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

Workshop Facilitation Tips for Newbies

by Jason Grant
August 20, 2014

In an effort to broaden my “T-shaped skills,” I took a hard look at my skillset and realized that I was rather inexperienced at interfacing with clients. My colleagues who are client management Ninjas all possessed one common skill: workshop facilitation. My interests in human-centered design, rapid prototyping and working with non-designers on community issues all pointed toward a need [...]

Experience Design and the Language Factor

by Dan Saltzman
August 19, 2014

Though we’re a bit past the middle of 2014 now, I’ve just had my midyear inflection point. As I wrapped up another week last Friday, I spent an hour on a research call with my counterpart in our NYC office talking through what’s next for us in the space of creating amazing experiences for our clients. What our clients experience [...]

The UX Design Process: What Clients Need to Know

by Ari Weissman
August 15, 2014

Thinking about working with a UX agency for the first time? Great! Welcome! You’ve probably heard about user experience, user-centered design, usability and a host of other names for following a customer-centric approach to designing products. There is a wealth of nuance here, but these are the key things you need to know. It’s Not What You Think It may [...]

Voting is open for SXSW Interactive 2015

by EffectiveUI Team
August 14, 2014

Though it seems far away, the ball is already in motion for SXSW Interactive 2015, which takes place March 13-17 in Austin. Several of our team members have submitted proposals, including Patrick Vinson and Tony Walt, as outlined below. If these topics tickle your fancy, please click on the link below to vote for them. Can Good UX Be Too [...]

6 Ways to Improve Your Digital Product in an Agile Process

by Tara Litchfield
August 13, 2014

While working on an Agile team, I have seen patterns of process-related problems that affect delivering the best user experience (UX). The following are my observations with advice on how to improve the design process. 1. Don’t delay the best user experience It may sound obvious, but this problem is commonplace in the Agile process. The designer researches everything before [...]

The Downfall of the Static Comp in Interaction Design

by Ryan Casey
August 4, 2014

In the past, interaction design solutions were designed like a custom-tailored suit. Everything fit, dimensions were exact and the intended use was narrow, even singular. Designing a website to fit a 1024-pixel screen was commonplace. Pixel-perfect meant just that; the final product was a pixel-perfect build of the designed, architected solution. Documents such as the visual comp and wireframes were [...]

What I’ve Learned from Leading Design Thinking Class

by Beth Koloski
August 1, 2014

I’ve had a chance recently to lead Design Thinking classes, in various formats, all over the country. In addition to this being the most fun I’ve had in a while, I’ve learned a ton. We can and should be prototyping a lot faster. At EffectiveUI we prototype all the time. I’m often amazed by how quickly the talented folks around [...]

Should We Organize Apps by Color?

by Dustin Chambers
July 29, 2014

The iPhone is a great piece of kit, no doubt about it. Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 7, is the gold standard for interaction design and its app market is the envy of every product company on the planet. It is therefore quite bewildering that the company has not been able to provide an adequate system for categorizing and finding [...]

Reinventing Government-Resident Interactions with the City and County of Denver

by EffectiveUI Team
July 29, 2014

Today we have the opportunity to announce the start of an exciting project. EffectiveUI has begun working with the City and County of Denver on a new interactive platform where residents can easily find information and interact with the city government and its services. As our CEO Rebecca Flavin notes in the release, government agencies are generally faced with a [...]

Infographic Design 101

by Patrick Vinson
July 28, 2014

I’m not a huge fan of infographics these days. Some are purposeful and well-designed, but most leave me feeling disappointed. The purpose of an infographic is to make boring statistics and patterns more interesting, and it works when done well. They also provide the reader a point of disengagement – a mental time out from the cognitive load of reading. [...]