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Karen Bachmann
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Interest in user experience:
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Seascape Consulting, Inc.
About me:
As a usability specialist and user experience design consultant, I help clients deliver effective and satisfying product experiences to their users. I am past manager of the STC Usability & User Experience community and an active member of the Usability Professionals' Association. I regularly present on usability topics.

You can follow me on Twitter @KarenBachmann, where I talk about food, ferrets, and other fun as well as UX.

Karen Bachmann's Blog

Great article on creating "experience themes" to guide and unify UX design

Experience Themes: How a storytelling method can help unify teams and create better products by Cindy Chastain shares

"... a method drawn from storytelling that can help us build a better story about our product, unify teams, inspire design concepts and get us closer to evoking the pleasure, emotion and meaning of the experience we intend to… Continue

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 2:25pm

LinkedIn's new look created using user-centered design practices

Kevin Bury, Principle UX Designer at LinkedIn, blogs about LinkedIn's new design and explains that it is based on user research and refined by usability testing. (Thanks, Alex, for posting the link through Twitter.)

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 12:37pm

Web Slices: Letting users create their experience and control their content or a better idea than implementation?

Has anyone been using or creating web slices, a feature in IE8 (Microsoft's description of the feature)? When I first learned about web slices earlier this year, I was intrigued. Web slices seemed to allow users to turn their Favorites bar into essentially a customized portal, creating a new form of user experience with existing content. However, I haven't heard much about implementations or… Continue

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 2:38pm

Interesting article series in Wired: "Design Under Constraint: How Limits Boost Creativity"

Design Under Constraint: How Limits Boost Creativity shares examples of how limitations have inspired creativity and innovative designs in a variety of products. Each example gives details showing how both aesthetics and usability improved in response to the challenges the design teams faced. Fun and thought-provoking.

Posted on March 10, 2009 at 4:22pm

Useful freeware: Instant Eyedropper identifies HTML color codes from any pixel

One of the UX email newsletters I receive included a link to Instant Eyedropper. The product website describes this Windows software as "a free software tool for webmasters that will identify and automatically paste to the clipboard the HTML color code of any pixel on the screen with just a single mouse click."

I haven't used it yet, but given my reliance on the eyedropper tool when tweaking images and the frustrations I've… Continue

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 7:19pm

Comment Wall (15 comments)

At 10:10pm on July 30, 2008, Mike Murray said…

I think it is totally awesome that you set this up! I'm honored to be one of the first to join. I look forward to lots of comaraderie and learning.

Mike Murray
At 6:12pm on August 1, 2008, David Farbey said…
Hi Karen,
I just followed you over here from The Content Wrangler...hope you don't mind!
Maybe one day I'll even get a Second Life account too - if UX professionals can make money over there, maybe TWs can too?

At 12:21am on August 8, 2008, Prasanna said…
Hi Karen,

Thanks..I think this forum will definitely help me a lot to learn. I look forward for all your support. Thanks once again,
Regards, Prasanna
At 5:05pm on September 28, 2008, Lisa McMichael said…
Howdy - haven't chatted in sometime so I wanted to say 'hi' and see about getting some of us gals together later in October. Maybe we could pull in Amy and Heidi for a bite; haven't talked to them in 2-3 months.
At 4:17pm on October 16, 2008, Sherri Martin said…
Hi Karen,

We met at the STC conference this year- I am the incoming editor of Usability Interface. David just told me about this site and I have had fun exploring the blogs and forum. Thank you for setting up this community. I think it will be a great place to share and learn.

At 5:40pm on November 26, 2008, Boon Chew said…

I was introduced to UXW by the interview you did with Tim Keirnan from Design Critique. Thanks for setting up this great community.

At 2:34pm on December 3, 2008, Francisco Maria Cruz Nunes said…
It's great that you created this community... I would like to get to know more about human computer interaction and user experience, but sometimes is difficult to find quality material. Your community is a very nice solution to that problem :)

I also heard about it on Design Critique
At 6:36pm on February 25, 2009, Vickie said…
Thanks for the warm welcome!
At 5:04pm on April 4, 2009, Deborah Edwards-Onoro said…
Hi Karen,

Glad I found my way here. Sorry I didn't know about the UX Watercooler before today. We (Michigan Usability Professionals' Association) just finished the "Internet User Experience 2009" conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Thursday, April 2, 2009.

Looking forward to chatting with others in the UX community!
At 8:05pm on May 8, 2009, Bruce Kula said…
Thanks, and congratulations on your most recent honor, the associate fellowship.

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