User Experience

User experience isn’t an ingredient, it’s the whole damn meal.

The no-handoff method: bridging design and code

Project handoff is often compared to throwing your work over the fence for the next team to catch. Handoff is a near-universally recognized period of inefficiency and frustration baked into the waterfall method. While user-centered frameworks like Agile have broken down barriers between development and the end user, in practice the divisions between internal disciplines …

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Lo-fi wireframing for an Organic Orchard

Picture paradise and you are probably thinking of someplace just like Cummins Nursery. This organic orchard and self-described “u-pick paradise” is a well established destination IRL as well as online. At the farmstand you can buy veggies, fruits, and flowers all grown on their acres of fertile land. And online you can buy saplings for …

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Information Architecture vs. User Experience

A question I’m often asked is about the relationship between Information Architecture and User Experience. Im interested in any other interpretations, below is how these two disciplines take shape in my projects. Information Architecture falls under the umbrella of User Experience. IA looks at the organization and structure of website content to maximize usability, and …

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Everything is design. And all design is behavior.

“I think as time goes on, physics discovers what artists are already painting or doing.” Mary Corse Similarly, web development is slowly discovering the techniques artists employ. Instead of sketching we employ iterative rapid development techniques. Rather than striving for beauty we strive for reduced user friction. The goal of good art is a satisfying …

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More examples of no-handoff!

Project handoff is often compared to throwing your work over the fence for the next team to catch. Handoff is a near-universally loathed period of inefficiency and frustration baked into the waterfall method. Agile has made revolutionary strides towards better integrated teams and more frequent communication. However in practice I find that the divisions between …

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