Curtains Up: Lessons in User Experience Design from the Stage

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Make an entrance.

Whether it’s a burlesque performer striding onto stage with an immense air of confidence, or a chamber musician somberly entering the concert hall, great performers know that an audience’s first impression sets the tone for an entire performance.

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Designing Together

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Recently, I discovered a new blog about user experience design, home to a popular 30-day crash course in user experience psychology. The blog’s tagline is Using, Abusing, and Designing Human Nature, which doesn’t bode well for a course about human psychology. As a UX designer, the last thing I want to do is use or abuse anybody! Read More ›

Bmoresponsive: Responsive Goodness!

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Ethan Marcotte, in A List Apart, introduced us to responsive web design a few years ago with the principles of fluid grids and flexible media. Little did we know that we would need to reexamine all of our working processes and strategies in light of these seemingly simple principles. How could we anticipate the implementation challenges we would face when our pixels turned to percentages and our image requests made our little phones want to turn off and go to sleep? Read More ›

Top 4 Do’s (and 1 Don’t) for Writing Awesomely Effective Emails

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As a project manager for large websites and software development, I’ve sent a lot of emails over the course of my career. Like, A LOT. I’ve learned that an email can either serve as an excellent communication tool or resource, or it can cause profound confusion for a project team. Read More ›

SXSW Interactive ’14: A Pilgrim’s Progress

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As the wild and wooly beast known as SXSW Interactive scratches its seven year itch, armed with a handful of SXSW experiences under our belts, TBG shares our observations of this living breathing, ever morphing bedazzled and at times bedeviling extravaganza.
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How Responsive Web Design is Pressurizing CMS Best Practices

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The runaway freight train that is Responsive Web Design has many obvious benefits for users—but for web developers and clients, there are a slew of other secondary effects that are both positive and destabilizing.
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I Just Found Out I’m A Corporate Sell-Out

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Recently I sat on a panel at the Windup Space, addressing students on the subject of “Finding Your Career Path in the Arts.” It’s impressive that these young folks, nearing graduation in all sorts of disciplines — illustration, dance, film, writing — are thinking so diligently about a 5-year, 10-year, even life-long plan. Read More ›

Your Site is Washington. Your Users Are in a House of Cards

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What if, rather than imagine them as real people, we tried to imagine our site users as characters on a TV show?  We have found that certain TV shows contain user personas instructive to—or at the least entertaining us during—our work as information architects. If a TV show is a website, then its characters are the site’s users. Read More ›

Takeaways from TEDx Baltimore: Spreading Ideas

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Many are familiar with TED talks, a global initiative aimed at inspiring ideas and change. Since its inception in 1984, TED talks have grown to reach one billion viewers, live and online, and have included talks from leaders like Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Bill Gates, to major influencers like Bono and Malcolm Gladwell, to scientists such as Jane Goodall and Nobel Prize winners. Read More ›

Takeaways from Breaking Development Conference

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This past October, I was fortunate enough to attend the Breaking Development conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Breaking Development focuses on emerging techniques for doing web development and design for the wide array of devices people use today.

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