The Web of Trust

Posted 4 years ago by Trevor Connolly No Comments

How to overcome your user’s privacy concerns in the age of Big Data, the NSA, and Cyber Warfare.

We live in an age of opportunity. Technology is pushing forward in pursuit of making everyday life simpler, more convenient, and more informational. Behaviors once reserved for only SciFi movies — such as remotely controlling our home security or A/C systems, talking to a robot-voice on the Internet, or wearable technology that informs us about the environment around us in real-time — are no longer of the future, but rather, Today. Our web services have enabled us to make big changes in the way we interact with our world. The opportunities that technology affords us are endless.

Yet, there is a threat. Despite these opportunities, people are growing increasingly leery of how they allow their personal information to be shared online. Privacy issues have been widely chronicled over the past year: Edward Snowden & The NSA, how Google and Facebook view your rights in their collection of data for marketing, and just recently, Heartbleed. As more and more of our life is moved online, our distrust, our vulnerability, to the Internet is multiplied. This is the biggest threat to our age of opportunity.

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Smarter UI

Posted 4 years ago by James Utley 1 Comment

I’ve seen many UX designers create thorough work that was very user friendly, but somehow fell flat after development. While I was at the SXSW interactive conference, Gabe Martin and Robby Grant from archer>malmo pointed out exactly what was missing in their work and often in mine—rich animations. Animations are often an afterthought for a UX designer, who has a long list of considerations for their work. As Robby Grant, Director of Development at archer>malmo pointed out in his presentation at SXSW, “Animations can add life.” In Grant’s presentation, titled “Animation a Smarter UI: Tips for Motion on the Web”, he laid out the golden rule of animations and six key reasons to use them on the web. (more…)

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We Can’t Afford to be Fan Boys

Posted 4 years ago by Trevor Connolly No Comments

How being brand loyal is holding us back

I’ve always been incredibly brand loyal. I find a product that fits my needs and provides a good experience and I’m a fan for life. Why? Because I now trust the brand. As an example, my favorite pair of shoes were Converse All-Stars I had a few years back. They were black and white, fit perfectly, and I could wear them with any outfit. Finally, as all shoes do with years of use, they gave out. I loved those shoes, and immediately sought out to buy another pair, exactly the same. But herein lies the problem: by so loving the shoes that I already had, I was missing out on shoes that were less expensive, more comfortable, and that would hold up longer. My brand loyalty had made me blind.

This is why you can’t afford to be a fan boy. (more…)

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Transitions to UX—Part 1

Posted 4 years ago by James Utley 1 Comment

When I made the transition into UX, I had some serious apprehensions and misconceptions of what the work of a user experience designer entailed. If you’re considering or are already making the transition into UX, I’d like to shed some light on how easily it is for a graphic designer to transition into the field.

Show what you have
A wise professor once told me “Show what you have because that’s what you have”. Seems simple enough, right? Well it is. User Experience is a relatively new field and professionals enter it from many different backgrounds. The transition is quite seamless for graphic designers because their problem-solving and design thinking skills are naturally aligned with the UX process. Even if you haven’t executed a large amount of web design, don’t let that deter you from pursuing a career in UX. Companies looking to hire user experience designers are looking for problems solvers, design thinkers and innovators. These qualities can be found in anyone, yours just happen to be a focused towards Graphic Design. (more…)

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Transitions to UX—Introduction

Posted 4 years ago by Anita Schuring No Comments

Despite the decades that web design has been around, UX Design is a relatively new(ish) job title. It’s one that doesn’t require extensive experience to break into the field, either. Many who already work with web content have reached into the realm of User Experience with prototyping, usability testing, or consulting. The fact of the matter is, there are virtually unlimited paths that can lead to a career in User Experience. (more…)

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The UX of Magic

Posted 4 years ago by Jainan Sankalia No Comments

Magic tricks delight and surprise audiences in entertaining ways. Beyond just knowing the tricks and how to execute them, there’s an art to the performance. An effective magician must know how to interact and engage with their audience; no two performances are exactly the same despite the fact the tricks performed are identical. Anytime there is an interaction between a person and an audience, there are lessons we can learn as experience designers. As a hobbyist sleight-of-hand magician, there are certain skills and techniques I’ve learned that can apply to UX Design. (more…)

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Tweetable Moments and Concepts from Managing Experience (MX) Conference 2014

Posted 4 years ago by Michele Wong No Comments

John Dewey in “Art as Experience” uses a meal to exemplify what a meaningful experience is. A meaningful meal/experience is one you can remember years after “having” it because every single aspect of that experience was designed to be delightful—from the valet to the silverware, to the dish and and of course to the company.

“Experience in this vital sense is defined by those situations and episodes that we spontaneously refer to as being “real experiences”; those things of which we say in recalling them, ‘that was an experience.’ It may have been something of tremendous importance… Or it may have been something that in comparison was slight—and which perhaps because of its very slightness illustrates all the better what is to be an experience. There is that meal in a Paris restaurant of which one says, ‘That was an experience.’ It stands out as an enduring memorial of what food may be.”
-John Dewey, 1934 (more…)

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Keynote for Prototyping

Posted 4 years ago by Joung Kong 1 Comment

If you’re a UX-Designer, you probably find yourself sketching on scrap paper, field notes or in your fancy notebook. However, after working on your rough sketches, you find yourself bringing your design to life with some kind of software. Programs like Photoshop, Balsamic and Axure, allow you to structure and arrange light gray boxes in a logical order with beautiful typography to best convey your concept. Prototyping software is great and filled with an arsenal of functionality but have you ever considered creating prototypes in Keynote? (more…)

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Impressions from a SXSW Newb

Posted 4 years ago by Trevor Connolly 1 Comment

Every spring, over 50,000 people attend the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, which covers music, film, and interactive conferences. This past week, I along with five members of the Tekzenit team trekked down from Dallas to Austin in a minivan to learn, engage, and interact with SXSW. It was all of our first time to attend the interactive conference and our expectations were also met with a few surprises. We learned quite a bit in a few days, not only about our areas of expertise, but other parts of the interactive world. For example, we learned how to apply outside topics to our creative work, as well as navigating the conference itself. Collectively, we put together our impressions of how to make the most out of a week at SXSW. (more…)

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