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UX Design Team part 3 – Use the best Tools

It seemed not too long ago that most websites were designed with tools intended for print design. The venerable Photoshop or Illustrator was brought into this new medium and used to draw out the web page. I never felt satisfied with these static images, they seemed so out of step with the workflow, the patterns

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UX Design Team part 2 – Processes: Scrum and Agile

Most design teams function within a project management structure. Someone is there to keep track of the deadlines, the deliverables needed, the people needed to do the work. There are many positives to this approach, although I feel bad for this job function, it’s thankless. Its an unfortunate combination of all the responsibility and little

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UX Design Team part 1 – the people

Where does a great user experience come from? It’s a team that consists of these 7 skills. User experience as a term is fairly new. As Don Norman explains, it encompasses everything a customer encounters when interacting with a company. Practically, this is the job of everyone at the company, so UX tends to focus

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Best records of 2015

Welcome again dear friends as I describe the records that influenced me most this year. The goal of unbelievable sounds is to showcase records that are meant to be played all the way through, and the best ones you want to repeat again and again. This year it was: 10 Colin Stetson and Sara Neufeld

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What prototype tool should I use?

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, a prototype is worth a thousand meetings” It has been a great year for UX’ers and designers to get aboard the prototype bandwagon. For those that are just beginning, or pros that want to try something new I put together my thoughts on which tool seems to work

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Unbelievable sounds’ best albums of 2014

Happy 2015 friends! In case you wondered what unbelievable sounds I heard in 2014, here’s my best of the year podcast. Listen or download at http://functionprojects.com/unbelievablesounds/audio/2014_best.m4a 10. The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete – Bob Dylan, a recovery of one of the most mythical sessions of Bob and the Band cranking out tunes. 9.

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12 songs of christmas

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Get grounded in Gestalt Theory

Whether or not we are considered artistic, we all have incredible visual acuity. Understanding Gestalt phenomena gives insight into the themes of how we perceive our world, and introducing these principles to your clients can help them better understand your designs and give you more coherent feedback. When we evaluate the understanding and effectiveness of

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Gestalt theory for interface designers – 3 similarity

Our next fundamental gestalt principle I want to introduce is similarity.  The ability to discern what elements are like each other, which are dissimilar, and also to match an elements purpose to something we expect or have learned. Much of this understanding comes from the ceaseless amount of experimentation we do as babies and young children. From understanding what shape a

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Gestalt theory for interaction designers – 2 proximity

Welcome to Gestalt 2, proximity. These Bauhaus theories of perception have helped designers understand how to use innate human visual abilities to maximize their messaging for centuries.  They can help you make more effective interface designs. They also help educate “I’m not a designer” clients or customers on why some design works or fails, and how to fix it. The crux

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