December 6, 2016

A colleague of mine posed a question recently (summarized); "What does UX mean to you?".

I thought about it, inside and outside of tech, for a bit, then posted my response. It was a brief response, but generally covered where I intended to go.

Because most of us are so e...

November 21, 2016

This is not a treatise on eschewing formal education. Not at all. Rather, how hard work, no matter what, can get you to where you want to be.

This is one woman's journey through her career, with only a high school degree (and some very blurry college years).

I greatly ad...

November 21, 2016

How can these two occupations possibly be related?

In the consulting world, companies frequently bring you in when they have reached their limit on solutions or resources.

More often than not, you have to hit the ground running, assess the situation quickly, and quickly...

October 28, 2016

In my career I have worked on MANY different software applications. Once i got over the panic of joining an established team as well as trying to grok enterprise software in all of it's complexity (see this article), after a few times early on, I realized that there wa...

October 28, 2016

A Heuristic Evaluation is a usability method that helps to identify usability issues and gaps in the UI. It specifically involves examining the interface and judging its compliance with common usability patterns.

I usually follow the basic principles of The Nielson Norm...

October 27, 2016

Personas are generally an internal tool created from user research (empathy maps, research, and anecdotal information directly from users.) Personas are created from the roles you have identified for your product and represent real-world information.

A Persona helps ral...

October 26, 2016

Welcome to the scary, frustrating, nerve-wracking, insidious, and confusing world of patent submission.

Ok, so it’s really none of those things. Seriously. I am going to step you through the way ‘I’ do it, Inventors all have our different ways.

And you get a pony at the...

October 25, 2016

Empathy Map: A UX method to gain direct insight into a user's or user segment's day to day experience. An Empathy Map is a direct contributor to the development to a complete and accurate Persona.

That being said, the illustration at the left illustrates that the user/u...

October 25, 2016

When I first started in big data at IBM years ago, I was terrified. What terrified me was, conceptually, how to handle and surface seemingly insurmountable big data in a meaningful and coherent way for a user. I'll fully admit, for the first week, I just stared and bli...

October 24, 2016

Skeuomorphism: noun, an ornament or design on an object copied from a form of the object when made from another material or by other techniques []

See the image to the left? When was the last time you actually touched one? When did you have a computer that...

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