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- 9/30/2014

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Resources Around Data Visualization

Sep 29, 2014 - Data visualization resources to help in your designs It's difficult to take a large amount of data and turn it into a design that's easy for anyone to understand. Figuring out what patterns to look for, when to use static versus interaction patterns, and how shapes, overlaps and colors are used, [...]

I, Simulation

Sep 29, 2014 - Aral Balkan's “I, Simulation” talk about the current state of privacy and freedom in software and services is one the best presentations I've watched this year. Balkan talks about business models that focus on user data, and what that can mean to your Watch the talk below, given at Open Exchange [...]

Making Our Events More Inclusive For Those Under 21 (and Als [...]

Sep 29, 2014 - On Saturday, Benjamin Hollway, a 16 year old front-end developer, wrote a post about his recent experiences attending industry events. He's been coding since he was eight, and earlier this year he was shortlisted for Netmag’s Emerging Talent category. Yet non

The architecture of human experience

Sep 29, 2014 - Everything with a structure has an architecture, human experiences not excluded. “The built environment is the ultimate platform for human experience. No matter which social network we frequent or which software we use, we are all logging on from real, physical space – our house, our office, [...]

10th annual EuroIA Summit closing plenary

Sep 28, 2014 - A landmark event. For more than one reason. “The following was delivered as the closing plenary address at the European Information Architecture Summit in Brussels, Belgium on September 27, 2014.” (

A user experience model for project success

Sep 26, 2014 - Every designer their own model (a.k.a. perception) of what they’re doing. “We all want to be a part of compelling creative projects—projects that solve business problems and engage users through meaningful and valuable experiences. However, given tight budgets and timelines it’s [...]

A Bigger Threat than Heartbleed?

Sep 25, 2014 - Time to update those Linux servers again. A newly-discovered Linux flaw may be more pervasive, and more dangerous, than last spring’s Heartbleed. A newly discovered security bug in a widely used piece of Linux software, known as “Bash,” could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the [...]

Validations versus warnings

Sep 25, 2014 - Form design has a very long history, in print, online and digital. “There’s a major difference between form validations and warnings. Form validations enforce a set of rules and won't allow the user to proceed, while warnings alert the user about possible problems but will allow them to [...]

More about Accessibility and Personas

Sep 25, 2014 - Last year, I posted Personas in Accessibility, sharing some thoughts (as well as posing questions) about how personas should be used in the context of accessibility. I’ve been giving this topic some more thought lately. There are different schools of thought in User Experience about the [...]

Execution is Everything

Sep 24, 2014 - There are thousands of good ideas thrown about daily, but to execute just one good idea takes considerable effort. It requires that a team stays focused and in tune with the goal. It requires a system for execution – OKRs. That's what Christina Wodtke brings in this week's article. After we [...]

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