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Spotlight on: Kate Winsor

Photo by Shaun Menary. When I met Kate Winsor at an ad agency in Dallas, she immediately impressed me with her design aesthetics as well as her attention to detail in the midst of huge, disorganized processes. She is currently a proud mom, who is working as a UX freelancer. Because Kate is an expert…

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Fictional Friday:The App at the Heart of Tony Stark

Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, has to contend with some serious medical problems. His hard partying lifestyle, combined with his heart condition, means he’s got to really keep an eye on his health. Sure, he’s got JARVIS to watch over him electronically, but when he’s out and about, he needs something a little more subtle.…

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Fictional Friday: An App For Wonder Woman

No matter how much on her “A game” she is, Diana Prince still has to juggle a lot in her private life as well as her life as Wonder Woman. In a world where so many things are vying for our attention, it’s easy to lose track of the small details. Such as the common…

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How to Evaluate an App Pitch

Everyone you know has an idea for an app. Some of them are obvious, some are esoteric, but how can you tell which of these (after months of hard work) will turn into a mobile phenomenon? The company where I work has a published list of criteria that we use when judging the merits of…

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Fictional Friday: Spider-Man’s most used app

Switching universes from DC to Marvel, let’s imagine how Spider-Man would use his iPhone… I would expect him to still be using his iPhone 4 (because he’s still under contract, and he can’t afford to upgrade). He’d probably also wait for one more product cycle (the iPhone 5S?) since he’s waited this long anyway. His…

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Content Management Workflow

originally published on July 31, 2008 Overview Although all corporations have business processes that complicate workflow (for example, because of legal issues, or historical business reasons), a process that is mapped out in detail and vetted with all responsible parties as a part of the business requirements will help make the implementation of a content…

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Fictional Friday: peeking at Superman’s phone

If superheroes (or supervillains) had mobile phones, what apps would they use? The first thing that pops into my head when I think of Superman is kryptonite — his biggest weakness. Normally, I wouldn’t assume that a person would have an app for the thing they fear the most, or else there would be a…

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User Profiles and Usage Scenarios

It can start to feel mechanical when you’re designing the same features over and over again for websites or apps. The standard tableview of article titles, an article detail view, add comments form (with requisite login/register/forgot password), share to facebook, share to twitter…it seems like we’re adding the same features over and over to every…

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Content – Community – Call-to-action

Introduction One of the first things that I do when designing a website or an app is brainstorm and capture all of the different features or functionality that might be required. I’ll start by drawing three columns on a piece of paper and labeling them “content”, “community”, and “call-to-action”. Content For the content section, I…