Category Archives: Experience

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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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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The design part of interaction design

From a recent lecture, here are the basics of what design means to the User Experience. This is hardly exhaustive, but a good primer on some of the essential elements. Some buzzwords include: Skeumorphism, Flat, Gestalt, Typography – all the tools an interface designer needs to connect emotionally to an audience.   Apologies, the font got

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Interface hero: Jonathan del Strother

In 2006, a developer named Jonathan del Strother created an application called “Cover Flow”. This was an amazing achievement for several reasons that are still something I think define what makes the difference between a good and great user experience. Using your phone or itunes, compare the version Jon made (in the movie) to the

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Bring your tablet to work part 1

It happened to me. Trying to get things done on the job without my accustomed tools. I’m not speaking of table saws or socket wrenches, but computer tools. Normally this is a mid- 2010 MacBook Pro, with a 27 inch monitor. This machine has the cusomary suites of productivity programs, and because I’ve been in

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I wish I did it!

Our newest agency culture building exercise is called “I wish I did it”. The purpose is to gather the agency together over a long lunch and share what things are inspiring us. We have been going for several months now, and it has grown to be a date we all look forward to. We’ve even

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Doing good work

I have a new position at Central Coast Agency working with some new friends and trying to make some good work for our clients. I’m happy to be a Creative Director now, although it does push my efforts into guiding both concept and delivery – but that’s a good thing. One thing I do enjoy is the

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