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KPCB Internet Trends 2013

30 May

Super solid internet trends report. Must read for all people in the industry.

iOS Sexy Interface Guidelines

17 Jul

Some people really have too much time on their hands…

woman with painted iOS UI painted on her

WTF iOS Guidlines

See the whole collection here

UX Resources for Project Managers

29 Jun

I’m leaving my current job for a new gig next week and one of my project managers asked me for resources to learn more about UX. Below is my response:

So with UX it’s pretty important to get a foundational understanding of the practice. The best book for this is “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug: http://amzn.to/QAz9Vu.

If you read one thing, make it that.

Other books I’d recommend:

The main blogs I read that are just about UX:

Other “industry” blogs I read are:

Let me know if you need anything else!

-pb

Yay… I’m like Robin Hood!

24 Jan

UX Research & Stakeholders

9 Jan

Great video about getting UX research buy in from stakeholders. This is always a tricky proposition for clients because research tends to be time consuming and expensive on the front end.

Paul Adams interview from Tomer Sharon on Vimeo.

This is an interview with Paul Adams about getting stakeholder buy-in for UX research. The interview was conducted by Tomer Sharon, a Google UX researcher, for his book, “It’s Our Research: Getting stakeholder buy-in for user experience research projects”.

Paul currently works as a Product Manager at Facebook and he is the author of the book Grouped. He is recognized as a leading thinker on designing social interactions, and spent four years at Google, leading user research for their social web projects. Before Google, Paul worked as a User Experience consultant at Flow, leading research and design projects for clients including the BBC, The Guardian, Vodafone, UK Government, and Betfair. Before that, he worked as an Industrial Designer, designing electronic appliances at Dyson and car interiors at Faurecia. Paul is a strong advocate of observing behavior in peoples’ own environment, and believes that this helps to create compelling experiences, and he writes a popular blog at ThinkOutsideIn.com.

Wireframes vs. Prototypes

12 Sep

The preso below by Russ Unger from the recent UX Isreal shows some of the differences between wire-framing and prototyping. Each documentation style has a distinct purpose, but UXsters love to debate their merits.

As long as the documentation clearly delineates the design strategy and interface structure I think the choice between wire-framing and prototyping often lies in the audience for the document. Some clients will never read an annotated wireframe but they might click through a prototype. Alternately, some developers hate prototypes because they don’t always reflect the exact functionality that they suggest. In either case, think about who is going to use them instead of jumping whole hog into one camp.

The preso also contains a couple videos that make wire-framing seem way more exciting than it really is. Maybe I’ll show them to my Mom.

The Fold and the User

12 May

The Fold

From Things Real People Don’t Say About Advertising

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