• Adaptive vs Responsive Design

    by  • December 15, 2013 • 1 Comment

    When I got my start in Web design back in the late 1990s, there were a lot of buzz words being bandied about by marketing and sales staff, words that they didn’t quite understand. This is the nature of marketing and sales, after all: promise, assure and close the deal. Unfortunately, I was always...

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    Thoughts on UX and the NYC Subway

    by  • December 4, 2013 • 0 Comments

    I recently returned from a trip to New York where I had a chance to use the subway system pretty extensively. As a UX guy, I’m always looking for good user experiences in unlikely places. The subway system was a really good lesson, because it, like many of the projects I work on, has...

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    General content… is it necessary?

    by  • October 22, 2012 • 0 Comments

    This is a reprint from an article in UX Magazine by Cyd Harrell. It raises some excellent questions about what I like to think of a the inertia of doing things the same old way. I have experienced a lot of frustration as a user because of the lack of attention to functionality and user...

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    UX is NOT…

    by  • October 16, 2012 • 0 Comments

    This is repost of an article by Whitney Hess, one of the pioneers of the UX movement When I tell people that I am a user experience designer, I usually get a blank stare. I try to follow it up quickly by saying that I make stuff easy and pleasurable to use. That’s the...

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    When User Interfaces Fail

    by  • October 9, 2012 • 0 Comments

    I came across this today, and rather than paraphrase or link to it I thought I’d just paste it in (credit and link included.) This was done in 2004, the stone age of UX. I recall trying to convince huge companies that user experience went far beyond usability and was absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, these...

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    Penguin is your new taskmaster.

    by  • October 3, 2012 • 0 Comments

    In 2011, Google released a series of algorithm updates called Panda designed to downrank websites providing poor user experience. Panda observed how users moved through sites by following the logic used by Google’s team of testers. It is, for all practical purposes, an artificial intelligence that ranks sites based on usability (and it’s named for its creator,...

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    What the heck is CX, anyway?

    by  • September 26, 2012 • 1 Comment

    Customer Experience, or CX,  is the study of how customers relate to brands, products and businesses on emotional level. It’s being hailed as a “new discipline,” but CX has been been around a very long time. Take, for example, department stores. These early pioneers of customer experience found that displaying their goods in a...

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    Whither WordPress?

    by  • September 23, 2012 • 0 Comments

    I have been using websites as diaries for a very long time… far longer, in fact, than has been practical. I used to hand-code my journal entries in html and then upload them onto the uberhaus.com site almost every night. It was a laborious process, but I got a lot of satisfaction from it....

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    What Being Social is All About

    by  • September 14, 2012 • 0 Comments

    I came across these cool graphics on theFast Company website. The accompanying article is really wordy and sort of reminds me of a Power Point presentation where the dude reads off the slides for the whole meeting. This meeting was brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department. The slides are self-explanatory and...

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    An Interactive Tragedy Part 1

    by  • September 12, 2012 • 1 Comment

    Several years ago I worked for a marketing firm that specialized in print for a well-funded, loyal niche market. Agency X had it locked up…  the sales force was recruited straight from the target industry and were well-connected, the loyalty factor in this industry was very high, and the methodology was tried and true....

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