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If the product doesn’t work, its “user experience” doesn’t matter

I recently edited an article for UX Magazine (When You Startup with UX) in which I interviewed four startups on what User Experience means to them. Of all the things that people said, the quote that stood out to me the most was from Mike Singleton, a developer at Foursquare: “…when you only have three [Keep Reading…]

My Best Advice for Conducting User Interviews

In a previous life, I was a Professional Writing major and part-time journalist. I contributed to my school’s student newspaper, as well as the faculty and staff newspaper, and almost every week for two years, I wrote an arts column for the Pittsburgh City Paper — Western PA’s leading alternative newsweekly [read my old clips]. [Keep Reading…]

Watch me on The Big Web Show

Last Thursday I had the absolute pleasure of joining the lovely Jeffrey Zeldman and Dan Benjamin on the eighth episode of The Big Web Show (read my previous post). If you weren’t able to catch the live broadcast, be sure to check out the video and podcast. We talked about how I’ve used Twitter to [Keep Reading…]

Photo of the day: Brand Transparency

Headed back home from Heathrow Airport after a lovely vacation, I stopped at the Pret A Manger for a quick pre-flight bite. When I got to the cash register, I noticed this awesome sticker — concise, honest, and, best of all, empathetic. VAT NIGHTMARE We’re legally required to add on VAT when you eat in. [Keep Reading…]

Photo of the day: Visualizing Genres

Hotel alarm clocks are usually a big pain in the butt. Hampton Inn aims to fix all that — and takes simplicity to inconceivable levels. They go so far past easy to use and intuitive that they come back around to obscure and pointless. They visualize musical genres. Columns for Classical Stream for Soft Rock [Keep Reading…]

User Experience on The Big Web Show

I’m honored to be joining Jeffrey Zeldman and Dan Benjamin on tomorrow’s episode of The Big Web Show. Tune in at 1pm ET as they interview me live about all things user experience. Nothing scripted, nothing planned — just uncensored, unadulterated UX pleasure. If you can’t make it during that time, the video and podcast [Keep Reading…]

Photo of the day: Back in 30 minutes

Time has always bothered me; I don’t really believe in it. It’s a human invention, a representation of reality. Now the passage of time, that’s something I can believe in. You can feel it. You can measure it. But it’s always, ALWAYS, relative to something else. Like when you’re in the train station waiting for [Keep Reading…]