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The Role of Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines When Building iPhone Apps

by Ryan Bell
April 23, 2013

If you have much exposure to the Apple ecosystem, you’ve probably heard of the HIG, or “Human Interface Guidelines.” This document outlines recommendations and standards for constructing apps that work according to “platform conventions” on either iOS or Mac OS X. As designers, developers, or business decision makers, it can sometimes be tempting to view the HIG as a set [...]

Liferay’s Role in the Water For People Online Reporting Platform

by Steve Clement
April 17, 2013

EffectiveUI has recently completed development on the new Water For People Re-Imagine Reporting application. This online reporting platform offers a new way for philanthropic organizations to manage data and prove their efficacy to stakeholders. As the technical lead on this project, I’d like to share some of my experiences, in particular how the Liferay portal platform contributed to the project’s [...]

Mobile Development: Platform Options and Framework Choices

by Lucas Jordan
April 16, 2013

At one of our recent Making Mobile Meaningful events, I hosted a breakout session to help attendees understand the options for mobile development, and the pros and cons of each. When deciding how content will be delivered to your users on mobile devices, there are several development options to consider. Let’s start by taking a quick look at the platforms [...]

Flat versus Rich Usability Design

by Noah Dempewolf
March 29, 2013

For about a year now, debate has been raging in the design community regarding the virtues of a “flat” design aesthetic versus a “rich” design style that makes greater use of bevels, reflections, drop shadows, gradients, textures, etc. This second design style is often incorrectly equated with skeuomorphism and attributed to Apple, while “flat” design has been more recently popularized [...]

The Rise of the Experience Economy at SXSWi

by Dan Saltzman
March 21, 2013

By now, South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) is a distant memory – a week is forever on the internets. All of us tech entreprenerds are safely back in our warehouse offices drinking our favorite single origin coffees. And for those of you who didn’t make it this year, it seems that the general consensus is that South By is so [...]

Mobile Strategy: Scoping Your Mobile App for Users on the Go

by Amanda Gagliardi
March 19, 2013

When moving from a desktop application to a mobile app, it’s tempting to say “Why would I want to limit the scope of my mobile app? The mobile version should have all the features and functionality of the desktop version.” Unfortunately, if your desktop application has a robust set of features, offering all that in a mobile app can lead [...]

How to Create and Deliver an Effective Conference Presentation

by Julia Barrett
March 13, 2013

Congratulations! You have been accepted to speak at a conference. Now you have the exciting (and perhaps nerve wracking) task of creating the content for your presentation. Here are a few tips to help you create and deliver a memorable and effective conference presentation. Review your abstract with two advisors Perhaps you over promised a little bit in your abstract? [...]

Sharing Our Digital Design Expertise at SXSW Interactive

by Teresa Kloser
March 7, 2013

It’s March already! Ski season is winding down, sunny days herald spring around the corner, and SXSW Interactive (#SXSW) takes Austin by storm. EffectiveUI team members who are attending this year’s event are busy prepping for two digital design panels and trying to choose from the dozens of worthy sessions to attend (no easy task). Plus, we’re all looking forward [...]

What I Learned at Denver Service Jam

by Angela Craven
March 5, 2013

This past weekend, March 1-3, I participated in the Denver Service Jam, sponsored by EffectiveUI. The event was part of the Global Service Jam, a service design challenge that brought together nearly 3000 people in more than 120 cities around the world. Our goal? To concept and prototype a service around a surprise theme in just 48 hours.

Announcing a New Experience Architect Program for Aspiring UX Designers

by Teresa Kloser
February 25, 2013

Experience architects (aka, UX designers) are in high demand these days. In some locations, such as the Denver/Boulder area, an influx of tech startups makes it difficult for companies to find the user experience (UX) design expertise they need. That’s why we have teamed up with the Denver-based startup ecosystem Galvanize to offer an intensive, six-month Experience Architect program for [...]