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The eight most common mistakes made on UX projects

I’ve worked in the UX discipline for over a decade now, and have been on a number of projects both large and small. One of the skills I’ve picked up in that time is pattern recognition, which helps me create…

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The day I saved Timothy Leary’s life

I realized a few days ago I had a couple of pretty good stories that I had never written up. One, involving Richard Simmons, I will not recount until he passes away (dead people can’t sue). The other, involving the…

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Seven things your boss needs to know about UX

As someone who has been in the user experience domain for a LOOONG time, I have had lots of conversations with many different executives. And, most of the time, these execs knew how to spell “UX”, but they didn’t know much…

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Star Trek is broken – here are ideas on how to fix it

Crosspost from http://www.trekmovie.com (and please check out the… interesting comments to this post there.) At last month’s official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, I had the privilege to speak about “Treknology”. The experience was great – I was thrilled at the…

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The human adventure is just beginning: How the optimistic future of Star Trek is more likely than we may think

“We are locally optimistic, and globally pessimistic.” That statement is a key point made in the book Abundance: the Future is Better than you think by Pete Diamandis and Steven Kotler. The quote is from one of the many people…

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UX’s Greatest Mysteries, revealed!

I’m a big fan of Penn and Teller, and have been for many years. I saw them live for the first time last month and was blown away at their performance. They were, and are, incredibly entertaining, and if you…

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Tips on how NOT to do a UX design project

I’ve worked on a lot of different projects in my career, and I’ve learned quite a bit. I’ve always said I’d rather learn from someone else’s mistakes instead of my own, but I’ve had ample opportunity to learn from my…

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Lessons in UX: How a high-level design makes everything better

I’ve been in several meetings where the words “high level design” was bandied about by designers and stakeholders. The importance of a high level design… well, it was unquestioned. A high level design was absolutely vital, to ensure the success…

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Endings

I’m going home. They say home is where your heart is, and that’s exactly right. My heart is with my family, and they aren’t here. They’re in my house in Dacula, Georgia, just northeast of Atlanta. Me? Well, for the…

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Rest in peace, Marilyn Daniel-Ware

Ignorance is definitely bliss. After a lovely, leisurely lunch with some friends today, I grew nostalgic. I thought back to my college days, to when I was doing college radio. I thought about the friends I made when I worked…

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Focus on the outcome, not the tool

I’m fighting with Adobe. Not literally, obviously – I’m not having physical altercations with a multinational corporation. I’m fighting with thier apps, specifically InDesign. And InDesign is winning. The thing is, it shouldn’t be. I’ve used page layout programs for…

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On pop culture, and drowning in abundance

When is the last time you got legitimately excited about a new movie or TV show? When you had a moment where the idea of seeing the premiere genuinely got your energy level up? If you’re like me, it probably…

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Always be closing.

We are salesmen. All of us. I have worked with colleagues who view people in sales and marketing departments with disdain, and I used to share such sentiments. They’re not creative, they’re just selling something other people did. They just…

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Lessons in design, from Don Draper: You are not the work.

John was sweating. He sat in a stiff plastic chair, waiting to be called in. John shifted in his seat, and tightened his tie. He needed to look his best. Don Draper always looked his best. Just two hours before,…

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Lessons in life, from Phil Hartman: Be the Glue

I’ve always been a big fan of Saturday Night Live. And yes, I know that there is a lot of “uncool”-ness reflected in that statement. The show has gone through many peaks and valleys through the years, but I’m still…

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The absent corpse: How Hollywood is hiding us from death

UPDATE: In the wake of the Aurora killings at a movie theatre showing The Dark Knight Rises, and with so many opinions being propagated around movie violence and it’s potential influence on what happened, I thought it would be appropriate…

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