November 13th, 2012

Whither “User Experience Design”?

Like a lot of folks, I find the term “user experience design” awkward and unsatisfying, at once vague and grandiose, and not accurately descriptive of what I do. Too often it seems like a term untethered, in search of something — anything — we might use it to name. And yet I often call myself…

August 21st, 2012

Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths

Designing from the inside out

If you can place your core offering firmly at the center of your design, then all other elements in the site help both the users and the business reach their goals.

Kalbach and Lindemann show how the Core+Paths method keeps the design focused on your goals.

June 18th, 2012

The Past and Future of Experience Design

What a difference 10 years make

Once there was a big debate on: Is experience design about online and mobile interfaces or is it something more?

Ten years later, not only is it part of our professional language, designers are exploring its potential, learning from everything from science fiction to behavioral psychology.

As the web design community explores using game design principles in our work, we must be aware of how and when they are appropriate.

Christina Wodtke takes a closer look at two key principles, mastery and flow, and explains how we might use them in application design.

May 30th, 2012

Information Architecture, A Global Perspective

A Conversation with Jessica DuVerneay

In this podcast, Jeff Parks talks with Jessica DuVerneay, the Global Director for the first annual World Information Architecture Day, held in February 2012.

From the early Christians to the Eames, we’ve been telling stories in space. Now that media installations are becoming more prevalent, how do we use them to inspire and effect users? Second Story faced that challenge when they created an installation for the University
of Oregon.

May 22nd, 2012

Leaping Into Indie UX

In this podcast, Chris Baum speaks with Donna Spencer, Lynne Polischuik, Justin Davis and Erin Jo Richey at the 2012 IA Summit about their panel discussion: “Taking the plunge: Diving into Indie UX.” They share practical and personal experience of being an indie designer.

April 9th, 2012

The Past and Future of Boxes and Arrows

A Conversation with Christina Wodtke

Jeff Parks talks to B&A founder Christina Wodtke about the past and future of the magazine. Her key message is that designers still need to get their ideas out into the community.

Every revolution needs a manifesto, and ‘Portfolio-Centred Design’ is no different. Therefore Stuart Neale stands before you proudly holding aloft his little red book screaming “Power to the designers!”
(I’d walk on by if I were you).

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