Myspace’s UX-Induced Death
A little bitter and direct, but there’s truth in here about how user research can be misunderstood and misused. Similar mistakes can be made when using business stakeholders as a resource for requirements definition.
Web App Masters Tour Summary
A summary of the notes that Luke Wroblewski took throughout the Web App Masters Tour. I’ve posted a few of these already, but this summary posts links to all of them. Lots of good stuff in here.
Ethnography in Industry: Objectives? | UX Magazine
A high-level classification of the objectives of applying ethnography in industry. I wish that the article touched a little bit on how to apply ethnographic methods in industry, but a nice overview all-the-same.
Fusing Content Strategy with Design | UX Magazine
Content strategy is something that I’m going to have to develop a firm grasp of. This post (courtesy of Toronto’s own Teehan+Lax) provides a good introduction to some ways of modelling and representing it.
In a related note, I’ve just installed ImageSpark (which was created and is run by Teehan+Lax) onto my work Macbook. I haven’t played around with it yet, but I’m going to see if it’ll be useful in helping me furnish the much larger apartment that I’ll be moving into in a few weeks.
Letter to a Content Strategist
Content strategy is something that I’m having a hard time conceptually separating from the UXD role. UXD and content strategy require the same input and are aiming for the same ultimate goals, so how can you manage to cleanly separate them into two roles? But I guess you can say that about a lot of things.
Experience Themes: The design behind the design
Describes ‘Experience Themes’, a way of expressing high-level design goals that have been generated through analysis of user and system research. Intended to allow the project team to focus all of the disperate aspects of a project—requirements, IA, creative, copy, content, etc—on the ultimate intended goal. I like this a lot. By making this a required deliverable, you can solidly enforce and capture essential strategic-level research, analysis, and design.
Usability Testing: Overcoming fear of moderating UX research sessions
Good article on moderating UX research sessions. Here’s hoping that I can make use of this some time in the near future.
Design Games (lecture notes)
Just want to make note of these for future reference.
LukeW | Web App Masters: Backstage at 37signals
Notes on a talk concerning how design is performed at 37signals.
LukeW | Web App Masters: Where Worlds Collide
Notes on Jared Spool’s talk on how to do good design.