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).

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.

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