You can be a usability specialist like Olly

Nice to see "Technology Usability Specialist" highlighted on the ABC’s "Ace Day Jobs" site. Technology Usability Specialist I have to agree with Oliver, one of the best parts of the job is the variety – I personally have worked for organisation ranging from defence to retailers to utilities to media companies. (Oh, and large software…

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Wireframing in Silverlight 1.0

If you are a designer working on a Silverlight 1.0 project, or if you are working with designers, check out the video by Arturo Toledo entitled "Workflow of Silverlight with Expression and Visual Studio from the recent "Silverlight 1.0 Fire Starter" event in the US. Arturo talks about wireframing in Expression Blend and emphasises the…

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High and Low Fidelity Prototyping

Gosh I love the serendipity that is Radio National. Today on Artworks they interviewed a ‘Concept Designer’. This guy (Iain) did conceptual mockups for movies like Ratatouille and the Star Wars prequels. The idea is to give the director a vision of how the movie will look before production starts. In this way this is the high-fidelity…

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What's better than usability testing?

Catching up on my reading, today I finally read this Microsoft Watch article on the Office 2007 redesign: How Microsoft Wrapped the “Ribbon” in a Bow. Among other things, it talks about how the Office team placed early (way pre-Beta) copies with testers in Fortune 500 companies in the Seattle, with an aim to evaluating…

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