Writing on UX

My UX articles, blog posts, and more



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When are Ageless, Genderless User Personas Effective?

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On the web, everyone is equal.

This is a problem, especially for those of us engaged in the business of writing user personas.

It should be no secret by this point that the how-to of creating user personas is still up in the air. There is a modicum of agreement that personas should be based around the analytics gathered on the website in question. How treat data in comparison and contrasts with your target audience, and how to synthesize that comparison into user personas, is still widely up for debate.

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Why Communication is an Essential Skill for UX Professionals

UXMastery.com

I use my red Swingline stapler every day, though I can’t recall actually stapling anything in years.

The colour of the stapler is no coincidence, as my first encounter with a red Swingline was the cult classic Office Space. In the movie, Milton Waddams defends his prized piece of office equipment from theft and destruction at the hands of unscrupulous coworkers.

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Kid's UX: Why Childhood Experience Design is a Growing Art

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Most of what we know about the psychology of HCI (human-computer interaction) and human learning principles is based around studies conducted on college students.

This is one of the primary complaints about the study of psychology in general. We have mountains of data pertaining to 18-25-year olds. Much of what’s been studied has varying applications to either the psychology of older adults or children. And very little about kids’ UX has been studied.

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Homework Sucks: Why At-Home Design Challenges Are Useless

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It’s no secret that I Love UXMastery.com. I spend a lot of time at the forums there, and many of my UX-related posts originate from my responses to topics posted by others over there.

Today I was reading through one post in particular from a new-to-UX professional who was challenged to complete an at-home design task as part of a job interview. Thee candidate, misaif20, described the process, and what I read surprised me.

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5 UX Design Trends from Smashing Conference San Francisco

UXMastery.com

San Francisco is design. Seemingly everything about the city—from the simple elegance of Coit Tower looking down on the city to the distant beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge—is a masterclass in beauty and form.

It’s no surprise then that Smashing Magazine chose one of the city’s most beautiful and noted locales, the Palace of Fine Arts, to hold one of its conferences this year.

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Running the Baseline: The Basic User Experience Process

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One question I see discussed on many UX forums is one that new professionals have a hard time understanding– what, exactly, is a baseline UX process? Regardless of what you’re working on, what are the steps that every UX professional should, as a general rule, take to ensure that they are touching all of their bases to ensure a quality final product?

The problem is that everyone has a different take on this process. Although I’m not any different, but I do have my own process that has worked well for me for some time. My ideal process has six basic steps to it.

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Stepping Up Your Game

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I have always been a Boy Scout at heart (and, since the age of 18, an Eagle Scout in real life). The motto of “Be Prepared” has always spoken to me. In my day-to-day life, being prepared has been key to my success, be it church league softball, making it through the airport quickly, or advancing my UX career.

Lately, I’ve been putting a lot of effort into advancing the latter.

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Leadership & Mentoring in the UX World

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I hang out (probably more than I should) on UX Mastery’s great forums. It’s a great way to network with different professionals in the world, and to try and help anyone who might need a hand on anything from real-world UX issues to help getting into the industry.

Today, one user in particular posed a few questions about leadership and mentoring within the UX world that I found particularly interesting.

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