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Month: April 2012

UX Sensitivity

There is a simple tip I give people about how to be good at UX.  Turn your sensitivity to annoyances all the way up to 11. I asked a candidate to look at a table we eating at in a restaurant.  I asked him, “What do you see that could be improved?”  He said, “Nothing.”  Bad answer.  His dial was up to about 3, not 11. There were tons of issues to be improved including (but not limited to) Napkins weren’t folded neatly Utensils were crooked Table actually rocked slightly if you leaned on it Salt was not full Scratches…

Why I Don’t Use a Mac

This is clearly a religious topic, so please open your mind while reading…yeah, good luck with that. My whole team (5 designers) use Macs.  They all have MacBook Pro laptops.  The tools we use are: MS PowerPoint for storyboarding designs MS Outlook for corporate email Adobe CS5 Chrome/Firefox Jira (Bug Tracker) Wiki Google Docs MS Excel (rarely) I truthfully have no idea why they use a Mac.  I am the only one who doesn’t. Hardware My Samsung Series 9 is lighter, sexier and faster than their MacBooks.  It has a solid state hard drive, lots of ram and a fast processor.  It…

The UX of Change

When I talk about the UX of something, really I am thinking about the psychology of it.  I think about how it feels and how it makes people act.  Of course, sometimes I stretch the definition a bit and I apologize for that. This week is a big change week for me.  Lot’s of things I had gotten used to are changing, especially at work.  New people are coming in and old people are leaving.  How will the new people be?  Will I miss the old people?  Or will I get used to them being gone in just a few…

The UX of a Brand New Wardrobe

I was never one to think about “fashion” or “dressing nice” or “image”. (All air-quotes)  Last year, a co-worker told me that he has paid a personal consultant to help pick out a wardrobe.  The truth is: he looked good!  I looked at myself in the mirror and it struck me: My clothes don’t fit well. The material was poor quality. I didn’t look good. I wanted to look nicer. I really didn’t know where to start.  I didn’t have much fashion sense.  I found Trunk Club, which seemed compelling.  They do a skype with you and a consultant and…