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IxDA Interaction 08: Day 2

Well, I’d intended to post the second day roundup on Monday, but I’ve been sick ever since I got back from Savannah. Now that I’m feeling healthy enough to get back on the computer, here it is. The second day of Interaction 08 was just as exciting as the first. The morning keynote by Bill [Keep Reading...]

IxDA Interaction 08: Day 1

I’m down in sunny Savannah for the weekend at the inaugural IxDA conference, Interaction 08. With about 400 people in attendance, it is the first professional conference that is specifically for interaction designers, by interaction designers. The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) started in 2003 as a grassroots organization to unite the worldwide community of interaction [Keep Reading...]

My MacBook Air finally arrived!

I ordered a MacBook Air the day of the Steve Jobs keynote at MacWorld Expo, and today the package arrived, four days ahead of schedule. Specs: 13.3-inch glossy widescreen LED screen 2GB memory 1.80GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor 64GB solid-state drive Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 3.0 pounds I also bought [Keep Reading...]

Bloglines vs. Google Reader: A Usability Evaluation

Howard Rheingold recently asked his Twitter followers if he should switch from Bloglines to Google Reader — both web-based RSS readers. Joshua Porter responded that he should. I piped in to say that I’ve been using the new Bloglines Beta and I love it. They both asked about the benefits of Bloglines over Google Reader, [Keep Reading...]

Send e-mails verbally with Jott

I’ve been trying out this new service called Jott that converts your voice into e-mails and text messages. Once you sign up for a free account — a pain-free process — you can call a toll-free number to create a message. You’re asked who you want to Jott to and you can say “me” or [Keep Reading...]

Who is Temboo?

This mysterious company Temboo writes the most compelling job posts. They’re located in TriBeCa. And yet otherwise, I’ve never heard of them. Their company website is unlike any other I’ve seen. Instead of providing a list of services and client case studies, they tell you nothing — actually, they call you out: Apparently you are [Keep Reading...]

You like us, but do you know who we are?

User Experience as a discipline is finally starting to be recognized by a wider audience. Two recent press mentions in major publications help to expose the value of our expertise, but as usual I find that they’re creating a greater distinction between design and usability than I’m comfortable with. I consider myself a user experience [Keep Reading...]