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).

At the heart of design are the stories that give meaning to the work. Andrew Hinton meditates on what stories have taught him about information architecture and the people inhabiting the places he’s helped design.

Leonardo, the genius. Yet, even the great Leonardo faltered from time to time. Brian Sullivan shares the tale of Leonardo’s kitchen nightmare and teases out the lessons we can all learn from failure.

February 3rd, 2012

Integrating UX into the Product Backlog

The User Experience Integration Matrix

Many agile teams can’t develop good user experiences because UX just isn’t integrated well enough. With the UX Integration Matrix, Jon Innes helps involve UX in every possible part of the agile process.

November 23rd, 2011

Complexity and User Experience

Understanding features in terms of complexity instead of functionality

Jon Bolt explores how changing the discussion from “functionality” to “complexity” helps product owners and designers better evaluate the real impact new features have on a product.

September 7th, 2011

Alignment Diagrams

Focusing the business on shared value

Alignment diagrams bring actions, thoughts, and people together to address the causes of poor experience at their root. James Kalbach shows how designers can use this tool to solve business problems and have real business impact.

April 20th, 2011

Are your users S.T.U.P.I.D?

How good design can make users effective

Stephen Turbek highlights the various, subtle pressures on a user that reduce a user’s “effective intelligence”, or what they actually use when using an interface.

Most designers will soon be asked to design transitions. Greg Nudelman helps us prepare by examining the principles behind a good animation, showing how to sketch them out, and explaining how to document them effectively for development.

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