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Cataloging the art and science of user experience design
August 2011

UX Week Day 4, 8/26/11 How Our Social Circles Influence What We Do, Where We Go, and How We Decide | Paul AdamsFacebook ad dude talks about how our personal networks are constructed and who are the people that get

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UX Week Day 3, 8/25/11 Critical Thinking for UX Designers (or Anyone) | Russ Unger and Stephen Anderson Thinking critically requires little more than the willingness to have fun while thinking. Sure sometimes thinking is serious business but that doesn’t

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UX Week Day 2, 8/24/11 Gamestorming Your Workplace (A.K.A., How to Design Using Words AND Pictures) | Sunni Brown Do your meetings suck? Well, really, whose don’t? Unless you practice Gamestorming of course. What’s gamestorming you ask? Great question. It

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UX Week Day 1, 8/23/11 Welcome | Jesse James GarrettWe are going to the Academy of Sciences on Thursday to see a dinosaur burlesque show. I can’t wait. Keynote | Jaron LanierA tour de force of user experience from the

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So you want to work in user experience when you grow up? Sorry kid, it’s one or the other… via onwardsearch.com

Say what you will about creativity, odds are somebody has already beaten you to it. via slideshare.net

Title: Stop Doing the Thing that Makes You Powerless Context: You don’t need anyone’s permission to read this article. As a matter of fact, you shouldn’t be asking for anyone’s permission for a whole lot of what you do. Synopsis:

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Bad UIImage credit: Tom Karlo, "Bad UI", June 15, 2010, Flickr

Title: The Difference Between UI and UX Context: People are often confused by the difference between UI and UX. I’m assuming it’s all those U’s that are the problem. Synopsis: Long story short: UI is not UX. Nor is the

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Title: Unusual Thinking Styles Increase Creativity Context: It’s our job to be creative. Which means it’s our job to think unusual thoughts. I love our job. Synopsis: You know that way you like to work? Yeah, the way where you

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Title: Let’s Be Frank Context: User experience as a discipline is not confined to pixels and web pages as much as we may believe that it does. Synopsis: Say what you will about Frank Gehry, he’s a guy consumed with

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Title: Think Outside the Box, but Don’t Forget the Box Exists Context: Different is not always better. But sometimes it is. You just need to be able to tell when. Synopsis: You know that problem you are sitting at your

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Visual thinking is the best kind of thinking there is. It’s just science. via vimeo.com

Elephant on the computer illustrationImage credit: Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig, "Elephant on the computer illustration", May 16, 2011, Flickr

Title: The Top Six Indications You Need A New User Experience Expert Context: Lots of people claim to be a UX expert, but how can you really tell who’s telling you the truth? Synopsis: There is a language to user

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Title: Lessons of the Square Watermelon Context: What is possible is not always the same thing as what we think is possible. Synopsis: Here is the true tale of the square watermelon. This inorganically shaped gourd is the curiously elegant

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Title: Why you need a user experience vision (and how to create and publicize it) Context: Setting your user experience vision is the easy part. Getting everyone to buy into, now that’s tough. Synopsis: Do you know what you do

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