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Happy 50th Anniversary to the Planet of the Apes!

I have to formally acknowledge the 50th Anniversary of the original and classic film, that wonderful movie that introduced us to a world where APES can talk and humans are mute: Planet of the Apes. I’m an apeophile from WAY back. Today is the official anniversary of the premiere of the classic film, and take […]

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UX Trends to look for in 2018

Here’s an article I wrote for Content Science Review, reposted here: Another year in the books, and it’s time once again to look at where the user experience field is going over the next 12 months. This year was a very interesting year for the field, with many of the things I predicted last year […]

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What are good ways to start learning user experience (UX) design?

First, understand that the user experience design is across multiple industries and areas – software, service design, retail, hardware, you name it. You should focus on the domain that you want to focus your user experience design efforts in and learn as much as you can in that domain. If it's hardware, spend time understanding […]

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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 the negotiation is back on, and a potential deal may be announced as early as […]

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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 focus of design efforts, if not THE focus… because that was the key design deliverable […]

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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 of the original Fleming novels, collected copious amounts of Bond toys books and magazines (much […]

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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 and where you go… well, it depends on what kind of prisoner you were. As […]

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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) the best way to present content on the Internet. It is also an easy way […]

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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 is – I was also impressed by the use of RFID technology to allow fans […]

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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 more. I was born in late September, so fall was always a time I got […]

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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 want to make a difference in users lives. Help them, and let them. We don’t […]

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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 retreads (and the incredibly disappointing nature of most of them) many looked upon the idea […]

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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 time I saw a video of him was the infamous interview footage this past year, […]

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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 as a UX designer, you may think you don’t have much of a chance of […]

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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 on the ultimate WDW itinerary. I have built this itinerary to make sure you get […]

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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 of some of the features, and made the case that the features… well, aren’t easy […]

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