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Month: November 2014

UX Candidate Design Challenge – v2

I had previously posted my UX Designer interview challenge.  I just wrote a new version, so I figured I could post the one I was using here. It is a continuation of the previous challenge. Scenario A famous comedian is the sponsor of the project.  He is working with 4 other comedians to rate and categorize a large set of jokes.  Each comedian works on different jokes, but they work at the same time and talk to each other via video conferencing. Challenge Part I Brainstorm an gamification strategies for this UI to help keep the comedians working without getting…

Being Sick

For my whole life, I have been nearly immune to the common cold.  I might get a headache or a runny nose, but I don’t ever remember running a fever or being bedridden.  This sounds good, but I think being sick once in a while is a good thing.  An excuse to take the day off and just sit in bed and drink chicken soup. Right now, I have a cough.  My head is fine, but my throat is lumpy and I feel slightly tired.  It doesn’t feel like I should stay home from work, but it doesn’t feel normal either.…

Prediction: Upcoming Android Names

Here are all the names of the Android Operating system up until now AND what I predict they will be in the future. Alpha (1.0) Beta (1.1) Cupcake (1.5) Donut (1.6) Eclair (2.0–2.1) Froyo (2.2–2.2.3) Gingerbread (2.3–2.3.7) Honeycomb (3.0–3.2.6) Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0–4.0.4) Jelly Bean (4.1–4.3.1) KitKat (4.4–4.4.4) Lollipop (5.0) Marshmellow Nutella Oreo Popcorn Quaker Oats (??) Reece’s Pieces (maybe Ring Pop) Snickers (maybe Skittles) Taffy U?  hmm  Tough one V? Wafer X? Yummy Zagnut Clearly, there are a few that are hard.  I wonder if they will skip some.  Marshmellow is a lock though.  Count on it.

The UX of Certification

A certification is a promise from the company to the management of the customer.  It means that if you (the customer) hires someone who passes the certification that we (the company) promise that they will be competent and even skilled at working the product. Certifications are sometimes done well and sometimes done poorly. One way it can go wrong is if the test is too easy.  You end up with all these people who are certified, but are not competent.  It’s a feel good test, that gets lots of people to put the stamp on their LinkedIn profile, but it…