Why are we happy?

A weekend treat for you… If you haven’t seen this profound talk from TED conference couple of years back, you should definitely check out. Although it’s not directly related to UX Design, it inspired me to think about why users are less satisfied with a UI when there are too many ways for them to…

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Digital Brand Experience Matters

I came across FEED this morning, which is the annual report of the study Razorfish conducts on customer behaviors. The report this year focuses on understanding how digital is changing the way that consumers interact with brands. This is what they found out: [Digital] Experience matters. A lot. So much so that experiences are becoming…

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Beautiful Designs with Usage in Mind

Don Norman’s book “Design of Everyday Things” taught me the importance of usability, and his book on “Emotional Design” taught me the critical role that aesthetics play in overall user experience. When I see designs that beautifully unite both usability and aesthetics, I smile and want to share with the world… The Last Drop Bottle…

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Designers are Evangelists

Do you think designers are evangelists? Outside of the religion context, an evangelist “is a person who enthusiastically promotes or supports something” according to Wikipedia. Based on this definition, we designers are obviously User Experience evangelists. The slide below is from the training that new designers take at Microsoft, which explicitly calls designers are evangelists. …

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New Design for MSDN Newsletter

Yesterday we sent out our newly designed MSDN Developer Newsletter. Many of you have already sent your feedback on the new design. Thank you! As you probably noticed, the newsletter is in Beta format now, so we’ll review all your feedback and continue improving the newsletter design and content. This is a significant milestone of…

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Guest Post: MIX09 Inspirations: Back to the Drawing Board

From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies, including Silverlight and the Windows…

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Return on Experience – learning from 3 Keynotes

I watched three inspiring keynotes this week: two from MIX and Robert Fabricant’s Interations’09 keynote. Our guest blogger Robert Burke did a very good job of highlight the MIX keynotes, I want to capture the key things I learned from these keynotes to share with you. Both Deborah Adler and Robert Fabricant’s talks focused on…

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Happy First Day!

As we are getting ready to celebrate the First Day of 2009, one of my colleagues from Brasil sent me the following note. I really like his way of thinking about First Day. Here I wish everyone Happy New Year and many Happy First Days! Below is an electronic holiday greeting card signed by all…

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Interaction Designer’s Elevator Pitch

There’s a very interesting discussion thread going on at IxDA forum, called "Interaction Designers: What is your elevator pitch?" I consider myself an Interaction or UX Designer who is evangelize UX to the designer and developer community. Although UX Design is a broader term than Interaction Design because it could be any aspect that affects…

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Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, PART 3

Note:  This is the third post in a three post series on succeeding as a professional in IT during a recession. Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes.  There’s an awful lot of uncertainty that goes with that; everything from our retirement savings, disposable income and…

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