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  • Blog Post: Why are we happy?

    A weekend treat for you… If you haven’t seen this profound talk from TED conference couple of years back, you should definitely check out. Although it’s not directly related to UX Design, it inspired me to think about why users are less satisfied with a UI when there are too many ways for them to accomplish...
  • Blog Post: Digital Brand Experience Matters

    I came across FEED this morning, which is the annual report of the study Razorfish conducts on customer behaviors. The report this year focuses on understanding how digital is changing the way that consumers interact with brands. This is what they found out: [Digital] Experience matters. A lot. So much...
  • Blog Post: Beautiful Designs with Usage in Mind

    Don Norman’s book “ Design of Everyday Things ” taught me the importance of usability, and his book on “ Emotional Design ” taught me the critical role that aesthetics play in overall user experience. When I see designs that beautifully unite both usability and aesthetics, I smile and want to share with...
  • Blog Post: Designers are Evangelists

    Do you think designers are evangelists? Outside of the religion context, an evangelist “is a person who enthusiastically promotes or supports something” according to Wikipedia. Based on this definition, we designers are obviously User Experience evangelists. The slide below is from the training that...
  • Blog Post: New Design for MSDN Newsletter

    Yesterday we sent out our newly designed MSDN Developer Newsletter. Many of you have already sent your feedback on the new design. Thank you! As you probably noticed, the newsletter is in Beta format now, so we’ll review all your feedback and continue improving the newsletter design and content. This...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: MIX09 Inspirations: Back to the Drawing Board

    From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies...
  • Blog Post: Return on Experience – learning from 3 Keynotes

    I watched three inspiring keynotes this week: two from MIX and Robert Fabricant's Interations’09 keynote . Our guest blogger Robert Burke did a very good job of highlight the MIX keynotes, I want to capture the key things I learned from these keynotes to share with you. Both Deborah Adler and Robert...
  • Blog Post: Happy First Day!

    As we are getting ready to celebrate the First Day of 2009, one of my colleagues from Brasil sent me the following note. I really like his way of thinking about First Day. Here I wish everyone Happy New Year and many Happy First Days! Below is an electronic holiday greeting card signed by all my teammates...
  • Blog Post: Interaction Designer's Elevator Pitch

    There's a very interesting discussion thread going on at IxDA forum, called "Interaction Designers: What is your elevator pitch?" I consider myself an Interaction or UX Designer who is evangelize UX to the designer and developer community. Although UX Design is a broader term than Interaction...
  • Blog Post: Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, PART 3

    Note:  This is the third post in a three post series on succeeding as a professional in IT during a recession. Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes.  There's an awful lot of uncertainty that goes with that; everything from our retirement...
  • Blog Post: Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, PART 2

    Note: This is the second post in a three post series on succeeding as a professional in IT during a recession. Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes. There's an awful lot of uncertainty that goes with that; everything from our retirement...
  • Blog Post: Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, PART 1

    Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes. There's an awful lot of uncertainty that goes with that; everything from our retirement savings, disposable income and job security. IT as an industry is certainly not immune to these worries and as...
  • Blog Post: The Mojave Experiment

    I'm back from my vacation in China now. In addition to watch Olympics with my family and friends, I did quite a few things I haven't done before like climbing water falls with metal chain, ride on the those bamboo rafts that I saw so many times in Chinese Kungfu shows, flying on top of forest though...
  • Blog Post: Where do you get your inspiration?

    Lately I ran into different blogs and articles that talk about inspiration. So, where do you get your inspiration? Here are some tools and resource for inspiration. Inspired by Mood Moodstream: Getty’s Streaming Inspiration “The site cycles through photos, videos and music using their huge...
  • Blog Post: A solution to hard drive space problems

    As the proliferation of media (music, video, etc.), project files and programs continues to grow, so does the headache of managing your hard disk drive space. If you're anything like me, you're probably frustrated in always archiving data just to make space on your hard drive without knowing where exactly...
  • Blog Post: Bill Buxton: Designing User Experience

    Recently Bill Buxton sat down with Charles Torre from Channel 9 talking about Designing User Experience . It's an fascinating interview on design thinking and how design, technology and business interlink together focusing on end users. Bill Buxton joined Microsoft Research as a Principle Researcher...
  • Blog Post: What does it take be a UX designer?

    I went to the season kick-off of Waterloo User Experience Group meeting last night. The session is called "UX ChitChat" - cute! One topic we chitchatted was what takes someone to be a UX designer? This is a popular question and have been asked by people not only try to get into the field but also asked...
  • Blog Post: My First Three Months as a UXA

    Today is my three-month anniversary of working as a User Experience Advisor(UXA) at Microsoft Canada. How time flies! Thinking back three months ago today: I got lost two times when trying to orient myself in the building; I was very impressed and confused at the same time by how many acronyms people...
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