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So you wanna be a User Experience Designer?

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I was fortunate to be able to see Whitney Hess give a talk recently at the Interlink conference in North Vancouver. Her presentation was all about UX design, and afterwards I made sure to check out her blog: Pleasure & Pain. Whitney has two introductory articles on becoming a user-experience designer which I found to…

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User Experience as Corporate Imperative

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In my experience I have often come across clients, or potential clients, who may question why they need to invest company dollars into a professionally designed and developed website (or application). After all, it is possible for a student to teach themselves the basics, download a few programs from the internet, and charge a client…

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Animated Tribute to UX Design

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An enjoyable animated cartoon for UX designers, and anyone who loves them. Part 1 Part 2

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5 Principles of User-Centered Navigation

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One of the most important concepts in navigation is that it should be easily learned. If it takes too long to grasp the navigational flow of a program, the user will become frustrated and lose interest. An easily learned navigation structure is the first step in creating user satisfaction. Instructions can be useful, but the…

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5 Principles of User-Centered Design

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As Mitchell Kapor states in his Software Design Manifesto: “If a user interface is designed ‘after the fact’ it is like designing an automobile dashboard after the engine, chassis, and all other components and functions are specified.” (Kapor, 2002) The important questions in creating a user-centered design are: Who are the users? What are the…

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MySpace’s UX-Induced Death

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A great read on possible reasons behind the failure of MySpace. It brings up an interesting point that good UX design does not necessarily mean giving users exactly what they think they want. It means giving them the tools to do what they want to do, presented in as simple a manner as possible. Excerpt:…

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