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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

Added by Karen Bachmann on November 13, 2009 at 2:25pm — No Comments

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.)

Added by Karen Bachmann on November 9, 2009 at 12:37pm — No Comments

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

Added by Karen Bachmann on August 4, 2009 at 2:38pm — No Comments

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.

Added by Karen Bachmann on March 10, 2009 at 4:22pm — No Comments

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

Added by Karen Bachmann on February 9, 2009 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Social Media in Action: Heroic US Airways pilot commended by thousands

The story about how US Airways pilot, Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, successfully executed an emergency landing in the Hudson River and personally ensured that all passengers were safely evacuated is remarkable for many reasons and undoubtedly front-page news throughout the country and a top news story throughout the world.

The… Continue

Added by Karen Bachmann on January 16, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Developer diaries: A way to build community and foster innovation

The online games I play have both released major updates. These exciting and long-anticipated events have been tracked regularly by game reviewers and fans alike. I've been reading for weeks before and since the releases about these expansions in forums, release notes, reviews, and developer diaries.

Developer diaries are particularly interesting artifacts. A developer diary discusses the motivation, goals, and/or design thinking that went into a particular aspect of product design.… Continue

Added by Karen Bachmann on December 3, 2008 at 3:03am — 1 Comment

Improving the legibility of highway signs

In keeping with the Transportation theme for World Usability Day 2008, check out the New York Times article, The Road to Clarity by Joshua Yaffa. This article chronicles the creation of a new font, Clearview, now being adopted for US highway signs. Proving increased legibility and researching the actual improved usability was a key part of the design process. Further details about the research, as well as a… Continue

Added by Karen Bachmann on October 3, 2008 at 4:08pm — No Comments

New feature: Member blog posts display on the main page

If you keep a blog on the UX Watercooler, the summaries of your posts will display on this main page. I hope you find this a useful way to share and exchange your thoughts with other members as well as visitors to this site.

Added by Karen Bachmann on August 5, 2008 at 12:24pm — No Comments

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