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Interpreting today’s digital landscape and how it is transforming the human experience.

Narrowing the Gap between Intended and Realized UX Strategy

by Ken Ligrani
March 26, 2014

When HealthCare.gov, the federal health care exchange website, was released last October, the website incurred a variety of technical challenges, dubbing it a failure in the view of many both in and outside of the user experience industry. Since then, the site has undergone a number of updates designed to fix not only technical glitches, but also improve the user [...]

Interaction14: UX Awesomeness through the Introvert/Extrovert Spectrum

by Angela Craven
March 10, 2014

On February 6, I spoke at IxDA’s Interaction14, a conference dedicated to user experience and interaction design. The conference took place in Amsterdam and focused on the theme “Languages of Interaction Design.” Speakers were from all over and some came from fields outside of interaction design. The conference was fantastic and the environment inspiring! The sessions covered topics ranging from [...]

Learning, Sharing and Collaboration Afoot at EffectiveUI

by Beth Koloski
February 24, 2014

Recently at EffectiveUI, it feels like we’ve been emerging from a rather heads-down cycle into a more exploratory phase, with a renewed hunger for sharing, collaboration and learning new things. No big top-down mandate, or mandate at all. These have emerged from interested team members and practitioners with a desire to learn, share, collaborate and support each other in those [...]

7 Rules for Successful UX Project Scoping and Estimating

by Ryan Bell
January 27, 2014

Being in a role where “the rubber meets the road,” software developers must turn plans, designs, and visions into a functioning product. This means most of us have a keen interest in making sure we understand what’s involved with a project and are able to get to completion on time and on budget. Meeting this goal requires successful project scoping [...]

Interaction Design Tips: Creating Smooth Animations in PhoneGap Apps

by Alexandra Atzl
December 12, 2013

As a developer coming into my first PhoneGap (Cordova) project, I assumed it would be easy.  PhoneGap wraps up all your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and uses it to build native app packages for iOS and Android—this would be just like creating a regular web page, right? Not exactly. What I found is that while PhoneGap does make it easy [...]

Liferay Symposium 2013

by Steve Clement
November 29, 2013

The Liferay Symposium North America 2013 event in San Francisco happened last month, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak about my work on the Re-Imagine Reporting site for Water For People (http://reporting.waterforpeople.org). The three day symposium was a fantastic experience both as a presenter and as an attendee, and I thought I’d share some of the [...]

Creating and Updating API Documentation Automatically: An Introduction to Swagger

by Kevin
October 18, 2013

When developing client/server systems, the APIs used to expose services and resources on the server side must align with the needs and expectations of the client. Getting these APIs worked out usually requires a lot of back and forth between developers on what messages look like, what the services do and then how and where to use them. Let’s face [...]

Introverted UX Designers, You Are Not Alone

by Angela Craven
October 15, 2013

In many design agencies, the nature of the work often caters to extroverted personalities. However, as introverted designers, SuAnne Hall and I suspected that a lot of people who excel at and are passionate about design – specifically UX design – are actually quiet and introverted. So, this past spring, we set out to discover just how many designers tend [...]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Git

by Ryan Bell
September 18, 2013

Once upon a time, Subversion was what I knew when it came to source control. I was by no means an expert, but I could commit, branch, switch, merge and so on with relative ease. It was simple, and it met our basic needs. (This, by the way, is not a post knocking Subversion – I still like it, and [...]

Liferay and Spring MVC

by Steve Clement
September 17, 2013

Confession: I am a Spring guy. I love all the functionality Spring brings to the application development game. When presented with a new problem, I look first to Spring to see if they have already solved it or if they provide a way to hook into some Spring module so I can solve it myself in fewer steps. And if [...]