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SEP Named A 2021 Best Places to Work in Indiana Company

The Agile software development movement has a concept called user personas. During a project’s spin-up, developers are encouraged to create these personas as representative users. A typical persona may be “Victor the Vice President”. Victor is a VP at…
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The Point of Particularly Personal Personas

The Agile software development movement has a concept called user personas. During a project’s spin-up, developers are encouraged to create these personas as representative users. A typical persona may be “Victor the Vice President”. Victor is a VP at his company. He will use the software for high-level data reporting, but not data entry. On […]
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Wear a Wearable

This is probably not what the blog challenge had in mind, but I’m going to use the opportunity to write about wearable technology…. There are some fun applications out in the wearable technology domain. Some are essentially a device stuck onto something wearable: – Wearable photos– A comm badge– And more upscale: the Misfit fitness tracker  that […]
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Tips for Designers Fresh Out of School

There are already a bunch of articles on the interwebs with advice for designers fresh out of school, so I wanted to share the technical skills I wished I had honed to perfection before embarking on my design career. Most of them are based around the Adobe Creative Suite. I apologize in advance if it […]
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POP for Prototyping

Do you POP?  Maybe you should.  It’s a free prototyping app, currently available for iPhone but soon to be released for Android. POP is a super simple way to capture your wonderful pencil scratchings electronically and create a semi-functional wireframe that you can share with others. POP uses the camera on your phone (or existing […]
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Responsive Web Design

One of the buzzwords these days in web development is “responsive design.” According to Mashable, this is supposedly the Year of Responsive Web Design. Simply put, a responsive website scales to fit the device it is displayed on. If you grab the bottom right corner of your browser window and drag to the left, you’ll […]
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a shift in thinking?

Is it just me, or is there a lot more emphasis on usability lately?  Not just software, everything. My time is valuable, I don’t want to waste it with mouse-clicks.  I don’t want to waste it by pulling on a push-door.  I don’t want to waste it by spending 10 minutes figuring out which of […]
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Story first, then design…

I had my first opportunity to apply some of my recent training on discovery and usability.   I had a very short stint on an internal project, where I got the chance to perform some design work on a new calendar integration feature that was going to be implemented.  The feature was so new, and so undefined, […]
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Thanks, User Experience Guys

An open letter to all you user experience people… Dear , I started developing applications professionally in 1993. First Mac apps in the glorious 4D programming environment, then Windows, then Web. I’m now kept a safe distance from any development environments and left to do “manager stuff”. When I developed for the web, I created […]
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Are UX/UI “standards” lacking???

Jared Spool has reported that only about 10% of the user interface design questions raised by developers over the course of a typical project can be answered by reference to platform-based published guides. Does this mean that the standards are lacking? Or does this mean that we can’t categorize UX/UI (User Experience / User Interface) […]
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