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Disney buying 20th Century Fox? The potential impacts to pop culture

A month ago there was a very interesting report that The Walt Disney Company had been in discussions to buy 20th Century Fox’s entertainment assets… But that the talks had ended with no deal. This week, news is breaking that…

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The Beginners Guide to Service Design

As I look at how the user experience design domain has evolved over the past few years, one thing has become very clear to me: Screens aren’t that important anymore. In the early days of UX, screens was a primary…

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Love 007? Become a James Bond expert by watching these videos

I’ve been a Bond fan since the first time I saw Goldfinger, on the ABC Sunday Night Movie with my dad, at the age of six. In the four decades since, I have watched every film multiple times, read all…

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The Prisoner 50th Anniversary Set is a must-buy for fans of the series

Q: Did the Prisoner escape? McGoohan: No. The Prisoner never escapes. I mean, you are a prisoner of something. Everyone is a prisoner of something. You escape when you are released.. By death. It’s the final release. As to how…

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10 ways to revamp the #UX of your site

Social media sites and services like Facebook and Twitter are a great way to interact with colleagues, friends and customers… but for many it’s not enough. Yes, Virginia, the web site is still alive and well and (in my opinion)…

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Photos: College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta

Finally got a chance to go check out the COllege Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta recently. As I am a rabid fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide, I was quite pleased to see how well represented the team…

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Why the “Halloween trilogy” is one of my guilty pleasures

I’m not ready for Halloween to be over. It’s not that I dislike Thanksgiving or Christmas… I just love the feel of the Halloween season. It’s not the candy, the costumes, or the foliage… It’s all of the above, and…

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How can a software company attract and keep great user experience designers?

As someone who has hired UX designers and also been brought in to implement UX design principles into a company (who had no understanding of the discipline), I have some opinions on this question. Here’s the main one: UX designers…

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On Twin Peaks The Return… “A place both wonderful and strange”

“Man… woman… birth… death… Infinity.” Opening to Ben Casey So, we finally have an ending. And it’s one that is both perfect and maddening simultaneously. When you look of pop culture today, you see a world of sequels, reboots and…

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Goodnight, Nutty Professor: Jerry Lewis, RIP

I was driving home form a visit with my Mom when I saw an alert on my phone. Thinking it was a text message or a traffic bulletin, I glance down. And froze. I knew he was old. The last…

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How to get hired as a #UX designer (if you’ve never done it before)

There’s a high demand for user experience professionals these days – LinkedIn recently listed UX designer as one of the top 10 hot tech jobs in 2017. If you are interested in the discipline, but don’t have any practical experience…

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The ultimate Walt Disney World itinerary

There is a LOT to do in Walt Disney World, and many people can only afford to go once a lifetime. If this is you, and want to get the most out of your Disney trip, here are my thoughts…

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Lessons in #UX: On Discoverability and Learnability, where Apple doesn’t “just work”

A couple of months ago the New York Times features a very interesting article discussing the newest features that were being added to Apple’s iOS devices. More an op-ed than a news story, the piece interviewed developers and end user…

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Simple and easy tips to maximize your Walt Disney World vacation

I’m a Disney fanboy. Specifically I’m a Disney Parks fanboy. Even more specifically, Walt Disney World. As I live in Atlanta, I’m only an hour and a half flight away from the (second) house the Mouse built, and I try…

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How would you rank all the James Bond movies?

I’d rank them based on six criteria: Plot – Does it make sense in the context of the world of James Bond? Or does random weird stuff just happen? Action – Are the action sequences impressive, even after repeated viewings?…

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Lessons in #UX: How a Design Thinking workshop can help create new experiences

In my many years as a user experience designer I have tried many different techniques and approaches to “kickstart” projects. After identifying what worked and what didn’t, I “landed on” the Design Thinking workshop as my “go forward” strategy. Design…

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