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Don Draper is the Antithesis of User Experience

Earlier this month, Fast Company began publishing a series on user experience written by industry analyst Brian Solis. As soon as I read the first article, I reached out to Brian on Twitter to say that I thought it was crucial that he incorporate the perspectives of practicing user experience designers in order for his [Keep Reading…]

My 2011 Holiday Gift Guide of Pleasurable Experiences

Stuff is cheap, in the long run. At the end of our days, we’re not likely to remember the things we acquired as much as the moments we experienced. This holiday season, reconsider the packaged goods you’re intending to buy for the people you love. Instead, design an experience for them they’ll never forget. Here’s [Keep Reading…]

Pleasure and Pain has gone mobile

It’s quite overdue, but this blog is now optimized to be viewed in a mobile browser. Many thanks to Ben Seven for giving me the kick in the ass I needed to get it done: Commented on You’re not a user experience designer if… by Ben Seven: Are you allowed to call yourself a User [Keep Reading…]

Photo of the day: Pen Pocket

All men carry pens, right? But putting a pen in your pants pocket can be a bit of a pain — it rolls around with your keys, sticks out to one side, the cap tears at the pocket lining. Sitting next to my friend Nik Agharkar at a dinner party, I noticed him reach inside [Keep Reading…]

Photo of the day: Negative Floors

Some buildings label their 1st floor as 1, others as L for lobby or G for ground floor. I’ve even seen it as 0 in European cities where the “1st floor” denotes the first floor above ground level — what Americans consider to be the 2nd floor. But never have I ever seen this: Negative [Keep Reading…]

Catching Up on Pleasure and Pain

Welcome! If it’s your first time here, you probably arrived via a link to a single post and may not have a full picture of the things I write about. If you’re interested in learning more about me, here’s a selection of posts that can speak to my broader vision about user experience and my [Keep Reading…]

My mug is on the new Skitch homepage

It’s no secret that I’m completely obsessed with Skitch — the handy screenshot, annotation and image sharing tool for Mac — since I tell pretty much anyone who’ll listen. I’ve probably stood over 100 shoulders waiting for folks to download and install it, then watch their eyes open wide when they realize what they now [Keep Reading…]