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Cataloging the art and science of user experience design
March 2011

Title: The Virtual Designer Context: All glory is fleeting. Digital designs are lucky to be a fraction of that. Synopsis: We rarely work on anything concrete. Our designs are virtual, ethereal and, arguably, don’t even really exist at all. Yet

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Nobody gets a design right the first time. Nobody. Not even him. via gocomics.com

Title: Atoms + Bits = the neue Craft, A lecture by John Maeda Context: A whistle-stop tour of the history of art and design within digital media and what it means for our collective future curated by one of the

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Title: Engineering vs. Design Context: The decision to pursue advanced features or superlative UX should be dependent on your market, not what you think you’re better at. Synopsis: It’s a balancing act this push and pull between developers and designers.

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Title: Where Innovation Belongs in User-Centered Design Context: Never bring a design pattern to an innovation fight. Synopsis: The enemy of innovation in user experience can be summed up thusly: laziness. Of course we know that our users like familiar

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Title: Why User Experience Cannot Be Designed Context: We can take lots of things into account when designing UX, except the most important part: the user. Synopsis: Sure we talk about “user centered design”, but what does that really mean?

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Switches and icons and flashing lights. Couple that with some imagination and you’ve got yourself a global red alert! via flickr.com

Title: Designing with the Elements of Play Context: User experience is a game and whomever leaves with the most points wins. Synopsis: Work can’t possibly be fun, right? Play isn’t productive, correct? Wrong on both counts. The fact that it

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Usability is for hippiesImage credit: Brian Harris, "Usability is for hippies", March 15, 2011, Flickr

Your amazing, user-centric, slick, game-changing UI don’t matter a damn if it never ships. via flickr.com

Title: How Honest Should Smart Devices Be? Context: What should your “smart device” say when you ask it if those jeans make you look fat? Synopsis: Honesty is in reality, a gray area. To understand how people truly interact one

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The transformation was in focus and intention. At first, my focus was all on me: “I’m going to screw this up so bad.” “I have nothing intelligent to say, and this guy will see through me in about three seconds.”

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The world’s most typical person is not typically who you’d expect. via youtube.com

Have 4:16 to spare? If you don’t then this video is most assuredly for you. via youtube.com

Title: UX is 90% Desirability Context: The word every UX designer wants to hear from their customers? “WANT!” Synopsis: Want and need are technically 2 different things. Traditionally things that you “want” are objects that you desire because you believe

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Never let an inability to draw prevent you from drawing something cool. via youtube.com