulting’s approach to design; particularly their “Total Experience Design” philosophy. Keep Reading

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