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Cataloging the art and science of user experience design
February 2011

Why even bother showing up to work when you can just have your robot avatar do it for you? via youtube.com

Title: Do You Know When To Communicate Verbally And When To Communicate Visually? Context: Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember…Wait, what was I talking about again? Synopsis: The brain is a funny thing. The way we’re all wired

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The Most Valuable UX Person In The World She builds her wireframes with real wire from ancient hand-smelted Ukranian steel. Her worst personas could kick the ass of your best personas. His pattern library is now in the Library of

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Title: HOW TO: Develop Ideas That Will Disrupt Your Industry Context: Stop trying to fix problems. Fix the things that people think are working. Synopsis: What do mismatched socks, crappy tasting energy drinks and small, dirty rental cars all have

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Title: Observed: Even Darth Vader Makes Faces Context: What does a sad, faceless system look like? Exactly. Synopsis: You’ve seen the commercial a bajillion times. On TV. On YouTube. On blogs. It’s freakin everywhere. Nice job Volkswagen. Thanks for redefining

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Title: Touching, waving at and talking to the future with Microsoft Context: Microsoft is making cool stuff too? Who knew? Synopsis: A whirlwind (PR fluff/news report) tour of Microsoft’s skunkworks where they are building lots of things that use gestural

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The dark side is powerless against 128 x 128 pixel pictograms. via imageshack.us

Conor Houghton, the genius behind Ignite Dublin brought this to Ignite Dublin #6 last night. I wonder if you can use this to make a copy of itself? via youtube.com

“No Right Brain Left Behind.” The tag line alone is pure awesome. via rightbrainsare.us

Office culture throwdown: 37signals vs Zappos via thinkvitamin.com

Title: Encyclopedia of Usability, HCI, and more Context: Relevant information from people smarter than Wikipedia. Synopsis: What can I say? It’s an online encyclopedia for all things UX from some of the best minds in the business. Mark Apperley, Stephen

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Title: Why You Want (But Won’t Like) a Minority Report-style Interface Context: “Gestural interfaces are surely the future.” “No they’re not. And stop calling me ‘Shirley’.” Synopsis: Once you get past the crappy acting, paper thin characters and cheesy dialogue,

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“Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” -Paul Gauguin I’m not sure Paulie, but wherever we’re headed it involves iPods. via philipsheldrake.com

Title: Creative Types: Embrace Chaos Context: Malcolm Gladwell discusses creative chaos using his hair as a visual aid. Just jokes people! I kid because I love. Synopsis: Creativity is usually a messy process. Not “I wish I had used a

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Oh voice recognition, will you ever learn? via gocomics.com